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.
By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC
With legislative sessions currently taking place in many states around the U.S., bills related to nurse practitioners and their nursing scope of practice have been in the news.
In January, the Veterans Administration granted full practice autonomy to certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and certified clinical nurse specialists, but held back when it came to certified nurse anesthetists. This historic move by the VA is certainly providing fire power to NPs and their advocates around the country.
Not only does such legislation save money for nurse practitioners who no longer need to pay fees for physician supervision; states also save money by decreasing regulations that require ongoing tracking and enforcement.
Many nurse practitioners must pay significant consulting fees in order to receive mandated supervision from physicians; increased autonomy and prescriptive authority for NPs means more money in their pockets and the resulting ability to expand their practices and treat more patients.