Joyce Berkley Celebrates 43 Years of Service at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Joyce Berkley Celebrates 43 Years of Service at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center


(uplifting music) – This was back in ’73 and when I look at her now, I wanna say almost
naive, I just didn’t have any idea what to expect. What basically got me into nursing, was that I would see my
aunt, she had this crisp, white uniform on, the
stockings and the shoes, and I thought “Oh wow, I
would love to do that.” And then when I got into it, you know, I realized it wasn’t too bad. You know, I just like the
idea of helping patients. The uniform is significant because even if I leave the hospital
and I go to the market and I still have my uniform on, just treated differently, you can tell. I like the all basic one color now. And even the white, the
white would still get dirty, with this you can’t kinda tell. I came here in 1974. I was working med-surg, medical-surgical. The head nurse at the time was Jean Bosek and they wanted to initiate
a inter-room stroke unit. I told her I didn’t have a
lot of expertise in stroke patients other than what
she saw me do on the floor. She said, “Plus, the
hospital will send you to rehab facility up in New York to kind of give you some background.” Another thing that kind
of clinched the deal was the fact that I would
have my weekends off. And in 1980, for any RN to have weekends off, that was a plus. When I got back to Franklin Square, we all initiated a team, we had a doctor of physical medicine, a Dr. Richer, we had physical therapy, OT. Speech therapy would come
in and it’s consultation and I would meet with them once a week and we would go over the patient. We had a four-bed, co-ed room, so this was men and females together in a room. Lot of the family members
were a little anxious because you know, back then, you didn’t have men and women together. But a lot of the patients didn’t care because they were into their surroundings so much,
they want to get better. We only had ’em for two
weeks, it was like a interim period to kind of, get
them to a point where they could initiate with
their physical therapy. Another thing I helped
with was getting patients ready for what we call,
early morning admission. It used to be a time
patients would come in the day before get prepped and prepared. Just the way technology was changing, they felt that patients
could come in day of. We nurses are you know,
supposed to be humbled and years in the past, we were. But now… I just feel that you know, it’s okay to say you know to be on a personal level and to say, that we’re good at what we do! (uplifting music)

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