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Barrier Breakers, Smile Makers, and Healthcare Innovators: NSNA 2018 Plenary Session Inspires
Barrier Breakers, Smile Makers, and Healthcare Innovators: NSNA 2018 Plenary Session Inspires

Student nurses left the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) 66th Annual Convention plenary session feeling inspired about their future role as healthcare professionals in a world where nurses are empowered, recognized, and valued as change makers.

Barrier Breakers, Smile Makers, and Healthcare Innovators: NSNA 2018 Plenary Session Inspires

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Podcasts
May 9, 2018

In our latest Nursing Notes Live episode, we talk to Lauran Hardin, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, and hear how she is championing comprehensive care for complex patients as the senior director of cross continuum care at the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs. Listen to hear more about her innovative idea for the Complex Care Map, a tool that helps providers treat patients more comprehensively, and the importance of leading change that improves patient outcomes.

Congenital heart disease (CHD) affects an estimated 40,000 babies born every year, making it the most common birth defect found in infants. Though some forms of CHD do not result in health problems later in life, about 25 percent of infants with CCHD have a critical CHD, which can lead to negative outcomes if not diagnosed soon after birth. As a nurse working in pediatric cardiology, Elizabeth B. Mikula, MSN, RN, CPN, CPHQ, saw the potential to improve outcomes for these vulnerable patients through better screening processes.  

For years, the best practice for protecting a certain type of birth defect called an omphalocele before surgery was to dry it out, which shrinks the surface area of the exposed organs, but requires a lengthy hospital stay. Enter Roxana Reyna, MSN, RNC-NIC, WCC, CWOCN, FNP-C, a nurse with 20 years experience as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

While working for Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, Mich., Lauran Hardin, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, met one patient whose complex social issues and challenging life circumstances led to his frequent visits to the emergency room – not because he was injured or sick, but because he needed somewhere to go to feel safe. She realized that there is much more complexity to every patient than just their medical conditions, and healthcare providers can make a difference for these vulnerable people.

Spotlight
May 3, 2018

Working across many treatment settings, and with a strong emphasis on patient education and disease prevention, nurses bring their technical knowledge, innovation, creativity, and healing touch to bear every day to significantly improve patient health. As healthcare providers who typically spend the greatest amount of time with patients, nurses bring their innovation to patient care every day.

Podcasts
May 2, 2018

In this episode of Nursing Notes Live, we hear from Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, FAAN, the executive director and associate dean of healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship at the Bouve College of Health Sciences and a professor and former dean of the School of Nursing at Northeastern University. Listen to learn more about Nancy’s commitment to redefining the traditional reputation of nursing and helping instill healthcare innovation as a recognized role for all nurses.  

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