Celebrating National Nurses Week

Experience a day in the life of a U-M nurse

At age 11, Jacqueline Cook, RN, BSN, already knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.03

After seeing a nurse on television helping others, she was inspired to bandage her friends’ wounds, treat scratches and pull stitches. When her father was diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension, she cared for him daily, administering insulin and other lifesaving medications. Her career aspirations became clear—to help others who were sick.

Jacki began working at U-M when she was only 16 years old. She is now a registered nurse in the Cardiothoracic Vascular ICU in University Hospital, and for 25 years has shown commitment and dedication to her many patients, visitors and colleagues.

When asked what she finds most rewarding about her career, Jacki’s answer is simple: serving others.

“I love making a difference in someone else’s life,” she says.  “It’s knowing that I can help a patient not only by providing care, but through kind words or just simply sitting with them and holding their hand. Sometimes dampening their forehead with a cold washcloth or giving them a hug helps them to make it through. Who can beat that?”

Patients and visitors often show great appreciation. The two statements she hears the most are “Thank you for caring for my loved one” and “Will you be back tomorrow?”

I’ve heard many stories about U-M nurses just like Jacki.  Nurses who always put their patients first.  Nurses who are selfless, compassionate and professional.  Nurses who go above and beyond to provide the best care whenever possible.

It’s with these countless individuals in mind that I ask you to celebrate National Nurses Week with me.

To kick off the week, I would like to share a video that shows just how much our nurses accomplish and how many lives they touch every day.  Please take a moment to watch while reflecting on how a nurse has positively impacted your life.

Let us know who you are celebrating this week!  Tag or tell us a story about your favorite #umichnurse on Twitter and Facebook.

Take the next step:

new_logos_180x1806For more than 160 years, the University of Michigan Health System has been a national leader in advanced patient care, innovative research to improve human health and comprehensive education of physicians and medical scientists. The three U-M hospitals have been recognized numerous times for excellence in patient care, including a #1 ranking in Michigan and national rankings in many specialty areas by U.S. News & World Report.


Nursing at Michigan represents an extraordinary professional nursing community of more than 4,500 nurses in a multitude of practice and advanced practice roles. U-M nurses strive to provide exquisite, evidence-based care to thousands of patients annually in a compassionate and innovative practice environment.