Patient and Nurse Form Lasting Bond After Near-death Experience

Patient and Nurse Form Lasting Bond After Near-death Experience

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Zink began having breathing problems and was seen in the ER, forming an ever-lasting bond. Zink now seeks to pursue her own nursing goals.

When 19-year-old Landri Zink went to the emergency department at Mercy Hospital Ardmore, she had no idea the connection she would form with one of the nurses on duty who helped save her life.
A week earlier, Zink began having breathing problems, chest and back pains, and a wet cough that got progressively worse. Before long, she could no longer catch her breath.
When her parents took her to the hospital, doctors immediately ordered chest X-rays and scans to get a closer look at her lungs.
From the get-go, Zink and her parents felt a connection to her nurse, Melissa Bazzrea Smith, who provided clear communication and a reassuring presence.
“She treated me like her own kid while I was there,” said Zink. “If it wasn’t for her, I may have lost my life.”
Through every step of Zink’s journey, Smith was by her side.
“I knew Landri and her parents were depending on me and I couldn’t let them down,” said Smith.
Zink was transferred to Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City where she stayed for six days – four of those days in the intensive care unit while she was in critical condition. Doctors determined that she had pneumonia – an infection of the lungs.
About a month later, Zink and Smith ran into each other at a local hair salon.
“I started crying and she started crying and we hugged,” said Smith. “We exchanged numbers and have stayed in touch since.”
As a freshman in college, Zink hopes to pursue a career in nursing. She spoke with Smith about her career aspirations. Smith shared her own journey to nursing which included volunteering at the hospital as a teenager and an eight-year career as a nurse technician before graduating from nursing school.
Thanks to her experiences as a patient, Zink now knows she wants to become an ER nurse like her new mentor.
“It makes me feel great that Landri wants to be an ER nurse,” said Smith. “It’s a reminder of why I do what I do, which is helping people and saving lives. I was inspired by my Mimi (grandma) to become a nurse and hopefully I can inspire more people to pursue nursing.”

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East Central University School of Nursing is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator. Coordinator responsibilities include assisting the Director in the management and basic administration of the program at the Durant campus. This position is classified as faculty, is 12-month and generated 0.75 FTE for program coordinator and 0.25 FTE for faculty teaching. and a full-time nursing faculty/simulation coordinator on the Durant Campus; and a full-time faculty on the Ada campus.
Also ECU is seeking to fill two 10-month, full-time faculty positions, at Durant and Ada campuses, respectively. Activities required of all faculty in the School of Nursing include innovative teaching in classroom, laboratory, clinical and simulation settings; curriculum planning, implementation, and evaluation; student advising; recruitment and retention activities; service to the department, college, university, and community. Simulation coordinating involves planning, developing, maintaining, and effectively implementing learning activities in the nursing simulation laboratory to provide students with quality instruction and a safe learning environment.
Qualifications: Unencumbered RN license in practice state. Masters in nursing required and 2 years clinical experience, preferably in med/surg, critical care, or other acute care clinical area. Doctorate in nursing preferred. Experience in nursing clinical simulation, experience with integrated technology systems and tools and/or nursing education is preferred.
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