Rebecca Jung, RN, BSN was attending Texas Tech University with a major in Geology when she decided that nursing was her calling. She was managing a veterinary clinic at the time, and had fallen in love with the science and healing. Shortly thereafter, she moved home to north Texas and attended nursing school at Weatherford College.
After graduating with honors, Rebecca took her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing to Long Term Acute Care. Working with the critically ill patients of this population taught her not only the basics of nursing, but how compassion and strength are needed as well. Rebecca moved to Houston, Texas and received a job in the Texas Medical Center.
Still working in Long Term Acute Care, she specialized in Transplant nursing – heart and lung transplants mostly – and expanded her nursing experience exponentially. Utilizing her now expanded knowledge base, Rebecca applied for and received a promotion into Transplant Case Management.
During this time, she also attended school at University of Texas at Arlington and completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Having completed research courses as part of the curriculum, Rebecca fell in love with Research Nursing. She was recommended for the position of Program Coordinator for a research program her hospital was launching as a sub-cohort of a grant from CMS. Rebecca soon found herself managing a major research grant with a focus on Sepsis early detection and intervention. She initiated and created training for employees and physicians, and assisted with the development of a Sepsis protocol for her hospital system.
Being on the forefront of the new Sepsis awareness in healthcare, Rebecca has helped develop simulation scenarios for sepsis education, refined research protocols to better patient outcomes, as well as formulate a data analysis of lives saved through the program, as well as cost savings from early intervention of sepsis. Rebecca feels that in the time she has spent on the Sepsis grant, she has helped save more lives than she ever could as a bedside nurse. She is currently in the process of expanding the Sepsis program to the rest of her hospital system’s campuses in the Houston area. Looking forward to Graduate School, Rebecca hopes to receive her MS in Nursing Education and eventually teach nursing someday.
The Year of the Nurse and Midwife is to be extended into 2021 because of the pandemic, it has been announced.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had dedicated 2020, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, to celebrate the achievements nurses and midwives across the globe.
NHS England canceled the vast majority of planned celebratory events.
In a speech at WHO Europe on Monday Dr. Hans Kluge, Regional Director for Europe, recognised that for nurses and midwives that it has been a difficult year.
He continued; “I salute here the nurses and the midwives. It is your year. But you have been so busy that in the WHO European Region I decided to extend the year into 2021.”
“We will push back COVID-19 and I promise, we will celebrate you”.
Nursing leaders have said they are pleased with the news.
Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, pointed out that 2020 had been the year of the nurse and midwife “but not in the way we expected.”
“Let’s hope we have the opportunity to celebrate together the brilliant work of our nursing and midwifery professionals,” she added.
Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said she was “thrilled” at the news and said it was important “to pay thanks and respect to nursing and midwifery professions which have led from the front this year”.