Michigan Medicine nurses committed to making an impact

May 9, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

It’s Nurses Week 2018, and Headlines is celebrating the hard work and dedication of Michigan Medicine nurses, all of whom are in a league of their own when it comes to caring for patients and families.

The organization’s nurses don’t just make an impact at the academic medical center; indeed, they also improve the lives of individuals both in the community and across the globe.

Here’s a closer look at just a few of the impressive nurses at Michigan Medicine:

Brandon and Chanda Perry

Brandon and Chanda Perry

The Perrys have always been committed to helping people. When their children were smaller, Chanda ran an in-home daycare and cared for kids with special needs, while Brandon worked as a transporter at University Hospital.

But they both sought something more, something that would have more of a direct impact on patients and families. That’s why both went back to school to become nurses — Chanda now works in the emergency department at Michigan Medicine, while Brandon recently graduated from the U-M School of Nursing. Check out their remarkable story.

Julie Guminik helps connect an infant to a bank of monitors upon the baby’s return from a trip to radiology.

NICU nurses

In the neonatal intensive care unit at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, faculty and staff look after some of the youngest and most critical patients at Michigan Medicine — or anywhere. Indeed, as a Level IV NICU, Mott is certified as capable of providing the highest-level of care to premature and critically-ill infants. It’s a task that is tiring and emotional, but in the end, incredibly rewarding for the unique NICU nurses.

Click here to take a closer look inside the NICU and learn what a day in the life of a NICU nurse is really like.

Lori Dager presents her findings.

Lori Dager

Nurses at Michigan Medicine don’t just improve patient care, many do important research work as well. One such nurse is Lori Dager, who works at the East Ann Arbor Surgery Center and recently spotted a troublesome trend: More and more patients had to be catheterized before heading home from outpatient surgery. The reason was postoperative urinary retention (POUR), or an inability to urinate after having anesthesia.

Dager carried out an evidence-based practice project designed to curtail instances of POUR — work that has prompted a change in recovery room protocol at East Ann Arbor, across the organization and, perhaps, across the world. Find out details of the project, which was showcased at a conference in Sydney, Australia late last year!

The PICU nurses at Food Gatherers.

PICU nurses

Nurses from the pediatric ICU took time in early January to head to Food Gatherers, sorting and packaging food for community members in need. The team self-organized the trip, part of nursing’s ongoing effort to support the organization’s commitment to addressing community needs.

“The fact that our team dedicates itself to community service shows that nurses have a big heart not only for our patients, but for everyone in the surrounding area,” said Ashley McFarland, a registered nurse in the PICU. “We look forward to taking on even more important volunteering opportunities in the months and years ahead.”

Danielle Rogosch

Danielle Rogosch works as a nurse and a diabetes educator.

When Danielle Rogosch’s son, Alex, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999, the inpatient nurse on 6C learned all she could about the metabolic disease. What she noticed, however, was that “the nurses [I worked with] were providing excellent patient care, but weren’t necessarily providing the right type of education to those with diabetes.”

So Danielle set out to change all of that. Learn how she managed to do so, eventually taking on two important roles at Michigan Medicine: working as a nurse and as a diabetes educator.

Thank you to all of the organization’s nurses for their commitment to keeping Michigan Medicine among the global leaders in health care!