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Did you know? Just ONE WEEK separates us from June 8, 2015: the day when we will find out which hospitals reign as Soliant’s Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. for 2015!  In previous years, we’ve seen votes rush in during these last few days, so if want to see your hospital make it to the Top 20 — now is the time to vote, vote, VOTE! Don’t forget to keep encouraging your friends, families, and colleagues to do the same! Wondering where your hospital stands? Check out our rankings as of today, June 2, 2015:

  1. Phoebe Sumter Medical Center
  2. Homestead Hospital
  3. Forest Park Medical Center – San Antonio
  4. Riverside Regional Medical Center
  5. HealthPark Medical Center
  6. St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
  7. Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  8. Doctors Memorial Hospital
  9. Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center
  10. Forest Park Medical Center – Southlake
  11. Logan Regional Hospital
  12. Forest Park Medical Center – Fort Worth
  13. West Shore Hospital
  14. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  15. Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
  16. Mercy Health West Hospital
  17. Flagler Hospital
  18. Adirondack Health
  19. Riverview Medical Center
  20. La Rabida Children’s Hospital
  21. Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute
  22. Caromont Regional Medical Center
  23. Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
  24. Gulf Coast Medical Center
  25. Summit Pacific Medical Center
  26. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  27. Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
  28. CHI Health St. Francis
  29. Memorial Hospital
  30. Eisenhower Medical Center
  31. Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  32. Tenets Resolute Health Hospital
  33. Bear River Valley Hospital
  34. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
  35. Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute
  36. Palomar Medical Center
  37. Orange Regional Medical Center
  38. McKay-Dee Hospital
  39. Metro Health Hospital
  40. Parker Adventist Hospital
  41. North Valley Hospital Whitefish
  42. Virtua Voorhees
  43. Chestnut Hill Hospital
  44. Desert Regional Medical Center
  45. Providence Regional Medical Center
  46. Sierra Providence East Medical Center
  47. Seattle Children’s Hospital – Building Hope
  48. Sky Lakes Medical Center
  49. Park City Medical Center
  50. St. Mark’s Hospital

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My Special Nursing Moment 2015 Winner!

by Carmela Nazareno on May 19, 2015

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Year two of Soliant’s My Special Nursing Moment Contest is in the books! What an honor it is to hear heartwarming stories about care from the ultimate caregivers themselves: nurses! This year, we were especially moved by the more than thirty moments we received, each bringing us to that point in time, where a special bond was made,  where special words were spoken, or where a special silence was shared between nurse and patient.

Congratulations to Kim Stafford, RN for her winning Special Moment of 2015. Read it below:heartwarming-nurse-story

“When I worked as an ADON in long term care, I made some great friends — not just my co-workers but my residents and their families. One particular woman who made my day every day with her smile and her perfectly coordinated outfits was such a friend. She knew all about the comings and goings of the facility, asked about your children, and loved them to come visit. She was a sweet soul with a ton of spunk at her age of over 90. She walked the halls every day and always said hello to everyone. One particularly sad day, she suddenly fell ill. And when I say suddenly, I mean RAPIDLY. We later came to figure out she had an abdominal aortic aneurysm that dissected. I was called to the unit to assess her and knew right away her time was short. I had helped her complete her advanced directive some months before so I knew that if this happened, she didn’t want to go to a hospital and wanted to remain in her room with comfort measures. When I entered the room all she could say was ‘Kim. Sick. Dying. Don’t go.’ And I honored that wish. We were able to get emergency orders for meds for comfort and I never left her side. I held her in my lap while she left us, and I know that I provided her with exactly what we discussed those months ago. She left us with dignity without pain and with the comfort of her nurse, her friend with her the whole way. After she was gone we all cried for a long, long time. She left a big void when she passed, but she always taught us, “Chin up buttercup, it always gets better,” and it did. But I think to this point in my career despite the patients I have successfully coded, the lives I have helped save in the ER since then, I still call this day and this experience my best day as a nurse.”

Thank you, nurses, for sharing your special moments with us. It may only take a few words to express your passions, but what you shared with us spoke volumes of why you chose this path. We are so glad you did!

Happy Nurses Week from all of us at Soliant!

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This week marks National Nurses Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the tremendous work nurses countrywide are putting in.

In honor of Nurses Week, here at Soliant we are celebrating by sharing with you a small group of nurses who have not only been inspiring their patients, but who have also been inspiring others far and wide through their blogs.

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Today our inspiring blogging nurse is the Nurse Teacher; she has been a Registered Nurse since 1998. After taking the opportunity to move into teaching in the clinical arena with nursing students in all levels of their education in 2007, she then graduated with a Masters in Nursing Education in 2014 and looks forward to continuing her career educating the next generation of nursing professionals. 

Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse?

Growing up, especially in high school, I loved the sciences and especially animals. For a very long time I wanted to be a veterinarian, but was very intimidated by all the years of schooling. As I started college, I was still trying to find my niche. Many of the students in my biology classes were pre-nursing students. Although my mom was a nurse, it never really occurred to me, but I soon began to realize it was the perfect blend of science and caring. So, I went on to get my BSN from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, graduating in 1998.

What do you find the most satisfying thing about your profession?

The most satisfying thing about my profession in knowing you’ve made a real difference in someone’s life. Often that impact is not known or even intentional, but is so powerful to them. I love people and getting to know people and truly helping them in a time of need. For example, I took care of an employee’s husband during his final days. I was there for her and her family, just as I would be for any patient – I was just “doing my job”. But for years to come, every time I saw her, she would thank me profusely for how kind I was to her at that difficult time. It’s the little things that mean so much.

And the most frustrating?

The most frustrating aspect of my profession is being stuck in the middle – the nurse wants to do what is right for her patient, but may not have the resources, support or guts to make it happen. Also, the fact that the bedside nurse is not truly seen for their value in patient care. So much is expected of the nurse in the trenches, but not a lot of support or input into their daily decisions and role.

Is there anything that stands out as the most memorable moment in your career?

Most of my memorable moments are the stories of crazy nursing adventures and sad tales told among nursing friends. But, one of the most memorable moments I like to share is about a young patient who came to us in liver failure due to a possible ingestion. He clearly was not a transplant candidate, however was critically ill and not likely to survive the next 48 hours. I remember being in the room when the physicians told the mother the news. As I held her hand, hugged her and comforted her as she got mad, cried and then watched her rally to be strong for her son. Well, youth can never be underestimated and he did survive – literally a miracle as he was basically on the verge of death for a few days. I was the nurse who transferred him to the floor with a new chance at life. His mom thanked me profusely and the lesson to never give up hope was forever written in my heart!

What inspired you to start blogging?

I actually started blogging a little bit by accident. While working on my Master’s degree, I had to do a project for my Internet in Education class. We had to use the internet to solve a problem or create a learning activity. Well, I had been teaching clinicals for over five years and each semester, I was trying to find ways to share resources with my students that I had found on the internet. So for my project, I created a small blog where I “stored” resources.  I could then refer my students to the site each semester. Little did I know, it was becoming quite popular and being shared among other nursing students and over time The Nurse Teacher site was born!

Is there one piece of advice you would give to nurses at the start of their nursing career?

Wow – this is a tough one…. if I had to pick one piece of advice – remember to care! If we make decisions from a place of caring, we are likely to make the best decisions for our patients. Treat them like a family member you love and you will do the right thing. I always say, if you want to fix health care, we need to put the CARE back in it!

You can connect with The Nurse Teacher over on Pinterest or follow The Nurse Teacher on Facebook & Twitter.

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Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: Notratched.net

by Tera Tuten on May 10, 2015

This week marks National Nurses Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the tremendous work nurses countrywide are putting in.

In honor of Nurses Week, here at Soliant we are celebrating by sharing with you a small group of nurses who have not only been inspiring their patients, but who have also been inspiring others far and wide through their blogs.

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Today our inspiring blogging nurse is Megen Duffy RN, BA, BSN, CEN who runs notratched.net. Megen is a writer, medical editor, nurse, photographer, and self-confessed geek. She has been a nurse since 2008.

Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse?

I’ve been a nurse since 2008. My first career was as a freelance medical editor, and I became more interested in action as opposed to fixing what other people wrote about medicine. I had wanted to be a nurse as a child, but my mother discouraged me; she thought I should be a doctor. So I ended up doing neither for a long time.

What do you find the most satisfying thing about your profession?

Statistically, there’s a very good chance that every time I go to work, I am going to make a notable difference in someone’s life. Nursing is a very concrete, instant-feedback job.

And the most frustrating?

Politics. National politics in the healthcare system, workplace politics, lateral-violence politics. I get worn out just trying to jump through hoops that do not help and in many cases hinder patient care.

Is there anything that stands out as the most memorable moment in your career?

Yes. I worked briefly at a pediatric residential facility, and one of the kids coded. I was the only medical nurse there and was able to do appropriate things to save the kid. It showed me that critical care is really my area of comfort.

What inspired you to start blogging?

When I started nursing school, there were a lot more nurse bloggers than there are now; people hadn’t been fired and run out on rails yet. I got a lot of benefit from reading and identifying with the experiences of other student nurses and from receiving advice from veteran nurses. I’ve always liked to write, so it became an obvious step for me.

Is there one piece of advice you would give to nurses at the start of their nursing career?

Fly under the radar. It has been a hard-learned lesson for me that drawing a line in the sand over one patient or one issue will prevent you from making a difference for a greater number. It is never worth it. Be silent, and stay to nurse another day. (I am rarely able to take this advice, but it’s good advice, and I would be happier if I could follow it.)

You can connect with Megen on Facebook & Twitter.

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Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: Donna Cardillo

by Tera Tuten on May 9, 2015

This week marks National Nurses Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the tremendous work nurses countrywide are putting in.

In honor of Nurses Week, here at Soliant we are celebrating by sharing with you a small group of nurses who have not only been inspiring their patients, but who have also been inspiring others far and wide through their blogs.

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Today our inspiring blogging nurse is Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP. Inspirational nurse over DonnaCardillo.com, the ‘Dear Donna’ advice columnist at Nurse.com, Expert blogger at DrOz.com, keynote speaker, humorist, and master motivator. Donna travels the works helping nurses to be happy in their careers and to reach their full potential. She is author of The ULTIMATE Career Guide for nurses, Your 1st Year as a Nurse, and A Daybook for Beginning Nurses.

Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse?

donna-cardilloI’ve been a nurse for 40 years. I always loved science and wanted to help people so nursing was a natural direction for me to go in. Plus I was a candy striper in high school and fell in love with the hospital environment and the work done there. I’ve worked in both traditional and non-traditional nursing roles over the years. I have been a nurse entrepreneur for the last 20 years since starting DonnaCardillo.com and offering seminars, retreats and educational programs and products for nurses.

What do you find the most satisfying thing about your profession?

I know I am making a positive impact on the world every day. I am doing my part.

And the most frustrating?

That so many people think nurses are merely assistants to physicians.

Is there anything that stands out as the most memorable moment in your career?

There are so many moments but I was truly honoured to be the first nurse ever to be asked to blog at Dr. Oz.com

What inspired you to start blogging?

I saw it as a great forum to share my expertise and insights, to educate, enlighten and inspire others… and reach more people.

Is there one piece of advice you would give to nurses at the start of their nursing career?

Follow your heart and create your own path in nursing. There is no one right path that all nurses must follow. We’re all different and there are so many varied opportunities. There are many ways and places to make a difference.

You can connect with Donna over on LinkedIn or follow her on Facebook & Twitter.

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Most Inspiring Blogging Nurses: Nurse Code

by Tera Tuten on May 8, 2015

This week marks  National Nurses Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the tremendous work nurses countrywide are putting in.

In honor of Nurses Week, here at Soliant we are celebrating by sharing with you a small group of nurses who have not only been inspiring their patients, but who have also been inspiring others far and wide through their blogs.

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Today our inspiring blogging nurse is Beth; an acute care Staff Development Educator, Professional Writer, HealthStream Subject Matter Expert, Career Advice Columnist, and Blogger at nursecode.com.

Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse? 

zbPLm-pk_400x400I’ve been a nurse for over twenty five years. I chose nursing because I’m a helper and a teacher. My energy comes from connecting with others and helping them.

When I started my nursing career, I thought that I was choosing nursing but now I believe that nursing chose me.

What do you find the most satisfying thing about your profession?

Simple things. Being able to identify early signs of a worsening condition and intervene. Pulling a patient up in bed and tucking pillows in securely around them. Helping a new grad learn to compose a resume.

And the most frustrating?

The disconnect between what nurses actually do and what the public perceives.

Is there anything that stands out as the most memorable moment in your career?

My career has been a continuing series of memorable moments. One of them was when a very ill inpatient got married on our MedSurg unit. It was beautiful. I wrote about it on my blog, nursecode.com. Another is when I sat down and helped a nurse study to pass her Basic Arrhythmia Test. She was about to be taken off the schedule without pay for not meeting this required competency. She was so grateful that she hugged me and teared up.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I combined my passion for helping new nurses with my passion for writing. I love new nurses and their fresh energy and high ideals. Much of what I blog about is how to land a nursing job- how to interview, write a resume letter, and so on.

Is there one piece of advice you would give to nurses at the start of their nursing career?

First, congratulations! You worked hard to get here.

Be prepared for an amazing journey. Be sensitive to both doors that open for you and those that close. Ask for help when you need it and give back to others when you can.

You can connect with Beth over on LinkedIn or follow Nurse Code on Facebook & Twitter.

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