Friday, June 3, 2022

Dani Hillenbrand, a wheelchair user, graduates from George Fox University College of Nursing in Oregon

                                     Dani Hillenbrand received her diploma from Dr. Robin Baker, President

Blair Best authored an article about Dani Hillenbrand that included the following.

"Last year, while she was already in nursing school, Hillenbrand suffered a catastrophic medical event that left her in a wheelchair. While many would be discouraged, Hillenbrand said it pushed her to work even harder.

“When it comes to what I do and what I know I can do, it’s not challenging — the challenges that I do face are imposed by society, and assumptions made about disabled people,” she said."

Hillenbrand has this message for other wheelchair users looking to get into healthcare:

“You can’t let your advocacy for yourself waver. You have to know that you’re going to have to advocate really hard for yourself throughout all of it.”

Read more about Dani Hillenbrand at:

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/health/newberg-woman-becomes-first-wheelchair-user-oregon-graduate-nursing-school/283-3933da0d-ecef-4277-980a-9c9592bf602b

Cheers!


Donna

Friday, May 6, 2022

Naomi Judd: A Happy Nurses Week message from 2020


Naomi Judd, who sadly passed away on April 30, 2022, was so much more than a country singer. She was an ICU nurse, mental health advocate, spokesperson for the American Liver Association, prolific author, and founder of the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund to raise awareness about hepatitis C.

In her memoir, “River of Time,” she described her diagnosis of hepatitis C, which she said she unknowingly contracted during her time as a nurse. She said that by 1995, her doctors had told her she was completely free of the virus.

In the memoir, she described feeling like she had lost her identity when she returned home after a 2010 reunion tour, isolating herself at her home and dealing with crippling panic attacks. She also said that she had been dealing with trauma from childhood sexual abuse. She was admitted to a psychiatric ward at a hospital and spent time in an outpatient treatment program (Boston.com).

Please enjoy this Nurses Week message from 2020.

                                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLSzJiXa_EE

Rest in peace Naomi,

Donna


River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope: Judd, Naomi, Wilkie, Marcia: 9781455595747: Books (amazon.com)

https://www.boston.com/culture/entertainment/2022/05/01/naomi-judd-of-grammy-winning-duo-the-judds-dies-at-76/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLSzJiXa_EE

Naomi Judd obituary | Country | The Guardian

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Nursing student with Brittle Bone Disease (OI) and her service dog from CCI will graduate from the University of Tampa

      


Hannah Dineen reported the following for 10Tampa Bay.com:

"Tampa native and University of Tampa nursing student Leigh Dittman is poised to graduate in May with honors. It's a credit to her studiousness and grit, and also to her loyal service dog, Nerf." 

"He is with me every day. He goes with me to every class," said Leigh of Nerf." 

"After sitting through lectures and countless hours of studying at the University of Tampa, Nerf has more than earned the title of "honorary nursing student".

Read more about Leigh and Nerf by clicking the  link below.

Congratulations to both of you!

Donna

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/education/university-of-tampa-service-dog-honorary-nursing-student/67-ae0b905e-5005-4ca9-a992-88496b96c93f?fbclid=IwAR2Obihp2dXbAyvUIJtLZs9EZrZ5pkaPRxzaGpBEuY4-nJUIpOJiBZO_r94

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

5 Lessons learned from the RaDonda Vaught case from Nurse attorney Lorie Brown

 

Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD

Nurse attorney, Lorie Brown is the founder of EmpoweredNurses.org. In the following YouTube Channel video, she shares some excellent lessons learned from the RaDonda Vaught case. These lessons apply to all nurses. 

New nurses, veteran nurses, nursing students....we all need to listen! Learn more about insurance and how to protect your freedom and your nursing license by clicking on the link below.

Cheers!

Donna

https://empowerednurses.org/top-5-lessons-learned-from-radonda-vaughts-situation/?fbclid=IwAR3rPNYYeLqC6G4MXEmEYUtU-I5NXgWN0caCxrZ0h4FAgOJcS60w1bqnapQ

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Listen up nurses with disabilities: You could be the next RaDonda Vaught

                                                                           RaDonda Vaught, BSN

By now, most nurses know about the tragic story surrounding RaDonda Vaught, the Tennessee nurse found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the death of patient. She was criminally prosecuted for a medical error.

Long story short, RaDonda Vaught gave a patient the wrong medication, a human error, and the patient sadly died.

RaDonda came forward and told the truth. Now, she faces three to six years in prison on the gross neglect conviction and one to two years on the criminally negligent homicide conviction. She will be sentenced on May 13, 2022.

Vanderbilt Hospital threw RaDonda under the bus, and she stood alone. This action has outraged many nurses, and some have opted to leave their positions. 

What happened to hospital back up systems that should have prevented this? The hospital had more than a heavy burden of responsibility for the deadly errors, but  charges were only brought against the nurse.

The American Nurses Association stated, 

"Today a jury convicted former Vanderbilt University Medical Center #nurse RaDonda Vaught. We are deeply distressed by this verdict and the harmful ramifications of criminalizing the honest reporting of mistakes. Full Statement: https://bit.ly/3DcNDZG."

This is a sad time and wake up call for all nurses. 

We feel for the patient and the family. They certainly deserve justice, but sending a nurse to jail is not the answer.

Please share your thoughts and respectful comments. RaDonda has handled this with grace and poise. That is the least we can give her now.


Donna

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Hannah Cvancara, RN, BSN working to become first pre-service amputee Navy Nurse


                                                              Hannah Cvancara, RN, BSN 

Geoff Ziezulewicz wrote a piece for the Navy Times about a civilian nurse trying to become the first pre-service amputee to join the Navy.

"Hannah Cvancara was born with a birth defect called fibular hemimelia that resulted in her left leg never growing correctly and the amputation of her left foot when she was just a year old.

But 25 years later, she hasn’t let her reliance on a prosthetic leg stop her from living a full and physical life that includes surfing, rock climbing and long shifts on her feet as a civilian nurse."

Read more about Hannah at:

 https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2022/02/09/meet-the-civilian-nurse-trying-to-become-the-first-pre-service-amputee-to-join-the-navy/?fbclid=IwAR2xiaBtA5JwitiU6LDxPz_0AvfWVCGA7h_svlBvkOF-s4Z-fnN2U4JX2RE

Additional information about her can be found at:

A local nurse's dream is to join the Navy, and she can pass the physical test. But the Navy says they can't accept people with a prosthetic leg | The Spokesman-Review

Navy Regulations Discriminate Against Disabled People - One Nurse Is Fighting To Change That (forbes.com)

Cheers!

Donna