96-year-old Fulfills Dream of Being a Nurse

It only took 96 years, but Leona Paulus was finally able to live out her dream of being a nurse, at least for a day. The nonagenarian New Jersey native recently nabbed her high school diploma, having dropped out when she was only 13, SNJ Today reports. With that, the Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center, which also helped “Auntie Lee” obtain her diploma, was able to place the senior with the Salem County Health Department. There, she spent the day handing out paperwork for health screenings. “She had the get-up-and-go to follow her dream and get her high school diploma, so knowing she wanted to be a nurse, we wanted to help in that aspect to make her dreams come true today. So, we were very happy to be a part of that,” Bonnie Hogate, nursing supervisor for the health department, told the website.

Nurses Treat Uninsured in Tennessee

At a recent event sponsored by Nashville, Tenn.-based Saint Thomas Health, hundreds of volunteer health care professionals provided basic care to an estimated 1,000 residents of Middle Tennessee who have limited access to care, The Tennessean reports. The Saint Thomas Medical Mission at Home initiative provides free lab work, radiology exams, teeth extractions, mammograms, vision screenings and other health-related needs to residents who are underinsured or uninsured. “This is really about making sure everyone has access to medical care they need,” Amy Wilson, chief nursing officer of Saint Thomas Health, told the newspaper. More than 600 volunteers from across 30 organizations dedicated their time to people like Debbie Rowe, who was given a free vision screening and custom glasses to pass her driver’s test and obtain a new license after moving to the Volunteer State. The initiative was started in 2008 by Nancy Anness, a Saint Thomas family nurse practitioner. “There are so many uninsured people in our state and our community that don’t have access to care,” she told The Tennessean.

RN Delivers Baby at Ga. Target

When labor and delivery nurse Caris Lockwood heads in to work, she usually goes to Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. But recently, Lockwood showed up for duty at her local Target. Last week, Tanya St. Preux, of Georgia, was shopping at the retailer when she went in to labor. Luckily, Lockwood was there and jumped in to help, CNN reports. With help from Target employees, Lockwood delivered a healthy baby boy named Maleek. “Caris was God-sent and amazing,” St. Preux said after the delivery, according to a statement from Piedmont Healthcare.

A Genomic Assist for Nurses

Nurses aiming to better integrate genomics into patient care just got a helping hand from the National Institutes of Health. The federal agency just released a new toolkit that offers nurses and other health professionals more than 100 resources, according to an NIH press release. The kit was developed with a hand from clinical educators and health care administrators and is structured in a way that allows nurses and hospitals leaders to tailor interventions to the unique circumstances of their organizations, according to the NIH.