Pocono Mountain Regional EMS October Newsletter

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SEPTEMBER 2022 OCTOBER 2022

PARAMEDIC Calista Nasser

On the Frontline

What's Inside

Responding to nearly 530 calls

As such it's with good reason,

last month alone and

we end the month of October

approaching 5,000 for the

with a focus on the frontlline

year, Pocono Mountain

not only for PMREMS, but area

Regional Emergency Medical

healthcare providers Lehigh

Services professionals prove

Valley Pocono and St. Luke's

to hold an important role in

University Health Network.

the well being of our region.

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PMR Employee Spotlight Paramedic View

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LVHN Frontline Honors Caregivers Candor

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ST LUKES Transforming Medicine

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PMR Around the Community Photos from the neighborhood

135 Tegawitha Road, Tobyhanna PA 18466


T H G I L T O SP er

E E Y O L P EM Nass a t s i l a C C I D PARAM E Where are you from

Kingston, Pennsylvania

What inspired you to

I was working in the tech industry when I decided to take an EMT class

be in EMS

and ended up thoroughly enjoying it. I like that my work has a tangible impact, and the day-to-day variety keeps me going. When I moved from Brooklyn back to Northeastern PA, I ended up making the career switch. I always had an interest in the medical field growing up, so after I spent a

Why did you become a

little time as an EMT it felt like a natural progression.

Paramedic My boyfriend and I are expecting our first child. How's your family Since May of this year. I started with PMR after doing clinical time here in How long have you

paramedic school.

worked for PMREMS I haven't had a lot of time for hobbies, but I've most recently been What hobbies or pets

learning to play the piano. Otherwise I try to spend some time outdoors

do you have

with my dog, Lager.


Lehigh Valley Health Network Nurses’ Documentary Honors Those on the Front-Lines Throughout the Pandemic Caregivers’ candor highlights strength and resiliency of nurses during most challenging times

Watch the Video Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has released a first-of-its-kind documentary honoring its nurses by sharing stories about their heroic work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The documentary features four nurses who, throughout the pandemic, found the bravery, courage and resilience to continue working through some of the most challenging experiences in their careers. The documentary, called “The Strength to Heal,” is a testament to nurses across the entire country and world who learned how to persevere in the worst of times. The featured LVHN nurses share how the bonds forged with their patients and learning how to care for themselves outside of work allowed them to keep going, even when the going was getting tough. “I believe that the foundation of great medical care is nursing, and LVHN’s nurses are among the best you will find. During the challenging initial years of the pandemic, the community turned to LVHN and its nurses not just for stability and care, but for compassion and emotional support,” said Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of LVHN. “The strength, resiliency and commitment to patients in the face of uncertainty demonstrated by our nurses are nothing short of heroic, and we’re thrilled to showcase that dedication and strength of character in this documentary.” The documentary highlights nurses’ commitment to their patients and the critical role they are still playing in the community’s fight against COVID-19. Each of the LVHN nurses featured in the documentary exemplifies dedication to providing high-quality patient care that not only drives improved patient outcomes, but also leaves an indelible mark on those in their care. From brightening birthdays spent in the hospital with COVID, to bringing loved ones together when difficult goodbyes were made – many virtually – these nurses provided compassionate and personalized support. This commitment shone through even as they were facing their own challenges, such as isolating from friends and family so they could continue reporting to the frontlines to care for others or facing fears of bringing COVID home to their own children. Their strength and resiliency are characteristic of LVHN’s approach to patient care at large. The detailed stories featured in the documentary provide a complete view into the lives of nurses during those challenging times. Their stories, like those of their colleagues in the nursing community, are reflective of the difficulties that nurses faced across the nation – providing a full, detailed look into their lives inside and outside of their work during the height of the pandemic. One story in particular comes from nurse Nichole Persing, Director of Patient Care Services, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hecktown Oaks, who likened navigating the challenging time to the athletic endurance training she completed to compete in multiple Ironman competitions. She shares in this documentary how her passion for training for Ironman races allowed her to apply the endurance mindset to her nursing work, helping her persevere in the most daunting situations as she led an ICU unit through the pandemic and provided care firsthand to affected community members. “The nursing profession has been irrevocably altered by the pandemic,” Nester said. “This documentary provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on our shared experiences and find meaning in what we will carry forward.”



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