Hometown Hero: Jason Stouse

Story by Rocko Jerome | Photo submitted

 

Jason Stouse
Registered Nurse at UK Healthcare

Jason Stouse is a registered nurse in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at the University of Kentucky. He is currently enrolled in Murray State University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice – Program of Anesthesia as a student registered nurse anesthetist, graduating as a CRNA in 2022. “The CVICU at UK is known for providing care to some of the sickest patients in the state of Kentucky,” Jason says. I care for patients diagnosed with a variety of cardiac conditions and recovering from surgical procedures. I often see patients at their worst. It never gets easy providing care for those patients and families in end of life situations; you just learn to adapt and cope. For every tear shed with a patient, the good outweighs the bad. I have held the hands of patients as they took their last breath, and I have had the privilege to hold the hands of patients as I told them they’d be receiving a life-saving transplant. Life is precious. I don’t consider myself a hero. I consider myself a nurse.”

The rapidly changing nature of these days presents constant challenges. “Information regarding the coronavirus pandemic changes daily, which makes it very difficult to provide care for COVID-19 positive or COVID-19 rule-out patients,” says Jason. “One of the biggest challenges faced during this time is that of the unknown. The University of Kentucky has prepared for the worst by constructing a 400-bed field hospital for a potential surge in patients. As we begin to reopen our economy, a process we should take very cautiously, I pray that we do not have to use it. Be kind to one another. This is a trying time for everyone involved.”