Once the day shift arrived, Bell approached the midlevel on call for the cardiologist and discussed her concerns. That’s when the midlevel ordered a stat echocardiogram, which revealed a large tamponade. The patient was then rushed to the operating room for a pericardial window, which saved his life.
“I learned that you always need to advocate for your patient and be there for them,” Bell said. “It’s one of the most important things a nurse can do. If you have a gut feeling and know that something’s wrong, you need to go with it. I had a great team that was working with me that night and thank goodness for them.”