Still Making a Difference
I found so much fulfillment working as a nurse in the acute care setting for 20 years. So although it was very intriguing to me to join AvaSure, an exciting and innovative company, I wouldn’t have made the transition last fall if I didn’t know I would still be making a positive impact on the lives of patients. Keeping patients safe, in particular preventing falls, is something that propels me out of bed every day!
When I work with hospitals that have implemented the AvaSys system, I think often of my dad, Lloyd Jacobsen, who just turned 80. He spent his whole adult life as a minister, devoted to helping others. Although he is retired, he still lives a life with such purpose. He still has so much wisdom to share. However, when he is hospitalized he gets confused easily and has trouble remembering the nurses’ instructions. I also know from my nursing experience that a bad fall at his age is the beginning of the end. The literature tells us that more than a quarter of older people who fall and fracture a hip die within a year. Eighty percent are left with severe mobility problems, no longer able to walk a city block.
And falls have effects on how people view their world. As the National Council on Aging says: “Falls with or without injury also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, self-limit activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation and feelings of helplessness.”
So when I’m working with our customers to ensure they are getting the quality and financial outcomes they are striving for, I’m also thinking about their individual patients. I love hearing the “great catch” stories from new telesitters, who thrill the first time they intercede to prevent a fall or help rescue someone in respiratory distress. They understand they have saved someone from a life-changing event. Not many people get to prevent so much harm.
This is why I love working for AvaSure. It is not just about technology, or risk assessment or clinical protocols. It is about making a difference in the lives of countless people across the United States, people like Rev. Lloyd Jacobsen, who had helped so many in his career. That feeling is beyond measure.