In This Issue
Member Spotlight: Sara Mosher, RN, BSN, MHA
by Donna Talain, RNC-OB, BSN, MBA
Oregon AWHONN’s newest Chapter Leader is a superwoman of nursing. From her humble beginnings as a bedside nurse in the NICU to her stint as the interim NICU Manager at St. Charles, Sara has accomplished so much. Not only is she the Central Oregon Chapter Leader, she is currently the Manager of Care Coordination/Nurse Navigation at St. Charles where she manages programs in oncology, heart failure and bariatrics and developed pediatrics and high-risk maternal navigation programs. She is also the Owner of Patient+Family Care (www.patientfamilycare.com), a consulting and education business helping staff and organizations improve their practices in family centered care and family support. She developed a unique Family Support Community on-line that offers education, resources and support to families that are either (a) anticipating a NICU journey (b) are in the NICU (c) have graduated the NICU and want to reflect on their journey and offer insight and support to other families.
And if that wasn’t enough, she serves as a Board of Trustee Member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington, after completing two years on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Oregon (prior to the organizational merge in October 2016). She has an active contract with Springer Publishing to write an original manuscript titled Care Coordination in the NICU: Implementing Family Centered Nursing Care for Optimal Outcomes. Finally, in January 2017, Patient+Family Care entered a collaborative partnership with the National Perinatal Association (NPA) and the Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA) to develop an online CEU course that provides education for NICU staff on how to implement the published best practice recommendations on psychosocial support for NICU families that were published by the Journal of Perinatology in December of 2015. The articles can be found at http://www.nature.com/jp/journal/v35/n1s/index.html.
I don’t know how this superwoman has any free time, but she so generously spent a small bit of it with me to answer a few questions.
OR AWHONN: I know you’re working on so many things! What’s one thing you’re working on that excites you the most?
Sara: What excites me most right now is the educational program I am developing with the NPA and PPA! Professionals are expected to be experts at caring for patients and their families (support system) in a crisis and yet there is no formalized training on how to provide that type of care. NPA, PPA and PFC are coming together to bridge that gap! What is also really exciting and unique about this project, is we have professionals AND patients (who are the experts by experience) at the table creating the content and who will be teaching the courses. We wanted to bring the voice of the actual patient to the forefront throughout the entire process to ensure we were truly meeting the needs of our patient population. We also had over 120 NICU graduate families participate in surveys to contribute quotes and personal stories to enhance the material and engage the class participant.
OR AWHONN: What are your goals for the Central Oregon Chapter?
Sara: I would love to see our chapter grow, to gain some new members, to get increased attendance at meetings (from members and non-members) and to see the area benefit from the many benefits AWHONN can offer the obstetrical, women’s health and neonatal nursing providers.
OR AWHONN: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received that you’d like to pass on to your fellow nurses?
Sara: Never forget that every interaction you have with a patient, and their family, can potentially stay with them for the rest of their life – whether good or bad. So take the time to be present, to be authentic, to be genuine and to be honest. Take time to see your patient as the person they are and treat the “whole person”, not just the disease or the diagnosis. Do your best to be a positive influence on their journey.
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Never forget that every interaction you have with a patient and their family can potentially stay with them for the rest of their life. Do your best to be a positive influence on their journey.