Tamara Lasley, a neonatal intensive care nurse (NICU) at HCA-affiliate Centerpoint Medical Center, is closing out American Heart Month with a big message in the form of tiny red hats. She has combined her three passions – preemies, knitting and heart health – to lead more than 40 ER nurses and community members in knitting tiny red hats for NICU babies to wear this month. But these aren’t just any hats—they were created with very personal messages. “This has been such a joy to produce and I can’t imagine the excitement once these tiny hats get placed on our babies,”… Read more.
Many of you have heard that nursing is more than a career, it’s a calling. Well, a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurse at HCA-affiliate Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas brings a whole new meaning to the phrase. Her name is Kristine Hafner, and her “call to care” resulted in the adoption of one of her patients. The five-year PICU nurse at Sunrise is known to treat her patients like family. So it should come as no surprise to anyone who knows Hafner – an advocate for foster parenting – that she would nurse an abused 11-month… Read more.
When Germaine DeHoyos married her husband David in March 2015, she found herself in a blended family of six children and one granddaughter. She also got a bigger family: the United States military, thanks to her husband’s 24-year career with the Army and Army Reserves. “As a newly inducted member and spouse into a military family, I have learned firsthand the dedication and love needed to be a part of this honorable way of life,” DeHoyos says. “Our military, their spouses and families deserve all our support and appreciation. Throughout our courtship I began to gain insight into what it takes… Read more.
Little did Rex Hardin know when he woke up one morning, he had only a two percent chance of living…and an “off-duty” ER nurse from HCA’s Orange Park Medical Center would save his life. Jordana Taji, a first-year registered nurse at Orange Park Medical, and Hardin, two strangers and members of a local martial arts and fitness gym, happened to attend the same jiu-jitsu class one evening, when Hardin suddenly collapsed face down onto the floor. Taji, understanding the severity of the situation, didn’t hesitate. She began to perform CPR, with the help of three other medically trained members in… Read more.
It takes a special person to be a nurse. It takes someone who puts the needs of others before themselves and actively looks for ways to help. Manny Munoz at Del Sol LifeCare Center in El Paso, Texas fits this description perfectly.
My mom always said I was born to be a nurse. Maybe it was the nursing outfit I used to wear as a child – complete with hat and cape (it was even my Halloween costume one year). Or maybe it was because I had a Nurse Nancy doll complete with bed and thermometer that I used to take care of.
This week we celebrate the men and women who make the choice to help others by becoming a nurse. This week is Nurses Week. Whether you’re a nurse working in a hospital, office or other setting we thank you for your dedication and service to others. We’ll be celebrating Nurses Week all month long here on the blog. Check back each week for a new post highlighting the people and the profession of nursing. We’re kicking off the week with a video that says “thank you” in a unique way. We think you’ll enjoy it. You can watch it below… Read more.
It was Christmas day, and while most businesses are closed and families are spending the day celebrating the holiday in their homes, the hospital is open and providing care for those unable to be with their families and friends. Those of us working on Christmas make every attempt to make the day special for our patients, knowing that this is not the ideal place to spend Christmas.
Real Data Right Now Taking vital signs is a mainstay of quality healthcare. It’s also one of the most labor-intensive tasks facing nurses and medical staff, who until now, have taken the information, written it on charts and later transferred it to a patient’s electronic health record.
What a year! 2012 was our first full year blogging and it was a blast. We learned a lot and are looking forward to sharing more with you in 2013. But before we set our sights squarely on year ahead, we wanted to look back one more time and highlight our five most popular posts from 2012. You may be surprised by our winners. Top 5 HCA Blog Posts of 2012 1. Happy Nurses Week Y’all Music Video – this one was a lot of fun to make. We even gave away the song for free…which, technically, you can still… Read more.