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Hot topics in this year’s program include:
I Am a Critical Care Nurse
Pam Frantz, RN, CCRN, is a
staff nurse in the ICU at Porter
Adventist Hospital in Denver,
Why did you become a nurse?
When I went to college, I wanted to become a
physical therapist. My college offered 2 options to start
a physical therapist degree: physical education and
nursing. I was an athlete and loved sports and I wanted
to go the physical education route, but my mother
wanted me to go the nursing route. At first, this was
difficult for me because I loved sports. One of my nursing instructors sat me down one day and said, “Choose
basketball or nursing, and basketball is not a career.”
I chose nursing.
What about your job as
a nurse makes you happy?
As a nurse, I engange in constant learning that is
very stimulating, but the ability to talk with patients
and their families, to hold their hand, and to make
them smile is one of the most satisfying aspects of
nursing. Chatting with a 96-year-old woman who
reminisces about her childhood, hearing a mother
talk of her critically ill child, and listening to children
speak of their love for their grandfather makes me a
better, humbler person. I also enjoy teaching new
nurses. I tell them, “If I teach you right, then you can
care for me right.” Seeing the understanding in a
young nurse’s face when I teach is invaluable.
Tell us about an extraordinary experience
you’ve had as a critical care nurse.
The most extraordinary aspect in my nursing
career is that I am in 2 published books. One book is
about a physician and his experience in the hospital
after an intracerebral hemorrhage and the other book
is about a paraplegic and her journey of healing and
coping with her injury. I cared for both of these patients.
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Vol 33, No. 4, AUGUST 2013
What are the challenges you encounter
and how do you overcome them?
The challenges of nursing are always there, but over
the years they have changed. I remember when it took
2 hours to complete a computed tomography scan.
Computerized charting is a blessing and a demon at
the same time. It provides information at your fingermation
tips but it takes away time from the bedside to get all
the needed information into the computer. I think of
challenges as actions that must be done to accomplish
the real objective: caring for the patient.
‘I Am a Critical Care Nurse’
What has your journey as a nurse been like?
I started as a nurse in a small cardiac intensive care
unit. I then moved to another town to work at a univerwn
sity hospital. In 1981, this particular university had only
1 intensive care unit. We cared for neonates and adults
and everyone in between. This unit had a wonderful
educator; I still remember her 33 years later. I hope she
would be proud of the teaching I do today.
I moved to a nonuniversity hospital with a wonderful learning environment. I spent 20 years there before
I became a flight nurse for 9 years. This was such a difrs.
ferent career. There was so much to learn about pedih
atrics, obstetrics, and how the environment affected
patient transfers. Sometimes I used all of the 20 years
of critical care experience in a single flight. A blessing
in disguise brought me back to the bedside. After caring for a very sick patient, I realized that I missed talkzed
ing with patients, discussing the patient’s illness with a
physician, and explaining an illness to a patient or famness
ily. That is what critical care nursing is to me.
At the end of a busy day, how
do you find balance in your life?
My family is my rock. My partner and I have a house
in the mountains—a truly beautiful place to relax. Also,
playing racquetball relieves my stress.
How has AACN played a role in your career?
AACN has been there throughout my career. I rememhout
ber how proud I was after taking my first CCRN exam.
I read the journals regularly and use the vast resources
that AACN provides. I believe AACN is the most influanization
ential and powerful nursing organization in changing
patient care and giving nurses a voice. CCN
I Am a Critical Care Nurse features the extraordieatures
nary in a critical care nurse’s ordinary experiences.
To be featured in this department, contact Critical
Care Nurse via e-mail at email@example.com.
Critical Care Nurse
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - August 2013
Bold Voices - August 2013
Seamless Staff Leadership Transition Is Goal of AACN's CEO Search
A Pool of Exceptional Talent
Progressive Care Nurses: A Conference, Las Vegas and CNEs Just for You
Communication Is Critical to Avoid Readmissions
Hospital Deaths Decrease Slightly Over 10 Years
Leapfrog Rates Hospital Safety Performance
Patient Safety Threatened by Insufficient Nurse Staffing, Fatigue
Number of Americans With Dementia, Cost of Care to Double by 2040
Updated HHS Standards Support Improved Cultural and Linguistic Competency
Decrease Noise Levels to Improve Patient Outcomes
Alarm Management (AACN Practice Alert)
Survey Reports High Levels of Burnout, Job Seeking
New HIPAA Rule Seeks to Balance Patients' Privacy Protection
Pet Ownership May Be Heart-Friendly
Hospitals Better at Preventing CLABSIs
Online Program Helps Military Service Members, Veterans Become Nurses
Clot Busters Safe for Patients With Stroke Who Take Aspirin
Updated Stroke Definition Reflects New Knowledge, Advances
In Our Journals
Antibiotics May Relieve Back Pain in Certain Cases
AACN Members, Friends Inducted as AANP Fellows
Empowered ED Case Managers
New CCN Resource Expands Reader Access to Nursing Care Studies
Contribute to the Evidence: Apply for an AACN Research Grant by Nov. 1
Nurse Leaders, Aspiring Nurse Leaders: Get Ready for Las Vegas, Sept. 18-20
AACN Scholarships Support Your Learning Journey
What Is Your Wake? (From the President)
Bold Voices - August 2013