Bay’s cardiac nurses highly qualified;
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"We want to be a leader in cardiac nursing care," says Mary Hosler, RN,
BSN, Cardiac Nurse Specialist. "Our nurses work collaboratively with
physicians and specialist teams, like respiratory therapy, pharmacy, dietary,
case managers, and cardiac rehabilitation. Outcomes of this care are evidenced
by a recent 5 Star award from Health Grades for excellence in cardiac care.
With the team and through various cardiac workgroups we develop care pathways
that guide patient care according to national cardiac standards. Of utmost
importance is a partnership with our patients. That means developing programs
that appeal to all levels of learning. We want patients to thoroughly understand
their cardiac condition, and to recognize what they can and must do for the
long-term for their heart to heal.
"Patients instinctively know when they have received quality care. They know
when the nursing staff is attentive to details that support their recovery and
rehabilitation from a life-changing health event. It’s important that our nurses
help patients and families work through their fears, and develop healthy
lifestyle plans that will last for a lifetime."
Patient care from several cardiac nurses’ perspectives:
"I assess each patient’s needs – not just the obvious physical concerns, but
their pain level, their emotional status. For many patients, any heart event is
a ‘speed bump’ on the road of life. It forces patients to take stock, slow down,
and think about the quality of life they want to live. For open heart surgery
patients, in particular, it’s a ‘wake-up’ call that is in their face about how
they eat, exercise, whether they smoke, how much stress they’re under, and their
bodies are eager for changes to be made. We want our patients to be proactive
with their heart health, and patient education is a priority." Margaret
"There are some patients who are dealt some bad genetic heart cards. Some of
these patients have followed a pretty healthy lifestyle because they knew they
were at risk. Some thought: ‘I’ll be the family member that beats this.’
Unfortunately, you can’t deal genetically predisposed patients a new hand. But
you can help them examine all aspects of their lifestyle – what can they change?
Can they adjust their diet a bit more? Are there some additional exercise
opportunities? How can they reduce stress in their lives? We encourage them to
be messengers to their family and friends that heart disease is pretty
unforgiving. No matter what someone’s age, they can choose to be heart healthy."
Ann Vega, RN.
"Heart disease is complicated. You need to be able to prioritize, make quick
decisions, and think quickly on your feet. In the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,
we really work as a team. If the patient is stable four to six hours after
surgery, we work with respiratory to extubate the patient and get them breathing
oxygen. Dietary, pharmacy, and case management get involved very quickly. When
the patient wakes up from surgery, they’re in pain. It may take awhile to get
oriented. Our most important focus is to get them stable. You have to be
focused, while multi-tasking, and the adrenaline just keeps coming." Di Katt,
RN, BSN, CCRN, CSC