Leann Fenton: The Hero Of Nursing As A Hero

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Christina Feist-Heilmeier R.N. once said,“Every nurse is drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, to help.” Nursing is an extremely noble profession, but most nurses rarely go to the extent of calling themselves a hero. LeAnn Fenton, MSN RN is one of these people. She is the Acute Care Director at Regional Medical Center and has been a nurse for nine-teen years. She has also been recognized by her peers in 2011 as one of Iowa’s 100 Great Nurses (Regional Medical Center). LeAnn is someone who embodies a hero in her everyday life.
LeAnn’s nursing career began by obtaining her bachelor's degree in nursing at Loras College. Her first position was at Guttenberg Hospital where she worked as staff nurse in Med/Surg and the Emergency
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One obstacle is maintaining patient confidentiality. According to The American Nurses Association, when family and friends of a patient inquire about the state of a patient, the nurse is put in a very delicate situation (Erickson and Millar). “We need prior permission to give out information to family members,” says Keila Monaghan, BSN RN. The rule that prevents access to patient information is called HIPAA. HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability. This rule is in place to keep patient confidentiality. HIPAA is very stable at keeping a patient’s information private, but the amount of privacy in place for the patients can often put mental strain on nurses. LeAnn says, “I can’t talk to my husband about situations I’m facing, because everything stays confidential. Everything that happens in the hospital stays in the hospital.” This is a very oppressive and publically unknown strain of many nurses. LeAnn has to take on a special kind of mindset to get through the tough times when close family cannot be there for her to lean on. LeAnn’s true dedication for nine-teen years in the mentally challenging profession of nursing truly makes her …show more content…
One specific population that has proved ever challenging for her are psychiatric patients. The care that is given to this specific patient population is fundamentally different than the normal care of a mentally stable patient. Research from Karen Parry, and Pauline Hill says, “The psychosocial assessment of a patient is extremely important part of nursing care, but often under-prioritized in preference to immediate physical care requirements” (“Applying Psychosocial Theories for Nursing Students”). This statement by Parry and Hill explains how the assessment of the mentally delicate patient is very important but not always prioritized in all acute care settings. LeAnn has gone through the struggles of learning how to care for these special patients to improve the quality of care the Regional Medical Center. Learning new ways to care for these patients does not come completely naturally to her but she has worked hard to

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