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Aug 11, 2010 · Sharing nursing knowledge

Nurse publishing can significantly impact the quality of life for a patient. As registered nurses, we coordinate the care of our patients every day; however, we also impact patient care through collegial information sharing. The article, “Carnitine Deficiency: Implications for OR Nurses,” is one such example of how registered nurses’ scholarly activities and contributions to the nursing profession impact individual patient lives.

Chris Wolf, R.N., a registered staff nurse in Mayo’s Pre-Operative/Outpatient/Perianesthesia Care Unit, and Elizabeth Pestka, R.N., a clinical nurse specialist in Mayo’s Medical Psychiatric Program and a leader in nursing genomics at Mayo Clinic, published their article on carnitine deficiency in the July issue of OR Nurse 2009. The information in their article impacted a person’s quality of life halfway across the country.

Chris Helner of Pennsylvania, was plagued with a variety of symptoms that made it difficult for him to lead a healthy life. As a direct result of his mother reading the Wolf and Pestka article, Helner has now visited Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus and has been able to reduce many of the symptoms caused by his carnitine deficiency diagnosis.

Elizabeth Thompson, R.N., editor-in chief of OR Nurse 2010 and nursing education specialist for orthopedic surgery at Saint Marys Hospital, believes this article is a testament to the power of publishing scholarly nursing knowledge.  Registered nurses often underestimate the breadth of their knowledge base and the impact their individual and collective expertise can have on their colleagues and patient outcomes.

Doreen Frusti, R.N., chair, Department of Nursing at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus, champions and fully supports nursing research, scholarly activity, and the continued advancement of the professional nurse.

I recently had the opportunity to visit with Chris Wolf and Elizabeth Thompson and invite you to watch the video below.

You can learn more about nursing opportunities at Mayo Clinic here.

This article was submitted by Mark LaMaster, Nursing Placement Coordinator, Office of Nursing Placement and Career Development at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

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Nov 4, 2009 · A Day in the Life of a Mayo Flight Nurse

Whether it be flying to the scene of a car accident or transporting a critically ill patient to a specialty hospital by helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft, the flight nursing specialty requires an experienced and skilled professional to make split-second decisions during intense situations.

A day in the life of a flight nurse is never the same. Tim Alden, R.N.,  flight nurse for Mayo Clinic Medical Transport (MCMT) in Rochester, Minn., would agree that the flight nursing specialty provides a level of excitement that is difficult to match within the nursing profession.

As a flight nurse with MCMT, Tim’s “offices” are in the back of a Eurocopter 145 or in the cabin of a Beechjet 400. Each aircraft is stocked with equipment and medication comparable to what would be found in an emergency department or intensive care unit. Tim and his colleagues must be prepared for any type of emergency and must be able to perform in any environment. Tim maintains advanced skills by completing continuous training and education.

I had the opportunity to interview Tim to discuss what a typical day in the life of a flight nurse was like and to ask questions about what it takes to become a flight nurse.

Mayo Clinic Medical Transport celebrates its 25th year of service this year. MCMT has grown to include three bases in Rochester and Mankato, Minn. and Eau Claire, Wisc.  The MCMT medical crew is composed of medical directors, flight nurses, flight paramedics, as well as a Nursing Education Specialist and a Clinical Nurse Specialist.  Specially trained neonatal and pediatric nurses and respiratory therapists are also an essential part of the Mayo Clinic Medical Transport team.  Each year, MCMT collectively transports over 2,000 patients. MCMT flight nurses also work on Mayo MedAir Ambulance, Mayo’s fixed-wing aircraft, to transport patients across the country. MCMT comprises state-of-the-art aircraft designed to provide optimal care and enhance the safety for all on board. It goes without stating, however, MCMT would not be successful without the pilots, mechanics and Emergency Communications Center, as well as all of the team members that contribute to meeting the needs of our patients.

Flight nursing is only one of many specialties the nursing profession has to offer. For those interested in the nursing profession, click on the following link to learn more about over 60 nursing specialties at Mayo Medical Center. Tim would welcome any comments you may have on the flight nursing specialty or any other comments you may have.

This post was submitted by Mark LaMaster, nursing placement coordinator, Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

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Jul 21, 2009 · "Forever Caring" sculpture honors Mayo Nursing

Mayo Clinic has a rich history within the nursing profession and continues to strive to “provide the best nursing care in the world.” And there are several exhibits located on Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus that honor and recognize contributions to the nursing profession.

For those of you traveling to Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus, I encourage you to visit the “Forever Caring” sculpture in the Mayo Nurses’ Atrium located in the subway level of the Gonda Building. The sculpture was dedicated in 2003 to honor the nursing profession’s past, present and future colleagues. The sculpture was designed and sculpted by Gloria Tew and made possible through the philanthropic generosity of Warren F. and Marilyn J. Batemen.

The figures portray both the women and men of the nursing profession. Nurses in advanced practice, education and research, the threefold mission of Mayo Clinic, are exemplified in the nurse anesthetist, the graduate nurse and the nurse with a patient’s chart.

Forever Caring sculpture honoring Mayo Nursing: Past, Present, and Future

Forever Caring sculpture honoring Mayo Nursing: Past, Present, and Future

The “Forever Caring” sculpture is just one of the exhibits honoring nursing professionals at Mayo Clinic. The most recent nursing exhibit was unveiled in Heritage Hall located on the street level of the Mayo Building. The exhibit features a flag and a plaque to honor and to recognize all nurses for their service to our country in caring for patients in the military. This gift was presented to Mayo Nursing by Dr. Walter Franz.

A little known nursing display also exists in St. Marys Hospital on the main floor of the Francis Building, in room M-4. This historical display is located directly across from the visitor’s cafeteria and includes both nursing archives and operating room instruments from the past. The items range from a nursing diploma signed by Drs. Will and Charlie Mayo to an ether bottle used by Mayo Clinic’s first nurse anesthetist, Edith Graham (Mayo). I encourage you to take a few minutes to walk through this small but intriguing historical nursing display if you visit Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus.

Mayo nurses continue to strive to “provide the best nursing care in the world.” Please feel free to share any comments you may have about these nursing displays or the nursing care you have received at Mayo Clinic.

Mark LaMaster is a nursing placement coordinator in the Department of Nursing.

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May 7, 2009 · Celebrating the Nursing Profession

National Nurses Week is May 6 through May 12. 2009.  The purpose of National Nurses Week is to raise awareness about the nursing profession and to help educate the public about the important role nurses play in health care.  Mayo Clinic will be celebrating Nurses Week as well; however, the Department of Nursing promotes the profession throughout the year.  For those interested in Mayo’s remaining 2009 nursing conferences, please click on the following link:

Another example of Mayo Clinic’s dedication to professional nursing practice is the Nurses’ Poster Fair.  On Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the Mayo Nursing Council hosted their annual Nurses’ Poster Fair.  The theme of this year’s poster fair was, “A Culture of Caring: Defining Our Future.”  Over 50 posters highlighted the work Mayo Clinic nurses are taking to improve the patient care of the future.

Barb Schroeder, MS, RN, B-C CNS, has participated in the Nurses’ Poster Fair for several years and has helped create a curriculum to educate nurses on how to develop a poster presentation.  Barb would like to share some of the poster fair’s history with you as well as how the poster fair contributes to the nursing profession.

Please share any comments you may have in celebration of Nurses Week 2009!

Feb 27, 2009 · Mayo's Men in Nursing

If you have been a patient at Mayo in recent years, you may have been taken care of by a male nurse.  This is because Mayo employs nearly double the national average of male nurses.  In fact, Mayo received the 2008 “Best Workplace for Men in Nursing Award” presented by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN).

According to the AAMN website, the purpose of the award is: “To recognize employers that have implemented significant efforts in recruiting and retaining men in a workplace culture supportive of men in nursing and at all levels of nursing practice.”

Mayo’s men in nursing are represented as staff nurses, nursing education specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse managers and supervisors, and many other specialties.  As a nurse at Mayo, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best nurses in the world, both male and female.  No matter the gender, nursing is a challenging and rewarding profession that I would recommend to anyone interested in pursuing nursing as a career.  The Department of Nursing at Mayo is committed to excellence which is evidenced not only by the various awards it has received, but most importantly, by the outstanding care we provide to our patients.

Dale Pfrimmer and Heidi Shedenhelm, Department of Nursing Administration, accept the "Best Workplace for Men in Nursing" award

Dale Pfrimmer and Heidi Shedenhelm, Department of Nursing Administration, accept the "Best Workplace for Men in Nursing" award

Feb 10, 2009 · Summer III Nursing Experience

It may sound somewhat strange to be talking about Summer during the middle of winter in Minnesota, but over 700 nursing students from across the country have just completed their Summer III Nursing Program applications in hopes of being selected for the nearly 140 positions at one of Mayo Clinic’s hospitals in Rochester, Minnesota.

Mayo’s Summer III Nursing Program is one of the country’s longest consecutive student nursing experiences in the country, now entering its 43rd year.  Selected students arrive in Rochester, MN in early June to spend the next ten weeks on one of Mayo’s 60 specialty nursing units and combined 100 operating rooms for perioperative nursing.

I am always excited during this time of year, as I reflect back on my Summer III experience.  I was a Summer III in 1996 and remember spending hours filling out my application, making sure it was just right.  I was fortunately selected for the program and was assigned to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

As I reflect on my Summer III experience, I look back on how this opportunity has positively impacted my nursing career thus far: a) employment, b) experience, c) friendships, d) opportunity, e) mentorship, and most importantly, f) the opportunity to provide the best nursing care to all of the patients I have had the honor to take care of.

I went into the nursing profession because I dreamed of one day becoming a flight nurse.  I have had the privilege to work as a flight nurse for Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, one of the most rewarding specialties in nursing.  I truly believe that my Summer III experience helped me to realize my dream.  Today, I have the privilege to be the Summer III Program coordinator and hope to help other Summer III’s realize their professional nursing dreams.

Below is a look at the Summer III recruitment video.

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