AMC Stories – Celebrating Patients & Nurses
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We celebrate you, our patients and employees by sharing your stories about living healthier lives.
Part of the AMCH Family
“When asked what I like best about nursing, I say ‘it is not about liking, it is about being committed to doing.’ ”
How long have you been a nurse?
39 years, 27 telephonic, 15 at home and telephonic.
What inspired you to become a nurse?
My mother was a nurse but that was not why I became one. I originally went to college to be a chemical engineer but was “called to be a nurse” half way through. My nursing has always been for God, not for man. So when asked what I like best about nursing, I say “it is not about liking, it is about being committed to doing.” The good feelings occur along the way.
Please share a story about a situation:
There are so many. But I did have the fortunate happenstance to care for a patient in the hospital who had a rare form of cancer. Due to the fact she was from Saudi Arabia, she also had no bone marrow matches. I cared for her one-on-one for several months, helping her deal with the illness, praying and learning about her religion. When her death was near, she made sure her husband gave me a gift and her father-in-law wanted to meet “The Chris”.
I was taken into the room and due to the fact I was a female, his other female family members were taken out of the room. It was not allowed for him to recognize a woman as he was about to do for me. I wanted to give a gift to the family that was meaningful. I prayed while walking in the mall and I turned around and there it was. A tree of life. They had forgotten to bring one with them from Saudi and needed it to do a ritual. I did not know this but got it anyway and they were able to remove her bell from the tree of life when she passed and put it on a gold chain and give it to her young female child. I was invited to the funeral which was a great honor. She gave me so much. I truly loved her and her family. Her father-in-law sent me Christmas cards until the war broke out. He did so at great risk.
AMC Health/1Vision patient
“I transitioned from MDT to 1Vision because it was a better fit for my busy lifestyle.”
"I transitioned from MDT to 1Vision because it was a better fit for my busy lifestyle... using 1Visions pedometer I don’t have to manually enter my steps and they get counted all the way up until I cradle it at night for charging. This makes it one less thing I have to do.
Also because my equipment isn’t tethered my scale is in the bathroom and I get up and weigh first thing in the morning and I don’t have to manually enter my weight anymore."
AMC Health/1Vision patient
” I truly appreciate…”
"I truly appreciate the use of the technology and not having to have equipment that is tethered."
Let us celebrate your favorite nurse! They are the caregivers who are always caring for all of us.
Liisa Berger, RN
Part of the AMCH Family
“I can’t believe I’ve been a nurse for 35 years!”
"I can’t believe I’ve been a nurse for 35 years!
I decided at age 3 that I was going to be a nurse. I lived with my mom, grandparents, uncle, and aunt who was a nurse. I followed her around as she put her uniform on and got ready for work each day and just adored her. My desire to fulfill this dream never wavered and my mom made it happen by applying for grants and loans for me. I have always LOVED being a nurse and don't mind a bit the many, many friends & family members who have asked for my advice or thoughts about their medical concerns (and believe me – they ask about everything!) I’ve worked in many different areas of nursing and am always learning something new, which I love. I’ve been working with AMC for 6 years now and it just keeps getting better!
As for stories - there are so very many... as it relates AMC, I really love when a patient tells me they are so thankful for my call (as one did TODAY!) because it keeps them on their toes, or makes them feel safer to have someone "watching out for them." I feel like my interventions have helped patients avoid hospitalizations, be better prepared for MD appts., understanding their medical conditions better, and to be more interested in their health and how to manage it. I love when they want to "brag" to me about improvements they've made, praise from their doctors, or tell me how they feel better. It makes me feel good knowing they feel they have an ally and are not alone in their wellness journey."
“I love to empower others to take charge of their health by teaching the skills they need to do that.”
What inspired you to be a nurse?
Taking care of people
What do you love most about being a nurse?
Most days it is very rewarding. People are very thankful to have someone available to help them with their health. There is also a lot of opportunity to continue to learn about new illnesses, new testing that is out there, new medications being used, and so many other things. I love to empower others to take charge of their health by teaching the skills they need to do that. I love offering education and information about programs or opportunities in their area that may also help them.
How has AMC Health's RPM enabled you to make a positive difference in the lives and care experience of your patients and you?
You develop a good relationship with the members who are active with their AMC program. Once teaching them why you will be calling and what they should be looking for they wait for your call when something is wrong and become interactive with the program. Having the reading available to fax to the doctor helps with getting a quick response for change when it is needed.
I recently had a member who agreed to AMC. His blood pressure was very high and I was calling him daily. I reviewed his medications, giving him an exact schedule of when to take each one. I also faxed the readings to his cardiologist office who called the member and made an appointment. The member did not go to that appointment, but did follow the exact medication scheduled that we planned and now his readings are down. I will fax his cardiologist and make him aware of the changes he made and that this is a change in his blood pressure for the better. I provided this member education on controlling high blood pressure and still encourage him to go to the doctor - little gains in a short period of time. I will continue to work with him.
“My favorite part about nursing is teaching.”
What inspired you to be a nurse? I have been an RN for 22 years, mostly in the hospital setting. I have always enjoyed nursing. The bond you form with your patients, really listening and educating, has always been rewarding to me. I worked floor nursing for 19 years - inpatient trauma, labor and delivery, pediatrics, adult and family care. I had always wanted to work the second half of my career in care management. I worked with an excellent inpatient care manager who really enjoyed it. I wanted to speak with members/patients in their homes. What do you love most about being a nurse? My favorite part about nursing is teaching. I have been a care manager for three years with Geneia and I am enjoying keeping our members healthy and well-managed. How has AMC Health's RPM enabled you to make a positive difference in the lives and care experience of your patients and you? AMC has been a great addition to our disease management program. Members like that they can monitor in their homes. I have had several members in which a weight gain, blood pressure, or heart rate prompted a doctor contact, medication adjustment or office visit. I feel as though it also allows for stronger enrollment as well. Most members graduate from the disease management program when enrolled in remote patient monitoring. These members really appreciate the assistance to keep them healthy.
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