Nurse Volunteers Make Patients Feel Special

To help patients at her local hospital, Brooke Johns, a nurse at Southern Hills Hospital, spends her days off volunteering to pamper patients.

“There’s something therapeutic about the human touch, as well,” Johns said. “Human talking, human touching, it’s that connection that we’re all hard-wired for.”

Johns started volunteering at the hospital five months ago after a friend of hers was hospitalized.

Johns told the local news network, “Her hair was very snarled, she was too weak to brush it out herself and it was something she was very worried about so, one of the times I was up there I was able to brush out her hair and braid it and just talk with her.”

Johns’ kindness has touched more than one heart.

Sierra Stein, a former patient at the hospital described how when she was hospitalized, John’s pampering made her feel special and helped her feel motivated to recover.

“COVID is going around and there’s a lot of isolation,” Stein noted. “You can’t have visitors or someone to come in with you or hold your hand and to have someone just to be able to braid your hair makes you feel like you’re at home again.”

Since Johns started volunteering at the hospital, some of her colleagues have also started volunteering. “I think nurses, in general, get into this to help other people,” Johns said. After restrictions are lifted, Johns plans to dress up as Elsa from Frozen and visit younger patients at the local children’s hospital.

Source: People Magazine