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.

 

                                  


 

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Nurses describe mental toll of caring for COVID-19 patients

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BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (WLBT) - Staff members in Mississippi hospitals are drained. COVID-19 has changed what their day-to-day looks and feels like.

Even with nearly a year of caring for COVID patients, it’s still tough for King’s Daughter’s Medical Center registered nurse Colby Kent to find the words to describe its impact on him.

“I haven’t seen as much loss of life in my six years here until this past year, mainly because of COVID,” said registered nurse Colby Kent. “And it’s been very difficult to watch. I’m still trying to figure out how to navigate and cope with those emotions.”

Brookhaven is a tight-knit community, further complicating the dynamics for nurses like Colby Kent.

“You walk in and it’s somebody you’ve known all your life and it’s somebody that’s never been sick and just trying to help them deal with it,” he explained.

KDMC ICU nurse Anna Lawrence says they are pouring everything physically and mentally into the patients who are often in their care for weeks at a time.

“I’ve lost several patients along the course of my career,” described Lawrence. “And to know that I’m their nurse and I’m that person at the bedside with them as they’re passing or the one with them through this critical time....that’s the hard part.”

She describes their role as a bridge between being everything they need from health care to a surrogate family member.

“We’ve done FaceTime,” she said about working in the ICU. “For the patients that can’t, they don’t have the capabilities to FaceTime, they’ll ask us, ‘Will you please tell my loved one this?’ And so we take down notes and we go to the bedside and we get down in the patient’s ear. And we’ll say Mr. so and so your wife called and this is what she wants you to know. Or we’ll hold a phone up for those that just need to talk to the patient in their ear. There’s obviously not a lot of communication back but just for them to be able to see their loved one.”

Both of those nurses say exercise has been one of their escapes as they continue to try and figure out how to cope with the stress of COVID care.

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