CHICAGO (CBS) – In honor of National Nurses Week, CBS 2 introduces you to some local nurses who are saving lives and changing the situation in the Chicago area.
Meet Sharon Munch: “We really affect everyone’s life”
The Oak Park native has been a nurse for 25 years and works at Ingals Hospital at the University of Chicago School of Medicine.
“A close friend was my teacher and was a nurse, so she kind of told us, two friends, to be nurses,” Munch said.
She cares for patients struggling with cancer.
“We affect the lives of every person we physically touch,” Munch said.
Meet Colin McIntyre: “It’s affected my life so much”
McIntyre has been a nurse for 20 years and currently works as a nurse manager for ciliates at the University of Chicago Ingalls Memorial.
She grew up in Bervin, Illinois.
“The most rewarding part of the job is definitely the relationship with the patients. Being a nurse is very important. It’s affected my life so deeply,” McIntyre said.
Meet Karen Galloway: “My mother was a nurse … I wanted to be like her”
Galloway is a nurse in the emergency department at Ingals Hospital at the University of Chicago School of Medicine in Tinley Park. She is from New Lennox and has been a nurse for 30 years.
“My mother was a nurse. I saw her when I grew up, I took care of people all my life, and I wanted to be like her, ”Galloway said.
She said it was a difficult time to be a nurse, with a pandemic and staff.
“I like it when people appreciate what I do. I like to see people recover for what I may have done to help them, ”Galloway said.
Meet Conor Powell: “Nurses have more influence than people realize”
Powell, a native of Tinley Park, is a nurse in the intensive care unit at Silver Cross. He has been working as a nurse for the third year.
“What I love most about my work is the daily effects I have on my patients,” he said. “There is no better feeling than noticing early a change in my patient’s condition.”
Powell wanted to change the situation, and family members in the medical field motivated him to become a nurse.
“Nurses have more influence than people realize, and I’m happy to be a part of that,” he said.