Nurses are the backbone of Northwestern Medicine. Check out all the amazing things they do and why Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a great environment for nurses by viewing our Nursing Annual Report.
By Julie Bruhn
In honor of National Nurses Week, check out the video below to see why Northwestern Medicine nurses are the best. #nmnursepride
By Kara Spak
It’s a big reunion for some of Northwestern Medicine’s smallest patients.
Northwestern Medicine® and the March of Dimes are hosting an October 12 event bringing together caregivers from Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with former patients and their families.
By Todd Medland
Mary Alice Ackerman, RN, and Gina Ferguson, RN, are both heart transplant coordinators at Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. Mary Alice and Gina wrote this blog entry about their incredible experiences and interactions from their recent trip to Rwanda.
Rwanda is referred to as the land of a thousands hills. After spending two weeks traveling in this country, we will always remember it as the land of a thousand beautiful and welcoming hills. This was one of the most magical places that we have had the opportunity to visit.
By Caitlin Larkin
Many people give to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in honor of one special caregiver who has touched their life. Stephen Falk, a Northwestern Memorial employee since 2001, supports the Aim HighNursing Excellence program in memory of his mother, Elizabeth “Gene” Falk, a registered nurse who retired at the age of 80. Aim High was created to provide financial assistance for experienced nurses with associate degrees and diplomas who wish to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Falk remembers his mother’s pride in her chosen profession and her dedication to learning. “She was in nursing school when I was a small boy. As a single mother, she had to get creative in order to find the time and space to do her school work. I remember occasionally watching her through our front window while she studied in our car as it was parked in the driveway. She and I could keep an eye on each other, but she could still have little time to do her homework.”
By Caitlin Larkin
Deborah Roache, RN, began her nursing career in the late 1970s after obtaining an associate’s degree in nursing. She has been a labor and delivery nurse at Northwestern Memorial since 1998, balancing a demanding career in patient care with raising her own family. Recently, Roache decided to pursue a long wished-for bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN). To help defray her expenses, she applied for partial assistance through the hospital’s Aim High Nursing Excellence program, which provides scholarships for Northwestern Memorial nurses who are pursuing a BSN.
Exceptional patient care begins with exceptional care providers, a fact well known to Frank Krumlovsky, MD, who spent his entire 40 year career as a nephrologist (a physician specializing in kidney disorders) atNorthwestern Memorial Hospital. “It struck me early in my career that, since patients have constant contact with their nurses, it’s crucial for these nurses to receive continuous educational opportunities,” said Krumlovsky. “A patient’s best friend is a well-educated, happy nurse.”
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