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News for nurses roundup: The REAL award winners announced


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1. Nurse wins big in the Emergency Care category of the first annual REAL Awards; gets to shake hands with Bill Clinton

“It was an amazing birthday present,” said nurse Donn Kropp. “To get a thanks, an award of this caliber — the only word I can think of is just humbling.”

“He has taken his experience as an emergency and trauma nurse around the world, visiting various natural disaster sites to help others, most recently after the devastating earthquakes in both Kashmir, India, and again in Haiti,” Kropp’s profile on the award’s website says. “He has channeled these accomplishments and passions into creating his own companies, Cosine Health Strategies and”


2. Anesthetist nurses honored with National Nurse Anesthetists Week in Minnesota

One of these nurses, Alice Magaw, was dubbed the “mother of anesthesia” by Dr. Charles Mayo for her significant contributions to the field of anesthesiology, according to John Hust, CRNA, MNA, president of the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA).

“She continuously helped refine and record the anesthesia innovations at the clinic from the late 19th into the early 20th century,” said Hust. “In 1906, she published the results of her work in Surgery, Gynecology, and Obstetrics, becoming one of the first persons who was not a physician to author an article in a medical journal.”


3. Nurse in Florida writes book, speaks out about the need for “person-centered care” in nursing homes and home care

“That was a profound change,” Joanne Rader said. “I thought, we’re nurses; we’re trained; we’re intelligent. We can make decisions without having to listen to the Big Nurse in the Sky — telling me something that’s usually obsolete and has nothing to do with the person in front of me.”

“Instead of saying, oh, nursing homes, aren’t they terrible,” she said, she tried a positive inquiry: “If we could create what we wanted, what would it look like?”

“What we discovered is that how pain is expressed by each person with dementia is so individualized,” she said. “When we had a person who fought getting out of bed in the morning, it could be for any number of reasons. The behavior will look the same, but the root cause is different. It all goes back to knowing the person — and individualizing care.”


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