Nurses’ Week Spotlight: Michelle Miksza
Nurses’ Week – established in honour of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing – is a longstanding tradition of celebrating the tremendous role that nurses play in every stage of a resident/patient’s healthcare journey. The COVID-19 pandemic brings to light the courage and commitment nurses bring to their profession every day.
Medical Pharmacies is entwined with nurses in all that we do, across all our lines of business, which is why our Nurses’ Week theme this year is friendship. Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our friends in nursing, Michelle Miksza, who works as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) at MPGL.
1. What is your role At MPGL?
I work as an RPN for MGPL at the satellite Macular Eye Clinics where I prepare the eyes for injections for Dr. Sharma, a Retinal Specialist.
2. Why did you want to be, or what was inspiration to become an RPN?
I always wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a little girl because I wanted to help people get better. In high school, I was always interested in science and how it related to the human body. Also, I had a biology teacher that, through his encouragement and his teaching of biology, inspired me to become a nurse.
3. What has been your favorite experience at MPGL?
Working in a field of nursing that I previously didn’t know that well – the field of Ophthalmology. The eye clinic is a very calm and enjoyable place to work. Our team is like a family that works very well together and supports each other.
4. If you could interview on person (dead or alive) in the healthcare industry, who would it be and why?
The person I would love to interview would be Florence Nightingale because she is the model of what a nurse was and still is today. She was a pioneer for changing the standards of nursing and how they were implemented. An example of this is how she changed hygienic standards in hospitals, i.e., hot water pumped through the pipes so that it would result in fewer infections and deaths. I would like to ask her how she changed the minds of governments to change the standards of how to take care patients, and how she persevered through getting people to change the mindset of nursing.
5. Which has been more valuable in your career, your education or your experience? Why?
My experience has been most valuable in my career because, through my various nursing jobs, I have become more confident as person. My education helped me implement my knowledge to take care of patients, but my experiences helped me grow into a better nurse. For example, I feel that if an emergency came up that I had to handle, like a patient having a heart attack or a psychotic episode, I could handle it a lot better than when I was first out of college.