Letters — January 2013

Dare to Become Certified

Several months ago I emailed Kathryn Roberts asking for her positive energy as I dared myself to become certified in neuroscience nursing. At 58, I was in a personal and professional rut. I needed to show myself I could do it again.

Becoming certified gave me such renewed energy that, as a clinical educator, I now tell my colleagues, “If I can do it, there are no excuses!” I used to laugh at the alphabet soup after nurses’ names. Now I’m proud to have CCRN and CNRN after mine.

Gerri Ann Danilowicz
Danville, Pa.

Handling Large Patients

Re: Page 18 in October AACN Bold Voices

Overhead lifts with a maximum lift of 550 pounds were built into every patient room of the newly renovated eight-bed SICU at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Ky.

One room can lift up to 1,000 pounds. Many rooms in the ICU and general care floors have the same capability.

William R. Davies
Louisville, Ky.

Weekend Mortality

Re: Page 18 in October AACN Bold Voices

Another reason for increased mortality of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) admitted on weekends is the lack of in-house cardiologists available to perform procedures around the clock.

I experienced this firsthand with my stepmother. Fortunately she did not die, but she experienced delayed treatment and a longer hospital stay during a weekend admission for recurring AF.

A heart hospital should have all necessary procedures available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Name withheld on request

Thanks for All You Do

As a pediatric intensivist, who is now a senior clinical resident in Vanderbilt University’s Department of Anesthesiology, every day I recognize that we could not take care of our patients without our nursing colleagues. Let alone monitor for pain, anxiety and delirium.

Sincerest thanks for all you do.

Heidi AB Smith
Nashville, Tenn.

Dare Accomplished

When Kathryn Roberts challenged us at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition to find a dare, I dared myself to start an AACN chapter in Omaha.

With guidance from our region’s chapter advisor, mentorship from Rum River Chapter in Minnesota, the help of all our local hospitals and the enthusiasm of my critical care colleagues, the Greater Omaha Chapter was chartered in October.

Thanks to everyone’s hard work and commitment, we accomplished our dare.

Paula Soergel
Omaha, Neb.

Truly a Treasure

The recently christened Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry is one of just two American centers devoted to nursing’s history. It’s one of only six worldwide. Our goal is to inform practice and policy going forward. What we have at the University of Virginia is truly a treasure.

There is nothing quite like seeing up close and personal these inspiring stories from our profession’s past. Tens of millions of nurses have practiced over the decades, yet precious little has been saved to document our work.

The center is a place where nursing students and researchers from around the globe come to peer back in time. Our repository of nursing memorabilia houses everything from turn-of-the-century nursing garb, handwritten nurses’ journals, newspaper clippings and thousands of photographs, along with artifacts ranging from glass syringes and ceramic patient feeders.

We’re so lucky the generosity of individuals like Dr. Bjoring, a longtime nursing professor and clinician, has made possible a place like this.

Dorrie Fontaine
Charlottesville, Va.

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