Nurse by Day, Cheerleader After Hours

After a grueling shift at the hospital, you would think that most nurses would just want to relax on the couch. But one Baltimore nurse prefers to grab a pair of pompoms and head to the football stadium to cheer on her favorite team from the sidelines. Heather, a pediatric intensive care unit nurse at Johns Hopkins, spends her off-hours as co-captain of the Washington Redskins’ cheerleading squad, according to a press release from the hospital. (The NFL has a policy against releasing cheerleaders’ full names.) She puts in long hours to meet the demands of both professions but insists she doesn’t feel overworked. “If you told me I worked 80 hours a week, I wouldn’t believe you,” says Heather. “I love both of my jobs so much for two completely different reasons. I don’t know if I could do one as well without the other.”

Nurses Help New Moms at Home

New mothers in need in the Dallas-Fort-Worth area are finding support through The Nurse-Family Partnership, a program that offers the services of registered nurses to mothers for free. The nurses provide medical and child-rearing guidance — such as the latest information about breastfeeding — as well as personal and financial direction, the Dallas News reports. From the beginning of their pregnancy until their child’s second birthday, mothers receive in-home visits from nurses who check in on them, refer them to social support resources and help them set life goals. Fred Cerise, CEO of the Parkland Health & Hospital System and a member of the Family-Nurse Partnership’s board of directors, told the publication that the nurses help mothers cultivate skills that will improve their children’s lives for years to come.

Robots Help Fledgling RNs Master Telemed

The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Nursing is using what it calls a “robot nurse” to give students experience with telemedicine and remote care, the Daily Texan Online reports. The Robo-Advanced Practice Registered Nurse enables students to interact with patients remotely through videoconferencing via an iPad affixed to a portable apparatus, measuring in at the height of an average-sized person. This kind of training is necessary as remote care — especially in rural areas — becomes increasingly in demand, representatives from the program told the publication.

RN Turns Fairgrounds Into Mini Hospital

What started as a simple request to bring pillows and blankets to the local fairgrounds ended up as a 12-day ordeal at a makeshift hospital for one California nurse. On Oct. 9 Michelle Patino went to the Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center to report for work only to find that local wildfires had shut down the facility, the Press Democrat reports. Instead, she headed to the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds to lend a hand. What she found was a makeshift hospital with a lot of people in need of care. Patino, who resides in Petaluma, ended up overseeing what became a 30-bed facility, working 12- to 16-hour shifts over the next dozen days administering care to wildfire victims. Donations from the community helped to fuel the site, she tells the newspaper. “Everything we had in the clinic, from defibrillators to a laptop computer to oxygen tanks, were donated by community members and fire departments from Petaluma to San Francisco. People bought them and brought them in. I’d ask for something on social media, and I had it in an hour,” she said in the story. “I’ve only lived in this community for about a year and a half, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”