DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — During National Nurses Week, WDHN has been bringing you stories of nurses from all around the Wiregrass.
Marthalyn Meyer moved with her husband to the Circle City after completing her degree at the University of Alabama.
She knew since university that she wanted to be a nurse who worked in the surgery department so being able to care for patients before and after their procedures is just a dream come true.
She is now a post-anesthesia care unit nurse at Southeast Health and said surgery can be a very critical time.
“Surgery can be a very scary and vulnerable time for people,” Meyer said. “My goal is not just to take care of them medically but also make sure they feel safe and supported.
According to Meyer, her patients are given hard drugs during surgery, and it is important that someone watch over them and make sure their airways are taken care of.
She said every now and then there are people who wake up in a funny mood but most of the time people are scared and confused when they wake up from their procedure.
“They’ve just had a breathing tube in their throat for surgery most of the time,” Meyer said. “We want to make sure they are breathing okay. We also want to make sure their pain is taken care of and try to get them as comfortable as we can.”
Meyer said it takes a village to take care of everybody. She and fellow nurses care for patients before, during, and after a procedure. She said all nurses are amazing but the ones in her unit are especially special.
“We have wonderful floor nurses and ICU nurses, but I work with some really incredible people in the surgery department,” Meyer said.
As National Nurses Week comes and goes, Meyer said it is important for the community to continue to appreciate nurses for all the hard work they do.