Denise Huis-Broers neurology nurse

“My work consists of more than just providing care. I take care of patients who are unable to express themselves. They can’t talk or they have forgotten how to. This makes it all the more challenging to provide these patients with the care they need.”

Denise Huis-Broers is a certified nurse, but started her adventure at the LUMC a few years ago as a student to become a nurse anesthetist: “I really enjoyed this training, but I missed having frequent contact with patients. When I had to follow an internship at a nursing department during my training, it really hit me: I want to be a nurse.” 

Meanwhile, Denise has become a senior nurse in the departments Neuro surgery, Neurology and Neuro Medium Care. Patients that come here usually stay here for a longer period: “Because I rotate between these different specialties, I get to see many different patients.” Thus, Denise deals with patients who need immediate care, but also patients that suffer muscle disease or neurological difficulties. Because the patient group needs heavy care taking, you always work in duo’s: “For instance, you can’t lift a patient out of bed by yourself. And because you work together so frequently and intensively, you share a lot together, including the tough experiences.”  

“Working here means being part of a warm environment with colleagues who are always there for each other and are willing to share ideas. I really value this way of working.”

Working towards acceptance

Denise explains how working as a senior nurse on the Neuro departments consists of more than just providing care: “We work with various disciplines, such as physical therapy and occupational therapy. Often, our patients need to rehabilitate and, in some cases, need to accept their new physical condition. This is something we and other disciplines assist with.” But the work consist of more than just our work at the hospital. Denise frequently speaks with other disciplines within the LUMC about the follow-up process: “We discuss the details of the situation together and determine whether a patient is fit to go home or not and what care the patient still needs.”

Patients from all over the country

The patients Denise works with come from all places in the country: “The LUMC does complex surgeries that can’t be done anywhere else in the country.” Denise says her work is getting increasingly more diverse. People live longer and suffer more, and different, physical inconveniences, meaning Denise needs to have more knowledge: “To stay up to date on the latest developments I frequently follow courses. Things in an academic hospital develop more rapidly, but this does ensure that I stay challenged in my profession.”