LVHN TNICU Nurses Release Second Children’s Book

BookAngela Strausser, RN (left), and Eileen Wasson, RN (right), are both full-time trauma-neuro intensive care unit nurses. They’re also full-time moms of young children. Their lifelong passion for nursing inspires them to introduce the profession to children at a young age. It’s why they recently completed their second children’s book, “Mommies and Daddies Work in Hospitals.” Read More »

Are You an Experienced RN Looking For a Rewarding Career? Learn about Job Opportunities at ‘Walk In Wednesdays’ in June and July

AliciaAre you a registered nurse with one or more years of experience in an acute-care setting? Are you looking for a rewarding and fulfilling career challenge? Do you want to work inside a Magnet® recognized nursing environment?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then Wednesdays in June and July are the perfect time for you to check out career options at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). Starting on June 10 and continuing through the end of July, LVHN will host Walk-In Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LVHN–Mack Boulevard in South Allentown. Read More »

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Nightingale Award Recognizes Exceptional Nurse

Jayne Febbraro, MSN, RN, CRNP, an educational specialist in Lehigh Valley Health Network’s division of education, has been honored with a Nightingale Award of Pennsylvania. She was announced as the winner in the nurse educator–staff category during the Nightingale Awards Gala at the end of October.

The awards recognize and honor exceptional nurses who practice in the state of Pennsylvania. The awards program has been in existence for 22 years, and the health network has had 17 nurses who have received Nightingale Awards during that time.

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Honored with Endowed Chair Appointments

Endowed chairs are common in higher education but rare at community teaching hospitals. Lehigh Valley Health Network currently has 13 endowed chairs and recently announced new holders for three of them: Michael Pasquale, MD, in surgery; Ann Panik, RN, senior vice president for patient care services, in nursing; and Alex Rosenau, DO, in emergency medicine. “Our endowed chairs allow us to enhance patient care through education and clinical research, thereby creating a healthier community,” said Ronald Swinfard, MD, the health network’s president and chief executive officer. Some of the services the new chair holders hope to fund through their appointments include the development of mobile health care apps to give doctors key health information about patients on their cell phones; boosting the number of registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees; and adding a pediatric emergency medicine simulator to further the education of caregivers in the area’s only Children’s ER at Lehigh Valley Hospital—Cedar Crest.  The chairs are made possible through the generosity of donors including the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, the Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital and community members.

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Lehigh Valley Health Network Provides Caring, Compassionate, Culturally-appropriate Care

Carole Handley, RN, of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s neuroscience intensive care unit (NSICU), doesn’t know for sure if her patient made it back to his family and community in Kentucky before he passed away. But in her heart, she believes he made it. Initially, her patient traveled from Kentucky to Pennsylvania to receive care in one of the nation’s only facilities that provides behavioral health care to members of the plain community. Knowing our reputation for providing culturally-appropriate care, the patient’s family brought him here. That’s where caregivers realized he wasn’t suffering from depression, but from a terminal neurological disease. “I had to be sensitive to their wishes,” Handley says. “When they asked if they could bring him back to Kentucky, I didn’t think about saying no. I knew how important it was to them. I only asked myself how we can get this done.”  When his family and friends arrived to pick him up in a van, Handley and her colleagues positioned him so he could be transported safely. “I think they made it,” says Handley. “I have to believe they made it.”