My turn: Saving lives, saving money

By From page A4 | April 03, 2013

When I graduated from nursing school a few decades ago, I was anxious to start working in the hospital putting sick people “back together again.” This led to a high-intensity nursing job in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Working with micro preemies and other infants needing intensive care was rewarding and what most individuals envision nursing to be. All I could think of after a few years of practice in this area was, “I want to prevent illness and disease, not just treat it.” It was not until later when I got a job outside of the hospital to take care of the infants after they went home, and worked with high-risk pregnant women and their families to prevent sick babies, that I truly understood the positive impact public health has on each and every member of the community. Not to mention the economic benefits of achieving and maintaining optimal health.

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