Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | March 12, 2019

Certification Allows Nurse to Help Team, Patients

For nearly 30 years, Angela McClendon, BSN, RN, CPAN, CNIV, has been caring for patients and her fellow nurses in the Post-Anethesia Care Unit (PACU) at Duke Raleigh Hospital.

She’s been certified in her specialty for 27 years and a certification coach for 26 years. She’s a compassionate caregiver and a motivating advocate for her fellow nurses pursuing their certifications.

“Getting certified in my specialty made me more knowledgeable and helps me provide the best care to my patients,” she said. “I’ve been able to help my colleagues gain that same confidence in the care we’re delivering together by being a certification coach.”

She arranges certification review courses, helps nurses find the right review books, and assists throughout the studying period to ensure everyone is prepared for their exam. Currently, more than half of the nurses in her unit have certifications.

“It’s important for me to be an advocate for others getting their certifications because it’s really an enlightening experience,” she said. “And, nurses now have the added perk of getting a certification or recertifications bonus, which wasn’t around when I first received my certification.”

For McClendon, certification is also an important part of being a Magnet-designated hospital.

“As a Magnet hospital, it’s important to live up to Magnet standards and encourage as many nurses as we can to get their certifications. I’m proud to support my team, and proud that Duke Nursing supports them, too.”

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | March 11, 2019

Duke Raleigh Services Expand to Holly Springs

This month marks the official opening of clinics and services run by Duke Raleigh Hospital at Duke Health Holly Springs, a new multi-disciplinary Duke location at 401 Irving Parkway in Holly Springs.

To the facility, which already provides urgent care and pediatric services, we added physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, and laboratory services. Radiology services are also planned in the future.

We are excited to offer these additional services, and to continue to see Duke Health’s presence expand in Wake County to provide high quality care close to home.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | March 8, 2019

KidsCan! Expands to Duke Raleigh Hospital

When Duke Raleigh Hospital President Dr. David Zaas was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia two years ago, he remembers his concern about how to tell his children about the diagnosis.

“Like many physicians, I thought I was invincible; I would never get sick,” said Zaas. “When I found out I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia, I remember being scared most about how I was going to tell my 11-year-old and my 13-year-old that dad has cancer.”

Dr. Zaas and his family found help through KidsCan!, a program that was established in 2007 at the Duke Cancer Center Durham to aid parents with cancer and their children.

“I cannot express enough the importance of caring for the whole patient, which includes their family, when working through treatment for a cancer diagnosis,” said Zaas. “This program was an instrumental part of recovery for my family during my own battle with leukemia.”

This month, the program will be offered at Duke Raleigh Hospital for the first time on March 21.

Designed for children ages 4-18 years of age, the two-hour program brings families together monthly over a meal. After the meal, children engage in small-group activities to better understand the disease and talk with other kids who have a family member with cancer while parents meet to discuss the impact of cancer on their families.

“KidsCan! is special because it brings families together during a difficult time so they can grow and thrive regardless of the challenges they are facing,” said Hannah Sasser, child life specialist for KidsCan! Raleigh. “Children and teens have an opportunity to express their feelings and know that they are not alone and that Duke Raleigh is a special community of caring people focused on creating a safe and warm environment for the families we support.”

The program is offered by the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program and funded in part by the Holt Brothers Foundation, which was established to provide education and support to families affected by cancer.

“I am proud to have our partners, the Holt Brothers Foundation, match the funds raised at Midtown Raleigh Alliance’s Pumpkin Palooza to support the important work of the Duke KidsCan! Program,” Zaas said. “A personal thanks to Torry, Terrence, and Mary-Ann Baldwin for supporting my family and our Duke Raleigh patients with this program!”













–By Erin McKenzie

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | March 1, 2019

Dining for a Cause: March Madness Happy Hour

Join us at the Carolina Ale House at 4512 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, from 4-7 p.m. on March 21 for a dining for a cause happy hour with the Holt Brothers Foundation. Fifteen percent of all attendees purchases will be donated to the Holt Brothers Foundation to support children that have a parent with cancer.

Enter our raffle to win autographed sports gear from your favorite Triangle-area collegiate teams.

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Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | February 14, 2019

Unbreakable Connection Keeps Deployed Colleague Close

April Wilson, BSN, RN, a nurse in the Duke Raleigh Hospital Operating Room has been serving with the United States Air Force on a deployment overseas for nearly a year. Although thousands of miles physically separate her from her colleagues, their strong support helps her feel close to the team.

“Being away from your coworkers can lead to anxiety when returning to work, with new team members, new procedures and practice changes,” said Patty McKenna, a surgical technologist IV with the OR. “We want April to know she’s one of us, and we can’t wait to have her here with us again.”

The team frequently sends gifts and letters to April and the rest of her air force unit.  They even adopted her family for the holidays, purchasing gifts for each family member.

“It’s important for us to let her know that we’re always thinking of her, and that she’s not alone on her journey,” said Tunisha Mosley-Galbreath, MSN, RN, CNOR, CNIII, the clinical team lead. “She’s a part of the team, and she has colleagues back home who are there for her no matter what.”

McKenna said there’s an unbreakable bond between the team and April, which she feels especially strongly as a veteran herself.

“April and her family, like so many others, are making a sacrifice for our country,” she said. “Our goal is to give her a feeling of belonging and support for that sacrifice. We have an unspoken, unbreakable bond between us.”

“I’m so thankful for everything my OR family has done for me,” Wilson said. “It’s a wonderful feeling knowing there are so many at Duke Raleigh making sure I’m cared for. I look forward to the day I return home, and to my work family.”

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