A look inside an intensive care unit: 'We love our jobs'

Nurses and doctors at PeaceHealth ?Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend give demonstrations on what goes on in an intensive care unit. Photo by Ellen Meny.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.- An intensive care unit can be a stressful, terrifying place.

But a group of medical professionals at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend worked to educate their community on intensive care with their Critical Care Awareness Day.

The event took place in one of the hospital's conference rooms. A group of nurses and doctors showcased RiverBend's technology and staff in their intensive care units. RiverBend has a standard intensive care unit and a neonatal intensive care unit.

Both departments had hands-on demonstrations and live scenarios, from taking care of a premature infant to administering CPR to an imagined patient.

Organizers say it helps to demystify what goes on behind hospital doors.

"We just thought it was a brilliant way to show everybody - the nursing students that are graduating, etc. - how much we do here and how much we love our jobs," NICU Nurse Manager Lisa Quezada said.

This is the first event of its kind at RiverBend. A small group of medical staff organized the event after they found out May is Critical Awareness Month.

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