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    Melanie Jorgenson

    From Childhood Impact to Making Their Own

    Global Impact: Rebecca Rock, RN and SABM CFO talks with HPI about two roles across two countries

    From Lab Trend Visionary to Dark Group CEO: HPI connects with the Founder and Editor of the Dark Report, Robert Michel

    Two Imaging Leaders, Two Systems, One Outcome: Communication

    From Communication Strength to Just in Time Reopening at MGH A conversation with Dr. James Brink, Chief of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital

    From Time Magazine to PBM Influencer: Sherri Ozawa's Mission to Define the Value of Blood

    Buried Blessings: Pandemic perspective from Tom Strauss, CEO at Sisters of Charity Health System

    Katie Castree, Career Healthcare Process Improvement Connoisseur

    Solving Lab Challenges through Recruiting Innovation: HPI connects with Lighthouse Lab Services President, Jon Harol

    Providing Value-Based Care in a Pandemic through Telehealth and Data Resources: An HPI exclusive with Dr. Darrel Weaver

    From Supply Chain Crisis to Innovation in a Pandemic

    From Navy Medic to running a Clinical Laboratory . . . during a pandemic

    Planning for Blood Shortages in a Pandemic with Dr. Claudia Cohn

    Blood Banking is more complex today than ever before. Rob Van Tuyle, President of Vitalant's Blood Division, tells us why.

    Profoundly Impacting Healthcare with Breakthrough Anemia Management

    Supporting Imaging Precisely Where You Need It

    Working Together Makes End of Life Conversations Easier to Have

    The Future of Imaging: Assessing the early impacts of COVID-19 and the path to innovation through Artificial Intelligence (AI) A conversation with Dr. Geoff Rubin

    Pivoting in a Pandemic: How a U.S. 3D printing manufacturer is helping healthcare in its time of need

    Mara G. Aspinall: Diagnostic evangelist educating the world on the power of diagnostics today

    How The Joint Commission is addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic

    CHI Nebraska’s Laboratory Director Connie Wilkins, describes How To Manage a Clinical Laboratory During the pandemic

    Former Commercial Lab Leader Highlights the Hospital Lab as the Solution to Community Sustainability in a Healthcare Crisis

    Three Phases Essential to Crisis Preparedness in Patient Blood Management with Anne Burkey of St. Luke's Health in Boise, ID

    The Importance of Agility in Your Lab

    Dr. Paul Biddinger Shares Three Ways to Prepare for COVID-19

    Bringing Clinical Skills to Operational Leadership During a Time of Crisis; Dr. Blanton, Chief Medical Officer at Peterson Health

    7 Team Attributes to Teams that Work in Challenging Times & Through Rapid Innovation

    From Finding Problems to Saving Lives: The Evolution of Interventional Radiology

    Identifying the Potential with AI in Radiology with Dr. Chung

    Communication in the C-Suite with Cliff Robertson of Catholic Health Initiatives

    Reviewing Your Patient Financial Journey with Melody W. Mulaik, President of Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies

    Ask An Accumen Expert: Carolyn Burns, MD, a Patient Blood Management Advocate

    Linda DeVee, Leads Radiology Services at Edward-Elmhurst Health

    Theresa Mouton, Market Chief Financial Officer with Steward Health

    PELITAS President and CEO Steven Huddleston Wants Patients to Have a Great Experience – Both Clinically and Financially

    How Do You Deal with 2 Billion Forms a Year? Ask Randy Campbell

    Medical Director of Telehealth for UAB Knocks Barriers Down to Treat Patients on Their Terms

    C-Suite Spotlight: Wayne Bohenek Chief Ancillary Services Officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health

    A Leader in the Laboratory Service Line : Pierre Mouawad

    Healthcare Partner: Autumn Farmer, Chief Laboratory Officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health

    How Imbio is using AI to close the gap of missed diagnosis with Mike Hostetler

    Spit Matters with Bill Phillips from Spectrum Solutions

    How COVID-19 inspired TeraRecon to accelerate their imaging solutions to the point of care with Jeff Sorensen

    In the midst of chaos, you reach for that point of stability. Sometimes it’s an image of calm from your childhood or favorite vacation, sometimes it is a wall to lean on and take a deep breath, and sometimes it is a person you can count on. In healthcare today, during the greatest crisis most of us will witness in our lifetime, it’s more often than not a nurse.

    It’s May and many people feel like we have been living this “new normal” for months. May is also Nurse Appreciation Month – an apropos time to recognize our collective stability in the midst of today’s chaos, reflecting on how they came to be at the center of it all.

    Melanie Jorgensen wanted to be a nurse for as long as she can remember. Her mother, a nurse educator retired from a storied career after 45 years. “One of my most favorite memories is of my mom, a single mom getting up early in the mornings to go teach her clinicals. And at that time, she would put on her white pressed nursing uniform. The night before was this big production where she would pick out her shoes – the really ugly, comfortable nursing shoes – get the shoe polish, clip her nails, put on clear fingernail polish. It was this whole thing that we knew meant mom was going to kiss us goodbye really early in the morning, when it was still dark outside, to go to the hospital and teach her students. I remember just this vision of my mother being this angel and thinking I want to be just like that when I grow up.”

    Melanie realized that 25 years ago when she became a Registered Nurse.  She spent nearly 18 years as a critical care nurse before transitioning to specialize in Patient Blood Management. Starting as a Transfusion Safety Officer with a local blood supplier, Melanie became the teacher – just like her mom. She was now the educator responsible for ensuring other nurses knew what equipment to use and how to transfuse safely. Today Melanie continues to teach others in a larger capacity, partnering with hospitals across the country using evidence-based practice and technology as a platform for managing outcomes and changing behaviors. While no longer at the bedside, Melanie salutes and support the nurses working tirelessly today, recalling a skill that helped her navigate chaos.

    In a time of stress and crisis, I always try to focus on staying calm because anxiety just produces more anxiety. In a life or death situation, it was my job to stay calm, focus on what needed to be done so that everyone else stayed calm. Triage is essential in order to keep everyone safe. So, my focus in this time of COVID has been: how do we take care of our essential workers so that they can continue to do the essential things they need to do to be safe and to keep others safe?

    Nicole DeVita did not take the typical path, if there is one, to becoming a nurse. She never thought about being a nurse, nor thought that is where her future would lead her. In fact, just the opposite. Nicole had an episode when she was very young that landed her in the hospital for an extended period of time. After that, even entering a hospital building made her physically sick. Years later however, her high school required community service and she was forced back into the hospital setting.

    That was when Nicole’s vision for what came next took an unexpected turn. A family friend knew the volunteers at one of the hospitals and decided to help. He said: You’ve seen the bad things that happen in the hospital. Now I think you need to see the good things that happen there too. “He worked with the volunteer department and got me a slot in the newborn nursery – and it changed my life.” From that point on Nicole was focused on becoming a nurse, I became passionate about education and eventually the science of transfusion medicine.

    Originally from New York, Nicole is personally surrounded and impacted by todays’ environment. You know pandemics can exist, but you don’t expect them to happen in your lifetime. I was a new nurse in New York city when 9-11 came. Our hospitals in particular went on the offense after that, doing drills and training to really prioritize patients and stay calm, think clearly. However, the best laid plans do not always go that way, so you have to be prepared to work outside of the box. I think the very key thing to remember (in medicine) is that we can have wonderful plans and resources available but, at any moment in medicine, things can change and we need to be able to recalculate, reorganize and just do whatever it is we need to do to take care of patients. I think that honestly, that experience that I went through, being a nurse at that time in New York City, gave me those skills.

    Nicole and Melanie have had two completely different career paths, but both have had the same common goal: support the nurses who are on the frontline of the COVID pandemic. We appreciate their dedicated efforts to profoundly impacting healthcare both during their time at the bedside and now educating nurses and physicians around best blood management practices.

    #NotFrontLineButSupportingYouFromTheSideline

     
    Melanie Jorgenson

    Melanie Jorgenson

    RN, BSN, LSSGB