Published on: 12/02/2014
MCH nurses Sandra Wehking and Danielle Hoffman with students in the MCH OR training room.
Day in the Life of a Nurse™ has been coordinated for fifteen years by the Nursing Consortium of South Florida, a non-profit membership association supported by most of the regions hospitals and nursing schools among others.
“Miami Children's Hospital has been involved with the day in the life of a nurse program since its inception fifteen years ago and remains highly supportive of this initiative. Our staff enjoys sharing their passion for nursing with prospective nurses of tomorrow. It is our hope that the experiences they received will inspire them to choose a career as a nursing professional” said Jackie Gonzalez, DNP, ARNP, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Miami Children’s Hospital.
The November 7 event enabled students to take part in various activities at MCH including nurse-led tours of the hospital’s critical care, inpatient and surgical units as well as meet including educators, researchers and administrators. The students even had the opportunity to explore surgery skills in the hospital’s OR training room.
Sandra Wehking, RN and clinical coordinator in the operating room at MCH, has been a part of the Day in the Life of a Nurse™ at MCH for years. “It gives them an introduction to the many areas that nursing entails and allows them to learn the scope of the job, duties to be performed and get excited about the profession,” she said.
The nursing program at Miami Children’s Hospital has received Magnet designation status, the highest and most regarded honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice, for three consecutive terms. MCH was the first pediatric hospital in Florida and fifth pediatric hospital in the nation to receive the ANCC’s Magnet designation.
About Miami Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014-15 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.mch.com
About the Nursing Consortium of South Florida
The Nursing Consortium of South Florida, founded in 1997, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation whose strength lies in being the nexus for collaboration by the nurse leaders of its member organizations; South Florida's leading hospitals, nursing schools, staffing agencies, and foundations. The Consortium’s mission is to identify and address factors causing a nursing shortage in South Florida. It unites nursing practice and education from across the region to address the area’s need for culturally and technically competent nurses, by cultivating interest in nursing careers, by advocating for the interests of the profession, and by improving the public's understanding of nursing concerns and the perception of the nursing profession. For more information on the Nursing Consortium of South Florida please go to www.nursingconsortium.us or contact Ralph Egües, Executive Director, at email@example.com or 305-669-9644.