Inspired Nurses Calendar 2018: Like Angels and Fairies

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is the January 2018 inspired nurse story, Like Angels and Fairies. 
 
Like Angels and Fairies
Chinazo Echezona-Johnson
Services for the underserved ∙ Vice President of Nursing Services
 
January.pngI did not want to be a nurse. I always wanted to be a lawyer. But then something extraordinary happened. My mom went into labor prematurely, and since there was no one to watch me, I had to go with her to the hospital. While in the waiting room, the nurses played with me and kept me company until my father arrived. In my eight-year-old mind, the nurses looked like fairy-tale characters because they were so kind and caring. They were also immaculately dressed in starched white uniforms, polished white shoes and white caps. They looked like angels and fairies to me.

It was a difficult delivery for my mother, but the love and care she and my baby brother received was magical. I did not see the birth, but when I could finally come in and hold my new little brother, I saw many nurses comforting, mothering and supporting other women in various stages of labor, delivering or recovering from childbirth. These kind nurses did not complain – not even when people were yelling at them. They kept their composure and professionalism at all times and it was at that point that I decided I must become a nurse. And today, after 24-years practicing as an Obstetrical and Gynecology nurse, I can still remember the caring nurses who took care of my mother and brother – those magical nurses who changed my life.
 
To share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit http://lippincottsolutions.lww.com/landing/inspired-nurses.html.  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.
 
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Posted: 1/29/2018 8:21:07 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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Celebrate Nursing in 2018

Happy New Year! Here’s the list of nursing recognition days, weeks, and months for 2018. Have something to add? Please leave a comment or email clinicaleditor@nursingcenter.com.  

Thank you!
 
2018-calendar.pngJanuary February March April May June September October November Let us know how you will celebrate or what plans you have to recognize your colleagues. Leave a comment or email us at clinicaleditor@nursingcenter.com.

Have a great 2018!  
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Posted: 12/30/2017 9:03:40 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 1 comments

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Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: Giving Care to "Throwaways"

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is December’s nurse story, Giving Care to “Throwaways.”
 
Giving Care to “Throwaways”
Carol Hodge, Retired
 
December-2017.jpgWhile working as the Director of Nursing in a Medicaid only nursing home, I had the pleasure of taking care of the many "throw-away" people in the county. These were the homeless, prostitutes, and drug abusers, as well as others who needed long-term care but did not have the resources to pay for it. When a patient, an elderly former prostitute, was admitted to the hospital, I visited her, finding her in a room alone and unresponsive. I sat and talked with her for a while even though I did not get any response or acknowledgement. We weren’t particularly close, so I wasn’t expecting much from our visit. But as I left the room, I heard a weak cry. I turned around, and she was looking straight at me with a tear sliding down her face. It was a moment that confirmed I was on the path that had been chosen for me. I will never forget that day. And now that I am no longer able to work in my chosen career, I know it was truly the hardest job I have ever loved. God Bless our nurses!
 
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Posted: 12/27/2017 7:48:47 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: It’s My Pleasure

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is November’s nurse story, “It’s My Pleasure.”
 
it-s-my-pleasure-November-2017.jpgIt’s My Pleasure
Katie Fadell-Mann, RN
Ebenezer Lake City Care Center
 
My Dad was a double lung transplant recipient in 2006. What inspired me to be a nurse was seeing the difference his nurse made in his care. His nurse, Sara literally did not leave his side for the first two days after his surgery. When I asked where I could send a gift to for her to thank her for all she had done, she said, "There's no need, it's my pleasure to take care of your Dad."
 
I started going to school for nursing a few months later.
 
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Posted: 11/30/2017 9:52:16 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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Happy Nurse Practitioner Week!

NP-week.pngMany of you know I still practice on the weekends as a nurse practitioner for Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital and I’m adjunct faculty for Drexel University in Philadelphia. I am currently teaching a course on using evidence in practice and this week is focused on using change theory to implement evidence. Change – one of the hardest things for us to do. We become stuck in doing things the way they have always been done. All you have to do is look at your current practice setting and see others who resist change. Courage and perseverance are the necessary ingredients to implement change. How many of us really have the so-called “right stuff” to make changes in our own practice settings? 

As I look back on our nurse practitioner profession, I am amazed at the courage and perseverance it took for Drs. Loretta Ford and Henry Silver to step out of the so-called “healthcare norm” and decide there needed to be a better way to provide care. A nurse and a physician worked together to change practice. They did not do this for recognition. Rather, they did it to improve access to quality care for those who were in need. They implemented change in a healthcare system by using courage and perseverance.

Why did you become a nurse? Why have many of you gone on to be advanced practice nurses? Were you afraid of making a change? When I think about why I became a nurse practitioner, it was because I saw an opportunity to connect the art and science of nursing and medicine in my own practice to improve patient care. I am sure many of you have a similar story.

This is Nurse Practitioner Week and I want to thank each of my NP colleagues for the work you do each day. You emulate what Drs. Ford and Silver did over 50 years ago; you meet each day with courage and perseverance to implement change and improve patient outcomes one patient at a time.
 
Sincerely,
 
Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN
Chief Nurse, Wolters Kluwer, Health Learning, Research & Practice
Adjunct Faculty, Drexel University
Nurse Practitioner, Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital
Posted: 11/13/2017 2:05:21 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: Beautiful Colors

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is October’s nurse story, “Beautiful Colors.” 

Beautiful Colors
Leeann Vidt, R.N. supervisor
Oakmont Center for Nursing
 
beautiful-colors_october-2017.jpgAs all life must come to an end, some families find it difficult to face emotionally. I observe them looking scared to talk with or touch a dying loved one, so I will often enter the room, sit on the bed, and take the patient’s hand in mine, then I will ask them if they think the fall leaves are beautiful with all those wonderful colors. They always answer, yes, and look at me puzzled. I then tell them that those leaves are actually dying and that something so beautiful should not be feared. I tell them the greatest gift to give their loved one is loving memories. I ask starter questions, such as what their favorite vacation or holiday spent together was. As they answer with smiles across their lips, I quietly exit the room and close the door. Nothing warms my heart like hearing the laughter behind that door. And then after the patient passes, I am thanked for making the passage from this life a better memory for them. I tell them that their loved one left within a circle of love, just as they had lived.

This is why I love nursing. To be able to help someone change such a scary situation into a sweet memory, makes those difficult, stressed shifts well worth my nursing cap.

To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit http://lippincottsolutions.com/inspirednurses.  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.
 
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Posted: 10/29/2017 7:53:23 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: I’m Just Like You

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is September’s nurse story, “I’m Just Like You.”
 
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Angela Townsend, BSN, RN
Home Health
 
When I was 17, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It was at that moment when I decided to become a nurse. I've found that my own personal experience having a chronic illness has not only increased my understanding and passion for teaching others with diabetes, it has allowed me an empathy towards my patients that I never thought possible. I teach my patients about their illnesses and let them know, "hey, I have to do this too." It has made my experience as a nurse in an ever-changing world of medicine, so much more rewarding!
 
To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit http://lippincottsolutions.com/inspirednurses.  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.

 
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Posted: 9/27/2017 8:01:04 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 1 comments

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Clinical Nurse Specialist Week 2017

Posted: 8/29/2017 10:24:19 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 3 comments

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Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: A Better Life

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is August’s nurse story, “A Better Life.”
 
A Better Life
Helene Vossos, DNP, PMHNP-BC, ANP
Stewart Marchman ACT Behavioral Services
 
August-2017.jpgAs nurses, we must recognize how vulnerable mental health patients often feel, which can impact their access to mental health services.
 
As a mental health nurse, I participated in an "Open Access Model" to "walk in" appointments in an outpatient clinic that improved access to mental health services from 54% up to 94%. Many of our inpatient, outpatient, home health care and homeless patients lack communication skills and resources, and all nurses can help make a difference when coordinating their care. As a case study, we talk about Miguel, who is a 32-year-old immigrant from Puerto Rico, homeless in Florida, has a history of schizophrenia and is a new resident. He came to the states by boat, "for a better life." His history includes three previous self-inflicted stabbings to his abdomen and chest when he was out of medication and when "the voices were loud and commanding."
 
Historically Miguel was in contact with emergency department nurses, medical-surgical nurses, OR nurses, case manager nurses, mental health nurses and nurse practitioners for the past three years. All of these nurses are "mental health nurses" by proxy, as they all touched his life, saving him and helping him to maintain stability and get the health care services he needs by providing "walk-in" status during open-access for mental health services, and have provided a translator as well as additional assistance in maintaining appropriate medication and continuing outpatient services. Nurses save lives in all ways of collaboration, caring and research translated into clinical practice!
 
To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit http://lippincottsolutions.com/inspirednurses.  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.

 
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Posted: 8/28/2017 9:31:48 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: Meant to be a Nurse

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is July's nurse story, “Meant to be a Nurse.” 
 
Meant to be a Nurse
Adriana Pirez, BSN, RN
Saint Luke's Cornwall Hospital, Medical/Surgical Unit
 
July-2017.pngAll my life I've wanted to be a nurse. The inspiration was in my family, as my aunt Mercedes was the nurse coordinator for a private hospital in my native country of Uruguay. She married a doctor and one of their sons became a doctor too.

On Sunday's when we would gather at grandma's house, as a little girl, I remember hearing conversations about new drugs in the market to fight illnesses, and many stories my cousin would tell about his experiences as a new doctor doing an internship in a local hospital ED. I was mesmerized by their stories, their intelligence and mostly for their love and dedication to their professions. It took me a long time as a woman, a mother, and a wife, in my forties to realize that that dream of being a vocational nurse could be possible here in the U.S. So, after working for years in different hospitals as a unit secretary and a registrar for the Emergency Department, I enrolled in a nursing program at my local community college.

Finally, after so many struggles, lack of support and discrimination from some professors for me speaking with an accent and being different, I maintained a positive attitude, and transferred to a new nursing program in a prestigious Christian College in Rockland County, NY. In 2013, I graduated with honors. It wasn’t always easy, but I would do it all over again – nine years, three colleges and a huge debt in student loans.
Today, I work in my local hospital, the one where the nurses in that ED inspired me even more. I love the smiles on my patients when they see me coming on my second day of my shifts. Their smiles and their trust in my care is the greatest support I can get, knowing that nursing is in my heart and in my Christian soul, and that I was truly meant to be a nurse.

To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit http://lippincottsolutions.com/inspirednurses.  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.
 
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Posted: 7/29/2017 6:01:23 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 2 comments

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