Healthy Halifax Fall 2019: In Focus

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Nursing Excellence

We celebrate our nurses who provide extraordinary
care for their patients every day.

EVERY DAY, HALIFAX REGIONAL NURSES GO ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR THEIR PATIENTS, MOTIVATED BY A DESIRE TO SERVE AND BY THE FAMILIAL BOND AMONG TEAM MEMBERS.

A HELPING HAND
It was just before noon on a weekday in 2018 when a couple arrived at Halifax
Regional’s Emergency Department. They had been traveling from Massachusetts
on I-95 when the husband began experiencing chest pains and exited the interstate to seek medical help.

“As the team was working with him, I noticed his wife sitting in a chair, taking it all in,” recalls Barbara Moore, MSN, RN, director of Patient Care Services at Halifax Regional. “She seemed a little frail, and I knew she was by herself. I immediately thought of my mother, and had she been traveling with my dad, how that would have felt to be in an ER in a city she wasn’t familiar with and watching the nurses work on her husband.”

Learning the woman recently had back surgery and was not driving, Moore received permission for two public safety team members to take the woman, along with the couple’s car, to Raleigh, where her husband was being transported. “It meant a lot to her to know her husband was in great care and she was not by herself and on her own,” Moore says.

NURSE APPRECIATION
Tish Shrader, RN, ER supervisor at Halifax Regional, remembers a woman who
brought her flowers. “She had come into the hospital saying she just didn’t feel right,” Shrader remembers. “Everything seemed well in triage, and then she suddenly became unresponsive and coded.”

Shrader continued working with the patient along with the ER team and got her stable enough for transport. She was later diagnosed and treated for bradycardia, a too-slow heart rate. During the flower delivery visit, the former patient told Shrader that she had come back with a new appreciation of life. “Those experiences are the ones that make my job worth it every day,” says Shrader.

“Nursing can be heartbreaking and frustrating, but I thank God every
day that this is what I’m doing.”

—Tish Shrader, RN

GIVING BACK IN RETIREMENT
Ruth Gee retired as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) with Halifax Regional in 2009, but even in retirement, she continues to go above and beyond for patients and the community. Today, she works as a volunteer for the hospital and the Roanoke Valley Community Health Initiative (RVCHI). She loves the sense of freedom she has as a volunteer and views her work now as a ministry. As a member of RVCHI’s Partners in Faith, Gee and the group focus on improving health through healthy eating and activities such as exercise. “For me, volunteering is like a never-ending fairy tale. I never want to stop doing it, and I give all glory to God!”

“We are proud of the passionate care our nurses bring to every patient, every day,” says Jason Harrell, vice president of Patient Care Services. “From working with patients in the ER, to translating complicated medical information for caregivers, their contribution can never be overstated.”

*Barbara Moore Joins Great 100

From childhood on, Barbara Moore never wanted to be anything but a nurse. Following that dream, Moore received a scholarship to Halifax Community College, earned her BS in nursing at East Carolina University and began her now 33-year career at Halifax Regional. In 2011, Moore contributed a clinical voice to the Medical Center’s $6 million outpatient renovation project.

This year, Moore joined a long list of Halifax Regional nurses named to the prestigious Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina. She continues to be inspired by her nursing team members who “work hard every day to create the best experiences for patients and find ways to better that experience.”

Great 100 Nurses, founded in 1989, is a grassroots peer recognition organization honoring the nursing profession in North Carolina.

 

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