When a patient’s story sticks with you: Josh Bern describes his experience
Going the distance
Bern has worked in the SNICU since graduating from the UI College of Nursing four years ago.
“What motivates me is that when you’re involved with treating patients with life-threatening injuries and illness, you also start to realize that you have a part to play in helping these patients and their families recover from a very challenging time,” he says.
Bern initially was drawn to the SNICU after learning of the opportunities it would provide. He knew it was a unit where he could grow both personally and professionally.
“The SNICU kind of became my home,” he says. “You take care of not only neurology patients but also traumas and transplants. It allows me to see something different every day. Every day is a learning experience.”
A valuable perspective
From the toughest days to the most routine, Bern is supported by his colleagues.
“You become very attached to your team. You realize you’re all there for the same goals and you all have the same mentality,” he says. “We carry each other’s weight; you’re never carrying it alone.”
In the past four years, Bern has developed a greater appreciation for the many gifts in his own life.
“You get to see firsthand that your actions can sometimes make the experience of a patient and their family a little easier. I think we better ourselves by bettering those around us.”