Nursing Stories

The Art of Nursing

Elyse F. Freilich, Ph.D, Clinical Director of the Comprehensive Pain Management Center shares her comments on the contribution nursing makes at the Center:

Kim Bumgarner, RN-C, BSN is the Patient Care Coordinator for the Comprehensive Pain Management Center at CVMC.  In her role as PCC, Kim is often the initial contact person for each of our patients.   For patients receiving epidural steroid injections, Kim and the treating Anesthesiologist provide individualized educational instructions.  For patients entering a comprehensive program, Kim provides introductory education explaining all of the program options and treatments.

Once a patient has expressed interest with the program, she reviews all of their medical information.  She makes contact with their referring physician, gathering medical and psychological information that will be needed for each team member to provide a thorough assessment and to establish a comprehensive treatment plan. 

Kim is responsible for communicating the treatment plan to the patient and to the interdisciplinary team. She is responsible for monitoring the patient’s progress and addressing any problems with providing services outlined in the patient’s treatment plan.  When a patient is ready for discharge from the service, she makes contact with a patient’s primary physician to ensure the continuum of care is in place. Kim also contacts the patient after discharge to encourage continued compliance with the recommended plan for continued care.

 Kim is considered a valuable asset to our comprehensive pain management team.


The Art of Nursing

by Vickie Marlowe, RN, BSN, CPAN
Post Anesthesia Care Unit

The art of nursing continues to be what patients remember best. It is the time one takes to mend what is unseen or unspoken. The art of nursing provides the individual care each patient receives.

One day in the Birthing Center PACU, I had a very anxious new mother. She had to have surgery and leave her 2 week old baby at home with her mother. The young mother was nervous and worried about the feeding schedule of her infant, as she was breast feeding. When she was more awake, we discussed many issues of her concerns. The medications she received during surgery, could they affect her baby? How long must she wait before she nurses her baby? Should she pump her breasts and dispose of her milk? She had excellent questions, but some I was unable to answer. So, I called the Lactation Consultant working on 2nd floor.

Ellen Minch, RN responded to my call and came to the recovery room. Ellen talked with the young mother and was able to reassure her about many of her questions. But the most important thing about the consultation from Ellen was the fact that the patient was receiving support, knowledge, and reassurance that made her more comfortable and less anxious.

Ellen and I were able to provide a time line for this patient. Ellen suggested she pump her breasts as soon as she could, with the coordination of pumping and discarding the first pumping. The patient would then be ready to nurse her infant when she got home. Not only was the patient given information, Ellen and I worked together to provide the best patient outcome we could!

A breast pump accompanied the patient to outpatient and Ellen helped set up the pumping device for the patient.

The art of nursing provides many aspects of care, but the most important is the art of working together with other departments. Ellen Minch provided care I could not and I provided the care the patient needed as she recovered after her anesthesia. Working together, the art of learning and teaching not only the patient but the nurse as well, the patient was very pleased with her care and responded how thorough we had been in her care. The art of nursing is the little things we do beyond the technology and machines; it’s giving from the heart.