My Interview With Staci Lowery

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In my interview with Staci Lowery, RN, BSN I discovered that an infectious disease nurse is a very unique role in nursing. Staci is a registered nurse with the baccalaureate degree in nursing. She is currently part of Infectious Disease Society of America. She currently does not hold any certifications but is aware that there is a certification available by the board of infection control for the infection disease prevention. She acts as the physician’s assistant during inpatient hospital rounds. Doing so allows the nurse the ability to develop a relationship with the patients served in acute inpatient setting. She believes that building this relationship helps that patient to trust her more and allows her to provide the patient with more education concerning their infectious process they are facing. She begins her day by coordinating rounds with the two infectious disease physicians as well as the one other infectious disease nurse. This includes prioritizing patients to be seen via the physicians. She and the physician she rounds with usually see around seventeen to twenty-eight patients per day. While assisting with MD rounds, she also answers phone calls and pages from nursing staff as well as other disciplines of the health care team. Although she does have some freedom to make decisions concerning a patient’s plan of care in her role, she receives her orders from the physician she is rounding with. She also rounds in the microbiology lab, in the mornings, to look at blood cultures and other various culture plates for bacterial growth. While in the lab she also addresses susceptibility profiles of patients that direct a patient’s treatment plan. She also plays an active role in multidisciplinary team plannin... ... middle of paper ... ...their treatment. While she assists in treating infectious diseases she also serves different populations in her community. She sees more homeless, intravenous drug abusers, and elderly with chronic health problems. She plays an active role in assisting her community’s needs by arranging outpatient care, coordinating transportation for patients to outpatient infusion centers, offering information and completing drug applications for patient assistance programs, and providing crucial infectious disease education. Preforming this interview enlightened me on how important an infectious disease nurse’s role is to not only a hospital, but to the surrounding community. The education and outpatient arrangements she performs carries out more than just the inpatient hospital setting. In her role, she impacts her surrounding community.

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