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What Attracted You To The Field of Nursing?
Work At Home Opportunities
Your Business Name (if applicable): CrashCards, Inc.
Please describe your business and specialty: CrashCards Pediatric Resuscitation, sells a NEW advanced pediatric life support tool that combines the usefulness of clear, easy-to-use precalculated tables in the form of a ready pocket-sized tool with the information taught in pediatric life support courses. CrashCards is a "new concept" in pediatric emergency ready information. It's clear, compact and useful. Check us out!
Street Address: CrashCards, Inc. 4112 S. M-129
City: Sault Ste. Marie
State/Province: MI 49783 USA (and country if not USA):
Homepage Address: http://www.CrashCards.com
Type of business categories would you would like to be listed (Please state as many as are applicable from both a clinical and entrepreneurial standpoint, there is no maximum): Nurse Entrepreneur Medical Products Medical Reference Medical Information Pediatric Nursing Pediatric Emergency Medical Information Nursing Resources Books Medicine Emergency Nursing Perioperative Nursing
Contact person(s): Patricia A. Hirt RN, CEN
Phone number: 1-906-632-4826
Fax number: 1-906-632-4826
In what date (month/year) did you start your business? 3/99
What is your experience and background in Nursing? (Medical/Surgical, ER, Psych, OR, etc.): 20+ years hospital based work: Pediatric, Med/Surg, Supervisory, and primarily ER.
How did you hear about the Nurse Entrepreneur Homesite?: I was surfing the web originally. Recently, was contacted by jocularity.com entrepreneur Andrew Lopez BS, RN.
How many years have you/did you practice as a nurse: 20+
Professional organizations you belong to (are they on the web?): ENA, yes
What made you decide to start your own business? We had a pediatric code in our ER. We found that the available Pediatric Tools on the market did not give us the information we wanted in a clear format. I originally designed the CrashCards Pediatric Resuscitation tool for my own pocket. After urging by area physicians and nurses, a board certified physician and I began "CrashCards, Inc."
How many times have you changed employers in your career? Once.
What specific qualities and traits do you feel make nurses especially qualified to operate a business? The vision and ability to identify a need and the time and effort necessary to pursue it are important qualities necessary to start a business. To operate a business takes incredible time and energy, the ability to be flexible and at the same time goal oriented. With the advent of the computer age, there is so much more available for the nurse with a vision. Nurses are professionals that are people oriented and consumers in their own right, making them excellent judges of what their peers want and need in a product. We have been there, we know what will work for our profession and we also know what we would buy or use in our own work settings. All of these traits make nurses excellent business entrepreneurs.
Do you currently practice as a nurse? If yes in what type of setting? Yes, I am an Emergency Department Nurse and have been certified as a CEN for many years. I have worked in the ER for over 20 years. I have also continued to keep other certificates current including BLS, TNCC, ACLS, PALS and other courses such as conscious sedation, arrhythmia, and EKG interpretation.
If you are a practicing nurse, do you feel short staffing is affecting your ability to provide safe patient care? I can see short-staffing becoming more and more of an issue. We have, in my unit at this time, an appropriate number of staff to patient count, however, where the issue is becoming a problem is assuring that the necessary experience is available on each shift. I believe as other options are opened to those in nursing related fields with better pay and less responsibility, it will shift those experienced nurses out of patient care and place them in fields with less stress and better hours. It is the heart of a nurse, however, that is the sticking factor. I believe that we, as nurses, are essentially giving providers and truly want the best for the patients that are in our care. Hopefully, that is a factor that will keep experience in the field where it is absolutely necessary. To obtain new and future experienced nurses, we need to make sure nursing is a profession where we not only have the respect and satisfaction of a job well done but have the salaries and benefits necessary to entice those in the process of choosing their careers to determine that nursing is indeed a career worth pursuing.
Your most pressing concerns with the profession and healthcare (Please note, a response to this question is mandatory for a free listing): Our nurses are being asked daily to take an increasing amount of time away from their patient care in order to provide the paper or computer work necessary for the ongoing legal requirements. This necessitates a day that is increasingly time oriented with less time being available to deal with the needs of the individual patients. The increasing crunch on time schedules leads to less time being allotted to working as a team member, creating a less cohesive work environment. This combined with decreasing reimbursements to hospitals leads to less nurses with more to do.
Retaining the experienced nurse and sharing this experience by providing the hands-on teaching that is neglected in our theory based schools. Making sure the nurses that are placed in positions of such responsibility have had the necessary and available clinical time to provide them with the experience to be able to make sound judgments.
Other areas of interest and expertise: Business, Website management, Product development, Local School Volunteer, Music, family, church
See also: Michigan Management Nursing Jobs, Michigan Nurse Entrepreneurs, Michigan Schools of Nursing, Michigan Staff Nursing Jobs
Please select from the following:CrashCards, Patricia Hirt, RN CEN:"CrashCards are a handy pocket-sized reference guide with critical information for pediatric resuscitation. They have proven themselves to be very helpful in managing pediatric codes or critical situations. CrashCards can be used on any ACLS ambulance, in any ED or hospital, whether large or small, whether you have pediatric codes or critical situations often or very infrequently, whether you use the Broselow tape/bag system or not. They provide clear information at your fingertips."
Telephone 906-632-4826 FAX 906-632-4826
Postal address 4112 S. M-129 Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 Electronic mail General Information: info@CrashCards.com http://www.nursefriendly.com/nursing/directory/michigan.nurses/patricia.hirt.rn.cen.advanced.pediatric.life.support.htm
Julia Walsh RN BA, Legal Nurse Consultant, Nursing Expert, Michigan Nurses, Medical-Surgical Nurses, Emergency Department Nurses, pediatric ICU, neuro ICU, Trauma, Cardiovascular Nurses, and surgical/medical Intensive Care Unit Nurses
Departments & Specialties represented: Ambulatory Geritaric Care Management Prostate Screening
Associations:Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives:"The Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives promotes proactive nursing leadership and providers professional development and support for its members. We achieve our objectives through a collaborative process while serving as a catalyst for shaping and influencing health care policy and delivery in Michigan."
Michigan Nurses Association: The Michigan Nurses Association, a constituent of the American Nurses Association, is the largest professional association and labor union for registered nurses in the state of Michigan. It provides educational opportunities and comprehensive services that advance the professional and economic interests of registered nurses.:"
Visiting Nurse Association
of Southeast Michigan:"The mission of the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan is to continue to be the responsible community leader in the provision of high quality, cost-effective home health care services. Our individualized, direct care and educational services are available to all persons in our service areas by the agency's human and fiscal resources. Our goal in providing these services is to maximize the health, independence, dignity and comfort of our patients and their families."
Health Centers and Medical Information
P.O. BOX 80050 LANSING, MI 48908
PHONE: 517.627.1561 FAX: 517-627-3016 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists:"It shall be the purpose of the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists to promote
safe anesthesia care through advancement of the art and science of anesthesiology
and to advocate CRNAs as high quality anesthesia providers."
Michigan League for Nursing:
Since 1952, The Michigan League for Nursing (MLN) has provided members
the resources they need for professional and personal growth. Today, MLN
is comprised of over 1,000 individual nurses, health care professionals,
and consumers and over 125 health care agencies.
Medical Opportunities in Michigan:
A service of the non-profit Michigan Health Council
MSGNA, Endoscopy - St Mary's Hospital
200 Jefferson SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Certifying Board of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates, Inc. 3525 Ellicott Mills Drive, Suite N Ellicott City, MD 21043-4547 Tel: 800-245-SGNA, 410-418-4808 Fax: 410-418-4805 E-Mail: email@example.com
Southeastern Michigan Chapter:
American Red Cross
Phone Number (248) 684-9349 FAX Number (248) 684-1628, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Visiting Nurses:"Michigan Visiting Nurses provides a broad range of high-quality, reasonably priced home care services to the community. Care may range from minimal assistance with personal care to highly technical and specialized nursing support. All services are customized to fulfill our patients unique and changing needs, and are available on a per-visit, shift or hourly basis. Care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Michigan Hospitals, Medical Centers:
Alpena General Hospital (AGH):"Alpena General Hospital (AGH) is a149-bed acute care facility with a health care team that includes 80 physicians, over 800 employees and approximately 250 volunteers. Federally-designated as a rural Regional Referral Center for all of Northeastern Michigan, AGH provides quality health services and technology to meet the changing health care needs of the residents of Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, Iosco, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties."
Battle Creek Health System:"Battle Creek Health System (BCHS) is a multi-campus health care provider serving about 200,000 people in south central Michigan. BCHS was formed through the merger of Battle Creek's two acute care hospitals, Leila Y. Post Montgomery Hospital and Community Hospital."
Botsford Health Care Continuum:"The Botsford Health Care Continuum actively works with other community leaders as a partner in the welfare of the greater community.
The Botsford Health Care Continuum provides access to complete health care throughout a person's life. The Continuum has been built upon the simple, enduring cornerstones of our corporate mission to offer quality medical care in a sensitive, concerned manner."
Bronson Methodist Hospital:"Bronson Healthcare Group is a community-owned, not-for-profit health care system, governed by a board of local citizens who serve voluntarily and without compensation. Our organization's guiding mission is to improve the health of those it serves in southwest Michigan, by providing valuable, comprehensive and accessible health care services. "
Mercy Hospital: Part of the Mercy Health Services North community healthcare
system, providing primary and some secondary care services throughout north
central lower Michigan.
in Rochester:"In August 1967, Crittenton Hospital in Rochester opened its doors for the first time. Built on the strong foundation of Crittenton Hospital in Detroit, the Rochester facility was the dream of a group of people dedicated to bringing quality health care services to their community."
Foote Health System
205 N. East Avenue Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 796-6400, FAX: (517) 789-5933
Holland Community Hospital:
Marquette General Hospital:"Marquette General Hospital a federally designated Regional Referral Center, is a vital part of Marquette General Health System, Upper Michigan's largest health care services provider. As a 352-bed specialty care hospital, Marquette General receives patients from throughout Upper Michigan, and provides care in 54 specialties and subspecialties. Our medical staff of more than 200 doctors work as a team with our 2,400 employees in caring for approximately 11,000 inpatients and more than 420,000 outpatients a year."
Memorial Healthcare Center:"Memorial Healthcare Center is a 147-bed facility with a medical-dental staff of over 130, and over 1,000 employees. We are a not-for-profit hospital governed by an independent Board of Directors. We are the ONLY hospital in Shiawassee County, serving a population of approximately 105,000."
Mercy General Health Partners:"The people of Mercy General Health Partners are pleased that you have found our website and we hope you find the information to be helpful. Our goal is to provide the best healthcare website anywhere.
Mercy General Health Partners' two-campus healthcare system is located in Muskegon, Michigan on the Eastern shore of Lake Michigan. We offer a comprehensive range of primary care and specialty services for the people that live in Muskegon and its surrounding communities."
Northern Michigan Hospital:"The employees of Nothern Michigan Regional Health System work in an environment of cutting edge resources. They live in an environment of spectacular beauty and great community amenities, overlooking Little Traverse Bay. Northern Michigan Hospital is a progressive 243-bed regional referral center providing services to more than 350,000 residents. Our cardiology services, the comprehensive Cancer Center and our recent designation as a "Top 100" Hospital for Stroke are just a few examples of the quality of care we provide throughout our system. Consider a position with Northern Michigan Hospital and be your very best at work and at home."
Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center, Michigan:"Oakwood will be a leader in providing comprehensive, convenient and excellent healthcare services to the people in our communities by continuously improving the quality, access, and value of our services."
St. Joseph's Mercy of Macomb:"St. Joe's medical staff, which remains the backbone of our mission, has grown to 490 members, offering care in 50 specialty areas. The community support for our services and physicians has resulted in some $10 million in donations in this decade. St. Joe's currently has more than 1,000 active volunteers who provide over 100,000 hours of service each year. In 1998 alone, the financial value of volunteer hours was more than $1.2 million. In the community, our parish and school networks have more than 750 volunteers who each give an average of 10.5 hours per week."
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital:"From its humble beginnings in a house with 17 beds to the 341-acre hospital campus in Superior Township, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital has remained true to the mission and values of its sponsors: to serve the health care needs of the community. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is a 545-bed academic teaching hospital and tertiary care center, which offers a "community hospital" setting and feeling. As a tertiary hospital, it provides specialized care that is typically not available at a community hospital. As a leading teaching hospital, its staff of physician and nurses have extensive training in a variety of specialty programs such as cardiology, oncology, surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room and trauma, women's health, and geriatrics."
Saint Mary's, Saginaw, Michigan:"Saint Mary's opened in 1874 to provide medical care to area lumberjacks, river men and sawmill employees and their families. Four Daughters of Charity came from Maryland to operate this facility, which had a 15-bed capacity. Saint Mary's is Saginaw's oldest hospital and Northern Michigan's first hospital."
Trinity Health:"We serve together in Trinity Health,
in the spirit of the Gospel,
to heal body, mind and spirit,
to improve the health of our communities
and to steward the resources entrusted to us"
University of Michigan Health System:"The U-M Health System proudly maintains a tradition of excellence in patient care, teaching and research. The Medical School graduates about 170 physicians annually and is consistently ranked as one of the top institutions in the nation. Research expenditures by Medical School scientists totaled $202 million in fiscal year 2000, a 14.5 percent increase over the previous year. In 2000, a record $176.7 million was awarded to the U-M from the National Institutes of Health. This research is applied in the three U-M Hospitals, among the most advanced health care facilities in the nation. In 2001, U.S. News & World Report magazine ranked the U-M Hospitals 7th in the nation, and among the tops in many specialties."
Libraries:Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library:"The Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library is the realization of Sigma Theta Tau International’s goal to offer nurses, in all roles around the globe, online access to reliable nursing information that can be easily utilized and shared. The ultimate goal is to make the library one of the most comprehensive resources for nursing information available. Through the library’s complimentary Registry of Nursing Research database, individuals have access to search study abstracts and conference abstracts. Primary investigators can be contacted for more information about how to obtain full-text versions of their study. The library is operating within an improved environment making it much easier to retrieve specific research information, and for researchers to post up-to-date research findings. The library features a streamlined submission form that will reduce posting research time, and includes contact information for principle investigators providing library users way to connect with other nurses with similar research interests."
Write to us at:
Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library
Attention: Library Manager
550 West North Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Call 1.317.634.8171 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Send us an email at LibraryManager@nursinglibrary.org
Michigan Nursing Homes:
Michigan Nursing Homes:"Special report: Bedrail dangers
At least five Michigan nursing home residents died last year in incidents involving the safety rails that were supposed to protect them from falling out of bed, according to records obtained by the Free Press. At least 14 other elderly residents were injured as they climbed over or became entangled in the rails."
State University's Kirkhof School of Nursing:"KSON's primary mission is to provide quality nursing education to a diverse population of students. KSON strives to improve the well being of people through leadership in clinical practice and research."
Department of Nursing
311 Marshall Building Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Michigan Community College:
A230 Life Sciences Building East Lansing, Michigan, 48824-1317 Phone: (517) 355-6523 or (800) 605-6424 Fax: (517) 353-9553 E-mail: email@example.com
Michigan Community College:
1401 Presque Isle Ave | Marquette, MI 49855 | 1-800-682-9797 Admissions questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Michigan
School of Nursing:
516 David M. French Hall
(810) 762-3420 Fax: (810) 766-6851 email@example.com
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This page was created on Wednesday, November 8, 2000
Last updated by Andrew Lopez, RN on May 23, 2015
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