3 South at UPMC Northwest

3 South at UPMC Northwest

UPMC Northwest
Seneca, Pennsylvania
United States
Jan Alison, MSN RN, Tara Bell, CNA, Marianne Billman, RN, Ladonna Coull, BSN RN, Lynette Garver, PCT Barb Graham, BSN RN, Tonya Langworthy, RN, Carol McVay, RN, Julie Olsen, RN, Samantha Sanborn, RN, Deborah Smith, RN, Kathy Weaver, RN, Deborah Barr, BSN RN, Rhonda Best, RN, Kristina Cherry, HUC, Nicholas Elslager, RN, Veronica Gharing, RN, Sarah Koleck, BSN RN, Michelle McFarland, CNA, Bobbie Myers, RN, Von Rhoads, RN, Jeanne Sass, RN Mike Tanneyhill, LPN, Darcee Winget, PCT

The 3 South staff cared for a young woman with a clinical status that was deteriorating.  The patient’s mental status was declining and she became increasingly hypertensive and tachycardic.  The primary nurse was at the patient’s bedside for several hours during the morning working one on one with the patient.  The primary nurse’s coworkers worked alongside her and assisted with caring for the other patients in her assignment, drawing labs, obtaining frequent vital signs, and administering medications.  The physician was frequently at the patient’s bedside and worked closely with the nursing staff to care for the patient; the physician then decided that the patient needed to be transferred to a higher level of care via helicopter.  The primary nurse was in contact with the patient’s husband who was unable to come to the hospital, as he was home caring for their children and working on their furnace that had stopped working during the night. When the primary nurse called the patient’s husband to notify him that the patient was being transferred he told her that he did not know if he was going to make it to Pittsburgh to see his wife due to financial difficulties.  After speaking with the patient’s husband, the primary nurse and HUC quickly took up a collection from the unit staff for the patient’s husband. When the physicians and PA’s were told about the collection, they immediately contributed and within a short amount of time $130 was collected for the patient’s family.  The patient’s husband was contacted and was able to stop and pick up the money on his way before traveling to Pittsburgh to be with his wife. This is just one example of how the team on 3 South comes together to provide the best care possible for our patients and families.

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