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A Charlotte nurse says she’s grateful she was there to acknowledge the signs that her mother was having a stroke. She’s now instructing others.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mary Stevenson knew she had a ardour for serving to others at a younger age. When she was in kindergarten she determined she needed to be a nurse.
“I knew that I needed to enter a discipline the place I helped folks,” Stevenson mentioned. “On the age of 14, I really began volunteering at my native hospital.”
A couple of years in the past, her job as a nurse and private life collided when she picked her mother up from dialysis.
“After I obtained there, she could not reply to me. Fortunately one of many sufferers on the dialysis middle was in a position to inform me the onset of her signs,” she mentioned.
Her mother was having a stroke.
Stevenson rapidly obtained her to the hospital, and he or she recovered. However then they pushed for brand new protocols to be put in place. Now the nurses and techs at that dialysis middle bear coaching to acknowledge the signs of a stroke.
“We needed to verify this did not occur to a different affected person. If I hadn’t picked up my mother, I am undecided one other individual would’ve acknowledged what was happening,” Stevenson mentioned.
Household is a pillar of her life; it is why protecting her sufferers away from theirs through the coronavirus pandemic is so troublesome. She’s at all times been compassionate, however turning into a mother made her take care of sufferers in another way.
“It made me understand, although a affected person could also be 50, his 80-year-old mom can fear about him so it’s made me see issues in another way,” she mentioned.
Stevenson is passing these expertise on to different nurses as a trainer, however she remains to be striving for extra as she works towards a grasp’s diploma.
Mary Stevenson has been a nurse for 15 years. She is the Director of ortho-spine and oncology at Piedmont Well being.
Now, greater than ever, nurses nationwide are additionally turning to the general public for help amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nurses, together with different well being staff, are on the entrance line, battling the lethal virus every day. Well being officers say you possibly can assist present help and appreciation for nurses and different well being professionals by slowing the unfold of COVID-19. That features staying house as a lot as you possibly can, protecting a protected distance, washing your arms usually, overlaying your cough, and different good hygiene habits.
WCNC Charlotte is recognizing nurses throughout the Carolinas on social with #WCNCNurses and we’re showcasing nurses in every of our newscasts throughout Nationwide Nurses Week.
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