"When you're critically ill, it's like being in a hurricane," says Julie Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP, CCNS, an expert in critical care nursing and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. "There's wind, rain, water, darkness. It's the nurse who takes your hand and stands with you in the eye of the hurricane." Johns Hopkins Nursing Fall/Winter 2008 takes a look at the critical care nurses who respond to at-risk patients and stand with them through the worst of times.
A Critical Profession
Critical care nurses must possess a thorough understanding of physiology and pharmacology, be confident using a vast array of medical equipment, yet demonstrate equanimity and compassion in a hectic environment. From the transport helicopter to the ICU, these seven Hopkins Nurses give hope and compassion to their critically ill patients.
Second Opinion: What is the top concern in today's field of critical care nursing?
According to this Johns Hopkins Nursing poll, readers found minimizing errors (46.3%) and hospital staffing (36.6%) to be the top challenges facing critical care nurses. Other responses included standards of practice (9.8%), diagnostic analysis issues (4.9%), and hospital funding (2.4%). http://web.jhu.edu/jhnmagazine/fall2008/departments/second_opinion.html
Nursing, A Recession-Proof Career
In her regularly appearing column, "Hill's Side," Hopkins School of Nursing Dean Martha N. Hill challenges professionals in a variety of fieldsglobal finance, grassroots activism, crisis management, and moreto transfer their skills to nursing, a profession that is "more than just a way to ride out an economic slump, it's the path to their next success." Hill adds that for those making a first career choice, a nursing education ensures "an equitable return on investment."
My Profession: The Graphic Novel
In the second installment of this three-part graphic novel series, Marlon Caballero '08 passes his national licensure exam with flying colors. A new set of challenges and opportunities await Marlon as he begins working with a nurse preceptor in the Johns Hopkins Hospital neuroscience unit.
The "Heart and Seoul" of Nursing Research
Spending a summer at Yonsei University helps shape a future career for accelerated student Olivia Robbie, accelerated '09. "I feel as if I have a wider view of the field of nursing and the roles that I might play within it," says Robbie, who conducted research with Korean faculty members through the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program. "My eyes have been opened."