South Florida Hospital News
Monday January 20, 2020

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May 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 11




For Anahy Guerra, being an ICU Nurse at North Shore Medical Center is more than just a career. She was recently recognized for striving to make a difference one patient at a time as the first Daisy Award winner for North Shore Medical Center. A family had commented that Anahy went out of her way to serve in a friendly, positive manner with a warm smile.

Laura Mendiola dreamed of becoming a nurse and working in healthcare since she was a child. She is a nurse manager at Palmetto General Hospital. She manages staffing, rounding and the entire patient experience. She is fulfilled when she sees the patients feeling better and leaving the hospital. 

Dolores Rommel came to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center on a six week travel assignment in 1983 from the hospital she was working at previously. Near the end of the assignment, she was offered a job and decided to stay. She’s been with the hospital ever since.

Delray Medical Center is the only hospital RN Tracey Cursons, has ever known. She was hired by the hospital 19 years ago, and now serves as a nurse practitioner. Believe it or not, Tracey’s initials are TLC, so it was almost pre-ordained that she was meant to be a nurse from the day her parents named her. 

Kelly Giordano has been giving care to the tiniest of patients at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Kelly is a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Kelly says the reason she became a nurse was so she could make a difference and touch the lives of all the babies and their families that she treats.

Alvaro Garcia started working at Florida Medical Center as a transporter ten years ago. He quickly realized that he wanted to become a nurse to help people. Alvaro is now a monitor tech. He always gives of himself to his peers, and most of all, to the patients he serves.

Susan Ann Hinkson has been a nurse with Tenet since 2001. Susan started off as a labor and delivery nurse at Palmetto General Hospital, and then became the hospital educator. 

South Florida is blooming with opportunities for nurses! This region boasts Florida International University, a top ranked Carnegie research classified university. Situated in gorgeous Miami, FIU is one of the largest universities in the country.

As with physicians, nurses can be held liable for medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death. A broad overview of medical malpractice can be summarized by 5 “D”s:

Effective communication between nurses and their patients is critical for positive health outcomes. It is a challenge particularly evident in South Florida, an area defined by a variety of languages and multi-cultural communities. It is also one of the reasons why healthcare providers specifically recruit and hire nurses who are fluent in more than one language.

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