I am proud of the team I am part of

Simona Dascalu  graduated the “Grigore Ghica-Voda” post-secondary Sanitary School in Iasi, Romania and the Faculty of Physics within the A. I. Cuza University of Iasi. She is the mother of two children, an unassuming and open person, always eager to learn and improve. Simona has been working as a nurse for 18 years and a NephroCare nurse for 15 years.

What do you do when you don’t work? Do you have special hobbies?
After a stressful day of work, I also make time for gardening, cooking, and a good movie.

Most days start early in the morning. At 6 o'clock I am already in the dialysis room with my teammates, waiting with a smile for the patients to arrive. There is a lot to do: Preparing dialysis machines, connections, disconnections, disinfection, surveillance, etc. but teamwork and collaboration make everything easier. Each day is not like the another. My favorite part of the day is when the patients go home well and say a "thank you" and "see you next time".

When did you know that you wanted to become a nurse? 
I can't say that I always wanted to become a nurse, but once I started the courses of the Post-Secondary Sanitary School I realized that is what I want to become, a dedicated and involved nurse.

What was your motivation/ the most convincing aspect for you to become a renal nurse?
The joy of being useful and helpful to a suffering person, who needs not only medical care but also a person to be with him, with encouragement and a smile. That is my motivation.

What is the most important value/ quality a renal nurse should have?
Beyond professionalism, respect for people and for the profession; it is important to give patients a significant dose of empathy.

How would you describe your relationship with your patients? 
I like to treat all the patients in the way I would like to be treated: with respect, dedication, and professionalism.

Is there something you wish more patients knew or would pay more attention to?
When they are diagnosed with 5 stage of CKD, we see how most of the patients think that life is over, but it is not. Life goes on and they must understand that in us, they will always find a dear friend, that will not leave their side.

How would you describe the atmosphere with your colleagues? 
Trust, communication, and collaboration are the basis of our work as a team. We are there together for better or worse, for each other and together for the patient.

I'm proud of the team I'm part of.