National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6 to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. We celebrate all nurses at Open MRI!

So, this week, we wanted to highlight a day in the life of a registered nurse to show everything they do! Thanks to Yahoo! Education, we could follow a day with 55-year-old Annette Staack, cardiac liaison and cardiac procedure nurse.

  • 6:45am: Check outpatient bookings so she’s prepared for the day.
  • 7:00am: Check inpatient tests schedule so she can alert the doctors involved.
  • 7:45am: Fax premed orders, set up equipment, call to remind patients of appointments.
  • 8:15am: Run an EKG dobutamine stress echo test on a patient.
  • 8:45am: Call for Armenian translator for a patient. Check vitals.
  • 9:00am: Obtain sedation IV medicines and wait for doctor.
  • 9:15am: Look at the patient’s heart with doctor, use images taken during a five-to-seven minute period.
  • 9:45am: Check patient’s vitals as they wake up and create digital and written report.
  • 10:15am: Check in on a coronary bypass surgery and deliver updates to the family.
  • 10:45am: Head to office for some yogurt but gets called in for an EKG.
  • 11:15am: Gets called for urgent electrocardioversion while on the way to another patient.
  • 11:45am: Greet and begin procedure with EKG patient.
  • 12:30pm: Doctor arrives.
  • 12:45pm: Returns patient to outpatient unit and offer report.
  • 1:15pm: Check in on surgery patient again and update the family.
  • 1:45pm: Start to have lunch but gets interrupted by another EKG. Complete three back-to-back-to-back Lexiscan stress heart tests.
  • 2:30pm: Finish cold lunch.
  • 3:00pm: Prepare a patient for a coronary bypass surgery the next day with Spanish translator.
  • 4:00pm: Check for emails.
  • 4:15pm: Check on heart surgery patient in the ICU recovery and record 14 pages of data.
  • 4:45pm: Final check of work emails.
  • 5:00pm: Check tomorrow’s schedule.
  • 5:15pm: “I am out of here. Tired but fulfilled!”

Say thank you to a nurse in your life. You can read Annette's full article here.