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“There’s no doubt that nurses need more education. Patients are sicker and as health care becomes more complex, more is required of us,” said Lisa Eichelberger, dean of Clayton State University’s College of Health.

The power of learning

In her address to nursing leaders during the third anniversary of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” Donna Shalala, chair of the IOM report committee, praised the progress that nurses were making on its recommendations. “Nursing organizations are starting to work together ...

Renee Watson, manager of infection prevention/epidemiology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, applies disinfectant to registered nurse Heather Maude’s hands in the cardiac intensive care unit at Children’s at Egleston.

Fighting infection at hospitals

Strong Enough to Care Enough is the motto for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. As manager of infection prevention/epidemiology, Renee Watson takes that personally. Her job is to keep hospital staff and patients as free from infection and illness as possible. At this time of year, it’s a challenge. “In the ...

For the last eight months, clinical educator Jeff Clark (left) and paramedic Jason Grady have been using Smartsheet technology to improve communication when treating cardiac patients who are rushed to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

High-tech tool

The process for responding to a heart attack is fairly standard. When a patient goes into cardiac arrest, someone calls 911 and an ambulance arrives and transports that person to the hospital. Paramedics call emergency room doctors and nurses from the ambulance to describe the patient’s condition and how he ...

Laura Raines is the editor of Pulse.

How caregivers can take better care of themselves

If you’re one of the estimated 65 million Americans who are providing care for a loved one, chances are you’re feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and near the end of your rope. Yosaif August has been there. Caring for his father when he had cancer brought many rewarding experiences, but living for ...

Victoria Foster, an assistant professor of nursing at Clayton State University, helped save a woman who had a severe allergic reaction on a flight from South Korea last November.

Rescue at 30,000 feet

Returning from a trip to South Korea last November, Victoria Foster, an assistant professor of nursing at Clayton State University, thought her work was done. She and Kevin Demmitt, associate vice president for extended programs, had been visiting Daejeon Health Sciences College to establish the details of an agreement between ...

It was an honor to cover health care professionals

Sometimes a job is just a job. Other times you’re lucky enough to know exactly what you want to do in your career and your job is a true passion — some would even say a calling. In my case, working as the managing editor of Pulse started as the ...

Michael Paine, a nurse at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center, loves wearing scarves. “I can’t get enough,” she said.

My style: Michael C. Paine, RN-BSN

Age: 29 Occupation: Staff nurse/relief charge, acute care unit, 7-South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center. Signature style: “I like classic-meets-trendy. I like being fashionable on a budget — taking the pieces of clothing I own and making new outfits. I don’t like to repeat an outfit very often unless it ...

Selena Yamasaki loves "curling up on the couch with the family for a 'Duck Dynasty’ marathon."

Know Your Leader: Selena Yamasaki, RN, BSN

Current job: Clinical manager medical/surgical, Newton Medical Center. Family: My husband of 12 years, Mark, and three kids: Brannon (17), Malaya (12) and Marlee (4). What makes a good leader? “I think what makes me a good leader is I realize who my real boss is — the staff on ...

“I’m not really a coordinator. Mostly, I am an educator and that part of the job is not only fun, it also keeps me in touch with why I wanted to become a nurse in the first place,” Eileen Murray said.

Why I Love My Job: Eileen Murray, RNC-NIC, BSN

Job: Pain management coordinator, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta What I do: “I educate nurses on pain in infants and children, oversee policies related to pain management, and strive to continuously improve how we handle children’s pain throughout every service area within the Children’s network.” How I got into this: “I ...

Rapid Pulse: News and notes

Emory Healthcare’s Marilyn Margolis was awarded the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Hospital Association at the Hospital Heroes luncheon in December. Margolis, who for more than 30 years at Emory has cared for patients, taught students and developed patient safety and nurse retention models, is the chief nursing ...

Continuing education calendar

Feb. 7, March 28 Emory Diabetes Education Training Academy for clinical support staff will be presented by the Emory University School of Medicine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the school’s Grady campus (49 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive in Atlanta). The program has online and in-person components. The online ...

Laura Raines is the editor of Pulse.

Give the gift of nominating a special nurse for award

It’s the season when our thoughts turn to giving. Advertisers and retailers send the message in different ways, but it all adds up to the same pitch — there are only so many shopping days until the holidays. As if you didn’t already have enough stress in your working, parenting, ...

Carolyn Kimbrough, a nurse with PSA Healthcare in Atlanta, has been the primary caretaker for Jada McAdoo for three years. McAdoo was diagnosed with a progressive neurological disease when she was in middle school.

Home for the holidays

For an increasing number of patients, there’s no place like home… for health care. Not only is home where most patients want to be, it offers positive outcomes at a more affordable price than acute care settings, says a Joint Commission report entitled, “Home — The Best Place for Health ...

A psychotherapist for more than 30 years, Jude Bijou is the author of “Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life.”

Eight ways to improve your mood at work

The holiday season is full of joy, love and peace — at least all the cards say so. Yet, many of us feel overwhelmed by stress and anxiety about work, family and holiday preparations. Jude Bijou can relate. A psychotherapist for more than 30 years, Bijou always wanted to be ...

Joanne McDougal Patterson is the picture of winter fashion with a black mock turtleneck by French Connection, a zebra-print wrap by Calvin Klein, leggings from T.J. Maxx, boots by BCBGMAXAZRIA and a snakeskin embossed, lambskin leather iPad case by Botkier.

My Style: Joanne McDougal Patterson, MSN, RN

Age: 37 Occupation: Independent clinical informatics consultant and national co-director of the Stork’s Nest prenatal education program for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Signature style: “I love ladylike clothing that is timeless, but will every now and then add a bit of pop by adding one item that adds texture and ...

Ken Torbett, Debbie Torbett, Michael Nosach and Sue Sigmon-Nosach (from left) hold court at a Partnership for Gynecological Cancer Support art auction that raised about $17,000 in September.

Cancer survivors are broken but not beaten

Just before her 51st birthday in February 2004, Sue Sigmon-Nosach was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her doctors advised her to get her affairs in order because she would probably be dead by the end of the year. “Anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis knows that line. There was life ...

Dorothy Mullican, Sharon Magruder, Deanna Simmons and Denise McLaughlin (from left) graduated from St. Joseph’s Infirmary School of Nursing in 1969.

The Class of 1969: Friends forever

What do a nurse anesthetist in Birmingham, a director of midwifery at Emory University, a labor and delivery nurse at Northside Hospital, a pediatric office nurse and a hospital data quality analyst have in common? They all got their start at St. Joseph’s Infirmary School of Nursing. The class of ...

“As trained systems leaders, nurses are poised to be innovative leaders in these new patient-centered, team-based models of care,” said Lt. Shauna Mettee, public health adviser with the CDC’s Office of Health System Collaboration.

Nurses on leading edge of public health strategies

There’s a radical shift taking place in health care and public health nurses, like Lt. Shauna Mettee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are leading the way. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its National Prevention Strategy with an overall goal of increasing ...

“It is rewarding to speak with patients and families to provide that comfort and assurance that we, along with our physician partners, will take excellent care of them while in surgery,” said Pam Guillebeau.

Why I Love My Job: Pam Guillebeau, RN, CNOR

Job: Director, Surgery and Sterile Processing Department at DeKalb Medical, North Decatur campus. What I do: “I have the pleasure and challenge of learning the scope of this position, as I have been in this role since July 2013. The director needs to be a transformational leader who supports clinical ...

Emory University nursing students (from left) Lubna Momin, Sarah Saggese, Angel Padgett, Laila Nurani, Catherine Vaughn, Tigest W. Teshome, Chris Cavanaugh, Mitchaleen Lanyon, Senait Equbatsion, Laura Garcia and Kristen Christensen helped raise money to fight Parkinson’s disease by participating in the Moving Day Atlanta walk last month.

Nursing students raise money to fight Parkinson’s disease

On Nov. 9, 83 nursing students from Georgia met on  the Georgia Tech campus to participate in Moving Day Atlanta, a fundraising walk for the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Tigest W. Teshome had the idea to plan a multicollege service event after attending the Georgia Association of Nursing Students leadership conference ...

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