Stories

We invite you to share some of your “I’m Here” moments and celebrate the power of presence!

  1. PRCC Department of Nursing :

    Marcus Engel spoke as though we were sitting at a table together sharing a story. He was able to open up about his life story and share his personal feelings on the care he received and how it impacted his life. Sometimes the greatest person to impact our life can be the person who does the simplest thing, in his case hold his hand and remind him she is there with him. I think that in studying to be a nurse we need to remember the smallest detail is we are there for our patient. Yes we have a job to make sure gets done, but the main goal should be to let your patient feel your caring, your patience, your helping desire, and your teaching desires to make their life better.

  2. PRCC Department of Nursing :

    I really enjoyed hearing Marcus Engel speak at our nursing convention. His story was by far my favorite part of convention. It really helped me to hear what his thoughts were as he spent time in the hospital. I definitely fought back tears through his entire story. Not only did he help me to look at my role as a nurse from the patient’s point of view, he reminded me of why I chose the profession of nursing to begin with. I’m definitely experiencing burn out as we approach the end of second semester and his story is just what I needed to give me that boost to keep going. Mr. Engel, if you are reading this I want to thank you for taking out the time to speak at our convention. I’m pretty sure you touched many of us that day and I am very thankful you were there. I wasn’t able to purchase your book because you ran out of copies but I plan on purchasing it on the internet and can’t wait to read it!

  3. PRCC Department of Nursing :

    The speech Mr. Engel gave at our MOADN convention was one that I will never forget as long as I live. His story touched my heart and reminded me that even the smallest gestures make the biggest difference. The “I’m here” movement is, in my opinion, representative of the most important aspect of the healthcare that is often forgotten. Nurses often lose sight of the impact they have on patients just by being present for them during the time they are in the hospital. Often we become so tied up in the difficult tasks at hand that we forget how important the basics are. How easy is it to take a minute out of our day to sit down and be present, to be “here” for someone? It is something that we should do with every patient, in every hospital, in every clinic, in every healthcare and personal setting we encounter. The movement is more than just for healthcare professionals, it’s for life. I am amazed at the impact one person had on Mr. Engel. This is a lesson that is invaluable and I wish that he could speak at every nursing school in the country before graduation. I will take his story with me throughout my career and pass it on to my children. Mr. Engel, you reminded me why I want to be a nurse. Thank you for taking your time to educate us all and provide us with a window into the world of the patient who is unable to communicate verbally and unable to see. I can’t wait to read your books!

  4. PRCC Department of Nursing :

    Marcus Engels speech was truly amazing to hear. His story about his tragic accident, his road to recovery, challenges and over all experience with people in the medical field truly touched my heart. It made me realize that the littlest things can impact someone’s life, especially when they are at rock bottom. His story inspired me to become more than just a nurse, become that person that changes someone’s life and inspires them to live. I always put my all in to my patient interactions but this just makes me want to do 200% instead of 110% when interacting with patients. You never know what a difference that may make to your patients life. I look forward to reading his book and learning more about his story. I will never forget the impact his story made on my life.

  5. PRCC Department of Nursing :

    Marcus Engel showed the importance of truly being there for a patient. Just the simple act of holding someone’s hand can help them through a major life changing event. Listening to him speak has made me think about how just being there for my patient, reminding them that they are a person and not just their medical diagnosis or required treatments can make all the difference in the world to them.

  6. PRCC Department of Nursing :

    Mr. Engel impacted me by how strong he is and how much heart he has, to be able to get through such a traumatic event that completely changed his life. He could have easily given up on the rest of his life, but he persevered through insurmountable odds and is able to positively impact thousands if not millions of people because of it. He reinforced my belief that being able to relate with a patient and making them feel as though you truly care about them as a human being is just as important as properly executing physician’s orders. I will do my best throughout my nursing career to remember the positive effect this has on each and every patient by remembering how much it helped Mr. Engel through his recovery. I will also remember that the positive impact I have on every patient I get to care for has the ability to positively impact other people, not just my patient.

  7. PRCC Department of Nursing :

    Mr. Engel was a joy to listen to. I truly enjoyed listening to his story of overcoming incomprehensible circumstances. His humor kept me smiling, and hearing how his health care providers made a difference in his time of need was amazing. It made me feel proud to be working on a career in nursing. I want to strive daily to leave the type of impact on my patients that his team made on him.

  8. PRCC Department of Nursing Education :

    To provide compassion and patience with patients. To communicate effectively so that patient is informed which may help anxiety and confusion regarding patient situation. people can overcome many deficits with tenacious efforts and effective support system.

  9. PRCC Department of Nursing Education :

    I enjoyed him speaking to us. I loved hearing the other end of what a nurse does. A truly heart touching story . I will forever remember to let my patients know and feel that I am here.

  10. PRCC Department of Nursing Education :

    I am glad that he chose to share his story with us. He made it an eye opener of the little things we can do as nurses to not make patients feel like patients but like people. I hope I can be a “Barb” or a “Jenny” to many patients that I will come in contact with.

  11. PRCC Department of Nursing Education :

    Mr. Engel taught the importance of compassion and care for patients. He helped me see how to go about giving the proper care to patients. He is a very inspiring man and a strong person. It was an honor to get to meet him and hear him speak.

  12. PRCC Department of Nursing Education :

    The speech Mr. Engel gave at our MOADN convention was one that I will never forget as long as I live. His story touched my heart and reminded me that even the smallest gestures make the biggest difference. The “I’m here” movement is, in my opinion, representative of the most important aspect of the healthcare that is often forgotten. Nurses often lose sight of the impact they have on patients just by being present for them during the time they are in the hospital. Often we become so tied up in the difficult tasks at hand that we forget how important the basics are. How easy is it to take a minute out of our day to sit down and be present, to be “here” for someone? It is something that we should do with every patient, in every hospital, in every clinic, in every healthcare and personal setting we encounter. The movement is more than just for healthcare professionals, its for life. I am amazed at the impact one person had on Mr. Engel. This is a lesson that is invaluable and I wish that he could speak at every nursing school in the country before graduation. I will take his story with me throughout my career and pass it on to my children. Mr. Engel, you reminded me why I want to be a nurse. Thank you for taking your time to educate us all and provide us with a window into the world of the patient who is unable to communicate verbally and unable to see. I can’t wait to read your books!

  13. PRCC Department of Nursing Education :

    As a future nurse, Marcus Engel deeply impacted me. He reminded me that the actions of caring nurses ARE noticed and appreciated. He also put into words how the care he received impacted his motivation, and hope for the future. How awesome is that? The people that took care of him were super heroes in my book! Nursing school can be very discouraging at times. Hearing him speak gave me the much needed reminder of why I went into the profession of nursing.

  14. As an RN for over 23 years and the Director of Patient Experience at a large level II Medical Center – I had the great opportunity to invite Marcus to come and speak for our Celebration of Patient Experience Week – what a gift he has been! I have to say… I have not been so moved in such an inspirational way in quite some time. I hear Patient Stories every day, stories of tragedy, challenges and also stories of Miracles… but perhaps I have not been listening as intently as I need to be.
    Marcus has re-instilled the importance of “Listening” and just being there for our patients and families… Marcus’ story is one that every Healthcare worker, no matter what your role is, should listen to. Our patients just want to be known as people, not patients. Time for all of us to get back to Compassionate Care 101.
    As I walk through the halls of our Medical Center today, I am stopped to say what a great gift hearing Marcus was and the impact he has left on so many.
    Marcus – you are a true gift. Thank you for sharing and caring!

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