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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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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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Through a nurse’s eyes: When a patient becomes a friend

What were you doing in your early 20s? Maybe you had just graduated college and started a brand new job with an excitement for where life was going to take you. In your 30s, did you have a young family or find the love of your life? Imagine how things change when you get diagnosed …

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The Singing Nurse: How music became part of my medicine

Around Baylor University Medical Center, they call me “the Singing Nurse.” You may have heard my voice floating through the hospital atrium, or my humming filling the hallways as I weave in and out of patient rooms. Music has always been woven deeply inside me. From the earliest time I can remember, I have had …

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Reflections on the medical mission trip that changed my life and nursing career

Motivated by her own experiences with poverty, one registered nurse followed her calling and took her skills overseas on a medical mission trip to serve some of the poorest and least fortunate families in west Africa. Jacqueline Gallegos, RN, spent the holiday season far away from her family and instead, surrounded by strangers in a …

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My journey to get better: How I lost weight and overcame chronic pain

I’ve cared for patients in a healthcare setting for the last 16 years, but it wasn’t until my own battle with chronic pain that I had an important realization about health: it starts with you. It takes a will to get better. That willpower is what inspired me to overcome chronic pain on my journey …

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Nurse embarks on mission to spend the holidays serving in West Africa

In this season of giving thanks, we remember to pause from our busy lives, take a breath and count our blessings. But one nurse is taking the spirit of thanksgiving even further — all the way to West Africa. Instead of spending the holiday season surrounded by family and the comforts of home, Jackie Gallegos, …

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