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Knowing the Signs

By Marny Fern
Director, Patient Care Services
Doctors Medical Center, Modesto
Alumna of CSU Stanislaus (BSN and MSN)

Marny Fern (right) helped create a simple checklist to more quickly recognize sepsis

Marny Fern (right) helped create a simple checklist to more quickly recognize sepsis

As with many people who go into health professions, my inspiration to become a nurse came from witnessing the care that others provided a loved one. I saw good things and bad things in my grandmother’s care when she was hospitalized. I learned by watching the nurses and putting those early lessons into practice as a portion of my grandmother’s home care became my responsibility.

Years later, a 42-year-old woman came into the emergency room during my shift as a staff nurse. Her vague and obscure symptoms were not immediately identified as sepsis – a serious condition resulting from the body’s immune response to a bloodstream infection. This patient is among the condition’s casualties. More …

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The Conversation

By Sharon A. Castellanos
Perinatal Nurse Practitioner
San José State Alumna
Incoming Doctor of Nursing Practice Student

Brandon

Sharon's son Brandon

The conversation about my son’s car accident, in 2006 when he was only 18, often leads to this question: Did my work as a nurse help me cope with the loss?  As a parent, when you hear the words “I’m sorry” nothing in your background matters.  That loss is devastating and you are no longer a nurse — you are entirely a grieving mother.  What helped in coming to terms with Brandon’s death was not a career in healthcare or even a life dedicated to patients and families.  I found my solace in the conversation my son and I had about organ and tissue donation.  It was his last wish that I was able to honor, and his generosity gave the gift of life and quality of life for others. More …

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A Community at Work

By Karen Jensen
Chair, Department of Nursing
CSU Channel Islands

Students practice critical thinking skills in real time simulations

Students practice critical thinking skills in real time simulations

Communities often have unmet needs, despite the abundance of those with the resources and talents to meet those needs.  Sometimes the right connections require the catalyst of a university.

Having started two nursing programs through CSU Channel Islands, I have seen the community unlock its own potential.  Students with the right stuff – a mix of compassion, intelligence and drive – are provided with advanced learning tools and opportunities through partnership with hospitals desperate for their talent. More …

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Following in Her Footsteps

By Terea Giannetta
Nurse Practitioner
Faculty at Fresno State
Alumna of Sacramento State and Fresno State

My aunt was a traveling nurse when I was a child.  She often visited my parent’s home sharing stories about different places and opportunities.  She would talk about the various aspects of nursing and about caring for people.

I followed in my aunt’s footsteps with a desire to explore.  I wanted to learn the profession, but also seek out different places and perspectives.  In 1976, I received my bachelor’s degree in nursing from Sacramento State – a relatively urban environment with great hospitals.  I then completed my Master’s in Nursing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Fresno State, among the first graduates from this new program.  Fresno offered an entirely different experience, with a county hospital that sent me into rural areas with often-limited resources and issues with access to care. More …

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The Dream of Being a Nurse

By Monica Tenhunen, DNP
Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Full-time Lecturer at CSU Long Beach
Alumna of San Diego State

Monica Tenhunen visiting a church in Krakow, Poland, as she indulges her other passion – travel

Monica Tenhunen visiting a church in Krakow, Poland, as she indulges her other passion – travel

Children have many dream careers.  For me, the dream was always to be a nurse. There was something powerful in caring for people – a type of joy that comes from touching the lives of patients and their families in a time of need. 

Now well into a career as a nurse practitioner I understand the less appealing sides of the job: long-hours, the loss of patients, mental stress and physical strain.  Yet, the most challenging situations often bring the greatest reward.

I once cared for an older adult who was dying of cancer.  Her bravery approaching the end of her life was remarkable.  Her grown children, however, were struggling with the prospect of losing their mother.  They became absorbed in their own fears and emotional turmoil and were not able to provide their mother with the support she needed.  As a nurse practitioner, I was able to pull her children aside and work through the end of life issues with them.  With a little more information and support, the family was able to pull together during this terrible time and provide comfort to a dying woman. More …

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A Profile in Nursing

By Raymond “Austin” Nation,
Nursing Master’s Student at CSU Fullerton
2010 Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Scholar

Raymond "Austin" Nation, demonstrates hospital procedures with one of his peers. Nation is a Hearst/ CSU Trustees' scholarship recipient. In order to receive this award, a student must demonstrate academic excellence, community service, and perseverance over hardships.

Raymond "Austin" Nation, demonstrates hospital procedures with one of his peers. Nation is a Hearst/ CSU Trustees' scholarship recipient. In order to receive this award, a student must demonstrate academic excellence, community service, and perseverance over hardships.

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