When time came for the patient to check out, he told Swann he was heading to Florida to stay with his mother, who had offered him a place to live under the condition that he would get his life together. However, the man was penniless and couldn’t afford bus fare. Swann then gave him the money for a bus ticket to Florida.
Although Swann hasn’t heard from her former patient, she hopes he’s found a new beginning. It’s this type of concern and compassion that inspired Swann’s coworker Carole Harman to nominate Swann for Celebrating Nurses 2015.
“It makes me feel good when I can help someone,” she said. “I don’t do it for something in return. I just do it because it’s the right thing to do.”
On how to treat patients:
“I believe you need to treat each patient as if they were your own family member. How would you want your own family member to be treated? You want to make sure you’re treating them as a person and not as a patient or as a number.”