Today is not only the last day of Public Service Recognition Week, it’s also National Nurse’s Day. With that, we celebrate a public servant and a fantastic Registered Nurse who works with the most vulnerable in our state. Thank you for all you do!
Miguel Musacchia, Registered Nurse, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Ft. Logan
Miguel has had a few careers in his life, including time as a Marine and as a chef in New Orleans. But public service was his calling and it was part of the reason he decided to become a registered nurse.
For the past three years he’s been a nurse, working with mentally ill patients at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Ft. Logan.
“At Ft. Logan we work with a challenging clientele,” Miguel said. “You can easily just write our patients off, clock in and out just to get paid, but for me this kind of job is more than just a job. It’s something you really have to believe in.”
Working with patients with severe mental illness is very much a team effort, according to Miguel.
“We strive to make them the best that they can be, healthiest that they can be and be back in the community as soon as they can. But without the rest of the team I’m just a nurse and nothing else,” Miguel said. “The patient won’t get any better without the rest of my team. They need the social workers for therapy, the doctors for treatments and medications, and everyone else I work with so that they can go on and be back in the community.”
When days are tough at work, the best thing about the job for Miguel is the support he and his clients get from the rest of his team.
“Sometimes a patient’s progress is slow and we are very caring and therapeutic toward that client but there is also a lot of camaraderie and relationships between the staff,” he said. “There have been a few patients that were particularly hard, but it wasn’t me who helped them, it was the whole team. I think everyone on our team goes above and beyond what is asked of them, I see it every day.”