In general, the more detailed your responses, the better.
Your Name, Degrees Licenses (Nursing and non-nursing degrees/licenses are fine to list):
Maureen Sullivan RN, BSN, CEN, CDE
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Registered Nurse x 30 years, with a focus on ER/Trauma. I have worked in a variety of roles, including ER Manager, Stroke Program Manager, Trauma Coordinator, and Director of Education. I just published my first book (!) on my nursing career (“Never Again”). It is a compilation of stories of patients I’ve cared for during my career. All true stories!
What Attracted You To The Field of Nursing?
My parents told me I had decided by age 6 that I wanted to be a nurse. I love helping people, and seeing the amazing effects that a caring and compassionate nurse can make in a person’s life.
What is your experience and background in Nursing? .
My nursing career has been mostly focused on ER and Trauma. I have also worked as a Legal Consultant for lawyers. A few years ago, I shifted focus on the diabetic population, especially within the Emergency Department, and eventually obtained my CDE.
About 5 years ago, I started doing stand-up comedy, in my nursing uniform! It was well received and I now do professional/corporate stand-up comedy. This new career move has allowed me to give keynote addresses, national conference presentations, and a variety of medical fundraisers.
In 2012, I began hosting a weekly internet based health and humor radio show.
Would you recommend Nursing as a career?
I highly recommend nursing as a career. I personal can’t think of any other “career” that interests me as much as nursing. Having my nursing license has given autonomy, independence, unlimited job opportunities, and a lifetime of memories.
How many times have you changed employers in your career?
I have changed employers numerous times in my career. I believe that nursing, with its unlimited opportunities, offers a variety of career choices. Nurses, in my opinion, should never feel locked into a career path that no longer interest them. Nursing offers job security, and the ability to network, travel, and explore so many different areas.
Your most pressing concerns with the profession and healthcare:
My biggest fear is that nursing will not continue to attract “the next generation”. Reports say that the current generation is seeking jobs with more autonomy, flexibility, and better pay. Nursing requires dedication, and often involves odd shifts, heavy workloads, and less than optimal pay scales. I hope and pray the profession realizes the future is now, and continues to address the issues and work on them in the interest of future healthcare.
Continuing Education Courses Authored by Maureen:
Diabetes: An Introduction, Maureen Sullivan RN, BSN, CEN, CDE, Pedagogy Medical:"An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health care professionals, and other interested individuals.
Diabetes (also known as Diabetes Mellitus) is a chronic disease state, in which the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or the body does not effectively utilize the insulin being produced. The result of such events is that an increased amount of glucose remains in the bloodstream. This is known as hyperglycemia. Uncontrolled hyperglycemia can lead to numerous medical conditions, and, in extreme cases, can be life-threatening. Prompt, early treatment is the best way to control the disease process and reduce the occurrence of associated complications.
According to the National Diabetes Fact Sheet (available through the American Diabetes Association), as of January 2011, there were 25.8 million children and adults in the United States with diabetes. Of that number, 18.8 million people were diagnosed, with an estimated 7.0 million people undiagnosed (yet diagnosed) with the chronic disease. Additionally, approximately, 79 million people were thought to be pre-diabetic." Tyler,
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Phone number: 903-504-8712
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/1041497 http://www.pedagogy-inc.com/Home/Classes/General/Diabetes-Intro.aspx
Stroke Management: Advanced, Maureen Sullivan RN, BSN, CEN, CDE, Pedagogy Medical:"An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health care professionals, and other interested individuals.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Few conditions can occur as rapidly and with as devastating consequences as stroke. Data from the American Stroke Association (ASA) indicate that over 700,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year. Immediate emergency treatment is critical to surviving a stroke with the least amount of damage to the brain and the ability to function. Every stroke or transient ischemic attack must be treated as a life-threatening emergency. Thus, it is important that all healthcare providers be educated on the early identification of stroke symptoms, emergency care options, and prevention of recurrent stroke.
This course, Advanced Stroke Management, will discuss the anatomy and physiology of a stroke. It will outline the cerebral artery anatomy and identify stroke symptoms as they relate to the various artery involvements. Radiological testing, laboratory values, medications, and nursing interventions will be addressed, as they pertain to the treatment of the acute stroke patient." Tyler,
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Phone number: 903-504-8712
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/1041497 http://www.pedagogy-inc.com/Home/Classes/General/Advanced-Stroke-Management.aspx
See also: Maureen's Profile on Med-Ed Seminars:"
Maureen comes to MED-ED with over 25 years in emergency nursing. Previous nursing positions have included ER Nurse Manager, Trauma Coordinator, Stroke Program Manager and Director of Staff Education. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and is nationally certified as both a Certified Emergency Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator.
Maureen has had articles published in Nursing Spectrum, Nurse Advance, and The Journal of Emergency Care, Rescue, and Transportation. Additionally, she published her first book on her nursing career in 2012. Maureen also co-hosts a weekly internet radio show on health and humor." http://www.mededseminars.net/ourspeakers.php?id=439
Maureen's Profile on Pedagogy Medical:"Approximately 5 years ago, she began doing stand-up comedy and now performs for many corporate events, fundraisers, and health conferences. Her unique background enables her to deliver both entertainment and education from the stage.
In 2011, Maureen became a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and began facilitating several diabetic support groups and giving diabetic community lectures.
In January 2012, Maureen and her spouse began a weekly internet based health radio show, The Health and Humor Hour (www.HealthInfoRadio.com)." http://www.pedagogy-inc.com/Home/Authors/Maureen-Sullivan-Tevault.aspx
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