Hospital sponsors art, writing contest

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By The Staff

Baptist Hospital Northeast recently hosted an essay and drawing contest for Oldham County students.

In the kindergarten through second grade drawing division, Payton Herold, a second-grader at Camden Station Elementary earned first place for her drawing.

Hailee Bates, also a second-grader at Camden Station, earned second place, and A.J. Hattabaugh, a first-grader at La Grange Elementary, earned third place.

In the third through fifth grade drawing division, Caitlin Rice, a fifth-grader at Buckner Elementary earned first place for her drawing.

Sophia Sharon, a fifth-grader at Buckner Elementary, earned second place. Jarret Baker, also a fifth-grader at Buckner Elementary, earned third place.

All drawings were displayed at the hospital during the week of Oct. 27.

Lindsey Davidson earned first place for her essay, below, “What Quality Healthcare Means to Me.” Davidson is a senior at Oldham County High School. She earned a $1,000 prize for her entry.

Ryan Heite, also a senior at OCHS, earned $500 for his second place entry, and Taylor Clements, a freshman at North Oldham High School, earned third place and a $250 prize.

First place – Essay contest

What Quality Healthcare Means to Me

By Lindsey Davidson, Oldham County High School

"I truly learned what quality healthcare is during those three days in May when I was assigned to a resident in the TRC unit at Baptist Hospital Northeast for my clinical hours to earn my CNA. I had been over the textbook several times and practiced the steps to everything I would need to do over and over again, but I didn’t know I was about to learn the more important part about caring for a resident and quality healthcare.

I learned that quality healthcare does not only involve making sure that your patients’ or residents’ basic needs are met. It involves treating them like a person, not a job. I also learned that caring for a resident’s physical needs is not enough. By the second day of my clinicals, I had figured this out.

It was day two and he had hardly spoken a word to me; only talking when necessary. I couldn’t help but to feel sorry for him as he sat in his recliner staring out the window. That’s when I got the idea to take him outside, figuring he would like to get some fresh air and get out of the hospital for a little while.

As I pushed him through the courtyard in his wheelchair he began to open up and talk about his family and the job he retired from after several years. He even classified all the trees and plants out in the courtyard. His attitude improved greatly after our little walk outside and I couldn’t believe how such a little thing had done so much to improve his attitude and make him happy.

I can only hope that a better mental outlook will be there to help him if and when physical issues arise. He taught me such a huge lesson on how much the small stuff really matters that day and he didn’t even realize it.

I learned that quality healthcare is not just about meeting the physical needs of patients or residents. Without catering to their mental and social needs, you are not giving them the quality healthcare that everyone deserves. He taught me more than I could have ever learned from a textbook. I am confident that I will always apply this lesson learned from my first days on the job throughout my nursing career."