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Why I love being a nurse: 5 RNs share what nursing means to them

Nurses are many things—our caregivers, our advocates, our hand-holders, our cheerleaders and bedside companions. Our unshakable guardian angels. If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a nurse’s loving, expert care, you know firsthand how a simple vitals check and a smile can make a world of difference on a dark day.  To the nurses …

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Role reversal: Chief Nursing Officer thankful for second chance at life after sudden stroke

As Chief Nursing Officer for Baylor Scott & White – College Station Region, Amber Reed, MBA, BSN, RN, OCN, NEA-BC, isn’t used to being the one whose life is on the line. She shares her story now as both a word of caution for others to take care themselves and as a token of gratitude …

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Training the doctors of tomorrow: How I became a “pretend patient”

Growing up in Northern California, I had my heart set on Hollywood: acting for the camera in big-budget films and on the stage before sold-out theaters—all with a dash of fame, though not too much. Sounds reasonable, right? Truth be told, what I truly loved and desired was the impact of performance. How a properly …

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Meet the opera singing nurse who comforts patients with her voice

From singing in musical productions to caring for patients in the operating room — meet Christine Giammona, BSN, RN, CNOR. When she was only 2 years old, Christine sang her first solo in a church Christmas program. Deemed her “gift” by family and friends, singing came naturally to Christine — a talent she has worked …

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Mother, daughter share calling to care for others

“Like mother, like daughter,” they say. That saying could not be truer of Debra Anttila and Danielle Rodriguez. The mother and daughter share quite a few similar qualities, chief among them a deep passion for serving and caring for others. It’s that passion that has led them — each on a winding path — to …

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Physician launches care package program for COVID-19 patients and staff

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of healthcare, both inside the hospital and out. As the virus began to necessitate restrictions on hospital visitor policies, one physician was troubled by the thought of patients spending their days alone in a hospital bed without the support of their loved ones. Inspired to help, she took …

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How community health workers are alleviating food insecurity during the pandemic

Adjusting to the “new normal” during COVID-19 has been a challenge for us all as we find our new rhythms and routines. But for some, it has made meeting even the most basic needs a struggle.  Food insecurity has seen a sharp increase over the last couple of months as individuals and families fight to …

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A message to the healthcare frontline: You are a superhero

As a mom of three, one being a boy, superheroes are a part of our daily family conversations. Our favorite conversation begins with the question, “If you could have a superpower, what would you choose?” My son says “super strength” so he can rescue people when they are in danger and fight bad guys. My …

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