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The 2019 Magnet Nurses of the Year Will Make You Proud to Be a Nurse

The 2019 recipients of the Magnet Nurse of the Year Award serve different patient populations, work in different parts of the country and have different certifications and experiences, but they all achieved recognition for the same reason: They wanted to do better for their patients.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center honored these five women during Friday’s general session at the annual National Magnet Conference. When presented with their awards, they shared a little about their clinical work and what motivates them.

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Their stories are definitely impressive, possibly intimidating and hopefully inspiring.

Stephani Stancil, APRN, PhD

Her Impact

Dr. Stancil started her career as a nurse practitioner but recently transitioned into more of a scientist role after earning her PhD in pharmacology. At Children’s Mercy Kansas City, she works with vulnerable, adolescent patients, which inspired her to lead a pharmaco-genomic testing program in adolescent medicine. She’s currently participating one of only three, NIH-funded clinical pediatric pharmacology post-doctoral fellowships in the U.S.

Words of Wisdom

“Rarely is medication alone enough. Patients benefit from a personalized, holistic treatment. Many of my patients are disadvantaged teens and young adults. Their lives have often been impacted by physical or sexual abuse, homelessness, strained family relationships, and violence. They deserve better than the common trial-and-error approach to prescribing medication.”

Carol Schober-Flores, RN, BSN, CWS

Her Impact

A clinical nurse specialist, Schober-Flores has been a pioneer of improving care for children with Epidermolysis Bullosa. She developed standards of practice for wound-healing outcomes for these so-called “butterfly children,” which have been disseminated internationally and branded her employer, Children’s Hospital Colorado, one of the best facilities for EB treatment. After all this, she’s still fighting for better products and treatment methodologies for these patients.

Words of Wisdom

“My first experience with this disorder was when I witnessed a dressing change on an EB patient. The little girl I met was bandaged head-to-toe. These dressings, despite being non-adherent, stuck horribly to her skin, and as the bandages were removed, so were her skin. The pain and agony this little girl endured is a moment I will never forget.”

 Kristen Boettcher, RN

Her Impact

Boettcher’s efforts to improve ICU care for marginalized patients going through alcohol withdrawal are taking hold throughout the entire UCHealth system. Her project started in Poudre Valley as a gut feeling that patients going through alcohol withdrawal were over sedated. She verified her instinct with a detailed chart review and set out to systematize the process of treating alcohol withdrawal. The strategy she since established has dropped intubation rates in this population from 19 to 8 percent, mortality rates by 40 percent, and lowered costs by $1,500 per ICU patient.

Words of Wisdom

“This project is deeply meaning full to me. It started as a desire to provide compassionate care to patients suffering from alcohol withdrawal, to give them back their dignity.”

Melissa Fadipe, FNPC

Her Impact

As an NP at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, in Houston, Texas, Fadipe spends her days improving care for vets living with epilepsy. She’s working to standardize care at all VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence nationwide and collaborated with specialists at the Epilepsy Foundation Texas on the “You are not Alone Initiative.” Since she began her work, the self-management of enrolled vets with epilepsy has gone from 60 to 96 percent.

Words of Wisdom

“I choose nursing because I’m here to make a difference to my patients and community. I choose nursing to evolve as a leader .. and to be an advocate for our nation’s heroes.”

Christa Bedford-Mu, MSN, RN, CNS-BC 

Her Impact

Recognizing the terror that parents of newborns with complex medical needs face (along with their pediatricians), Bedford-Mu led a program at UC Davis Children’s Hospital‘s NICU that offers specialized care through telemedicine for these families and their providers. It started as a service for individuals but has since expanded to other facilities lacking specialized care so their patients don’t have to travel to receive it. At UC Davis, the program has resulted in earlier discharge, reduced readmission and increased parental and provider satisfaction.

Words of Wisdom

“Nursing is about sharing those real human moments with patients, families or colleagues, knowing that you can make a real difference. There’s a saying I love: The meaning of life is to find your gift, the work of life is to develop it, and the purpose of life is to give it away. This speaks powerfully to what nursing means to me.”

Congrats, everyone!

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