The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital in Broward Health Medical Center is where you’ll find our Nurse of The Month, Tresha Powell. And her passion for taking care of children has deep roots within her family.
"I became a nurse because I grew up in a family of health-care providers, and growing up, I witnessed how caring they were towards their patients and how their lives impacted them. My dad and sister are both nurses, and because of them, because of the passion they've portrayed, I wanted to be just like them, and I share that same passion for helping people," said Powell.
The babies in the NICU are typically born prematurely and many of them have health issues. For Tresha, doing her part to help the baby, and their parents, is incredibly rewarding.
"The most rewarding part of being a NICU nurse in particular is seeing a baby that was once critically ill get better and they get to graduate and they get to go home and be with their parents. They did all the things that they needed to do to graduate from the NICU, even learning how to eat from a bottle and if they get to do that and they do it well, they get to go home. For me, graduation day is the most rewarding," said Powell.
Not only does Tresha help the babies and their families, she’s also proven to be a huge help to the hospital and her fellow nurses.
"She does primary nursing, she is always at the bedside, she takes care of just not the baby but also the mother. She really looks out for her patients and vouches for them and she is like a second mother when the parents are not here," said Anleen Foster Dixon, RNC NIC, Interim Nurse Manager.
And she has a bright future at Broward Health.
"There is growth, there is potential because she finds other avenues to get involved in. Within the unit there are different areas and she always gets involved in them, and if you ask her for a project she's ready and will never say no," said Anleen Foster Dixon, RNC NIC, Interim Nurse Manager.
Congratulations to Tresha Powell, our February Nurse of the Month. My Favorite Nurse is brought to you by West Coast University. If you know a nurse like Tresha, make sure to nominate them at myfavoritenurse.com.