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Eileen Hurd

Eileen Hurd 2002 Recipient

Eileen Hurd RN, BSN, CNA
Manager Cardiology
Penrose-St Francis Health Services

Eileen Hurd with the Nightingale Award

Eileen Hurd is the Clinical Manager of the Cardiac Stepdown Unit, Cardiovascular Unit and the Hemodialysis Unit for Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO. Eileen was both a Nightingale Recipient in 2002 and on the Nightingale State Selection committee for several years. Recipient of the Seton Award for Excellence in Nursing Management, she actively participated in numerous committees to automate the patient record and nurse liaison for the computer systems at PSFHCS. She organized the Critical Care Awareness Week for Colorado Springs and helped develop a video for a local TV broadcast for recurrent of critical care nurses. She serves as the co-chair programs committee for the Southern Colorado Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, is a member of the appeals panel for the national American Association of Critical Care Nurses and has served as President of SCCAACN. She is currently working towards her Masters in nursing.

"One of the things I tell them is that nursing is a life long learning process. You have to study. You have to keep up with things. And you have to do these things on your own. You can't expect the hospital to teach you everything." ~ Eileen's advice to new nurses

"We just had a reunion with several of my school mates. And we were laughing about the difference between nursing then (1966) and nursing now... And I went through a hospital based nursing program... And I never had a stethoscope. You used to use a stethoscope to take a blood pressure. You didn't listen to the patients lungs or their heart. You didn't do that whole assessment piece. You just kind of coordinated whatever the doctor said to do. And it was much less complex than it is now. Nurses do so much more. And, that's probably why they (nurses) don't have time to give backrubs to everybody every night. And why they don't have time to offer people wash clothes before they have their meals on a routine basis. We still do those things, but not like it used to be. And patients and families sometimes still want that same kind of service. And I think it's because nurses have to do so much more now than they used do. And I said that to some of my classmates. Some of them are no longer in nursing and they were saying something about the new nurses not giving backrubs and all this. I said 'Now wait a minute you guys! We didn't even have a stethoscope!' It was totally different." ~ Eileen on the difference between nursing in 1966 and 2009

 "It truly is a most coveted award. They call it the "Academy Award" of nursing. And that particular night that I won it. That's how I felt. That I WAS at the Academy Awards!" ~Eileen on being named a Nightingale recipient  

"Oh, there have been many mentors over the years. Kate McCord, (the CNO of Penrose St Francis) for instance...I have the utmost respect for her. And her passion for learning. And for research based practices. We do things because research tells that this makes a difference. And as a clinical manager, I am having to teach my own staff things like "Research says that it makes a difference whether the antibiotics are on time or an hour late. So it needs to be on time. That's probably more important than giving a patient a bath."  ~ Eileen speaking about how others have contributed to her career

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