It's National Nurses' Week and Billings Clinic is honoring the medical professionals at the Nurse Achievement Awards.
The Nurse Achievement Awards is a time when co-workers can nominate their fellow nurses for excellent performance. And new this year, patients can nominate their own nurses as well. Nurse Rosalie Bush is very special to the Mehling family. They nominated her for treating their daughter, Adaira, who has cystic fibrosis.
"She's been there through every cough and cold because she gets a phone call from us every time she has a sniffle. Every time we have a questions about medications that phone call ends up going to her," says Randy Mehling.
Two and a half year old Adaira Mehling was diagnosed with the disorder two weeks after she was born. The Mehlings say Rosalie has been invaluable in giving pointers on how to feed Adaire without using a feeding tube, something that is common in cystic fibrosis patients.
"She really develops a personal relationship with each of those patients and families as well," says Mehling.
And she's always on call.
"Her cell phone number is in my phone. How many people have their doctor's cell phone number or their nurses in the phone? Not many," says Mehling.
But that's because Rosalie doesn't consider providing care as an occupation.
"It's always a progression it's more like a friendship than it is a job," says Bush.
And she strives to help her patients, like little Adaira, have the most enjoyable life possible.
"I keep telling them you all have to stay well. I want to dance at your weddings. I want to attend your retirement. But it does truly give you purpose in life," says Bush.
Rosalie will retire next year but she will continue to help out as a nurse part time, and keep doing what she loves most, helping others. Nurses nominated by patients at Billings Clinic received a certificate, a pin, and the nomination form submitted by the patients.