July 21, 2014
By Linda Friedel, KC Nursing News
Michael Partridge hails from a family of nurses. He says it is a great field for anyone.
“I just think it’s a great field for women and men alike to go into,” said Partridge, RN, BSN, staff nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Research Medical Center. “ Every day we get to come in and change people’s lives. I love what I do.”
Partridge graduated from the University of Missouri — Kansas City School of Nursing in 2012, then started in the critical care float pool at Research. He likes the problem-solving skills it takes in the specialty, he said.
“I love being able to think through critically using that knowledge we got in school,” Partridge said.
Partridge puts a premium on communication skills, he said. Family members often don’t think to ask their questions when physicians check in, he said. He likes to be a resource.
“A lot of times they come to the nursing staff,” he said. “Being able to provide that support and care — nurses are very compassionate, especially in the ICU.”
Partridge is responsible for complete care for his patients — from education, monitoring vitals, assisting with procedures, skin and pain needs to coordinating orders and medications with physicians. No two weeks are the same, he said.
“It’s been a great opportunity to learn how to handle each patient,” he said. “It’s pretty varied.
Partridge got his first exposure to bedside care when his father was admitted to the hospital. Partridge was a teen and already had an interest in health care. He was impressed with the nurses who went the extra mile. They were the ones who took their time, sat down and looked you in the eye, then came back for extra visits, he said.
“That’s the kind of nurse I want to be,” Partridge said.
Partridge has an upbeat attitude, says Kathy Smith, RN, BSN, nurse manager in ICU. When Smith rounds, patients and their families frequently offer positive comments about Partridge. He is very compassionate and very attentive, she said.
“Michael is a great teammate,” Smith said. “He often offers to help people when they are busy. He’s always got a smile and a positive attitude.”
Partridge plans on earning a master’s degree in the future. He says more education means more opportunities and better patient care.
“I like the challenge,” Partridge said. “I want to be the best I can be in my career field and provide better patient care.”