top 5 nursing news stories

In times of turmoil, nurses provide calm, comfort and caring. From the deadly tornado in Oklahoma, to caring for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, nurses in the news this week stood strong in difficult situations. 

Nurse Protects Newborn Baby from Oklahoma Tornado 

Early this week, one baby had been in the world less than an hour when 200 mph winds approached the hospital where he’d been delivered. Nurse Cheryl Stoepker wheeled the mother and baby down to the cafeteria, and shielded them with her body. “The baby was a little over an hour old, didn’t even have a diaper yet at that point, but mom and I held the baby and prayed and made it through,” she said. Read more on MSNBC. 

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Nurses Speak 

Many of the Boston Marathon bombing victims were treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. So too was the suspect. Liz Kowalcyzk reported on the trauma nurses asked to care for the suspect after treating the victims: “All of the nurses asked by supervisors to care for Tsarnaev agreed, the hospital said. The Globe interviewed seven of them, and all said that the ethical bedrock of their profession requires them to treat patients regardless of their personal history. They are sometimes called upon to nurse drunk drivers, prisoners, gang members, but this assignment was the ultimate test of Florence Nightingale’s founding ideals.”  Read the reactions of readers in the Boston Globe

Nursing Service Trip Participants Treat More Than 3,100 Patients in Two Weeks 

Meloney Black, a student from Chamberlain’s Chicago campus, recently returned from the International Nursing Service Project trip to Kenya, where her group treated more than 3,100 people. “I didn’t go on the trip thinking I would come back and say, ‘I’d do that again in a heartbeat,’ but when I got home that’s exactly what I said,” Black said. “I’d absolutely do it again.” Read more in Homewood-Flossmoor Patch. 

A Packing List for WWII Nurses 

Plenty of lipstick, material for curtains, a plate, cup and saucer are among the items on a packing list that WWII nurse Laura Rodriguez received as she prepared to fly to Germany with her unit in December 1944. Read more in Slate Magazine

Nurse to Hospital CEO a Growing Career Path 

As healthcare demands change, so has the role of nurses in meeting that demand. Nurse Cathy Fickes, president and CEO of St. Vincent Medical Center, believes her 20 years in patient care has made her a better CEO. “My education has allowed me to serve patients and their families at times of crisis in their lives when they cannot take care of their health care needs,” Fickes said. “It has also allowed me to become an effective communicator between what is needed at the bedside and the economic and business aspects of health care.” Read more from CBS Los Angeles. 

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