Heather Rochelle Baum, MSN RN CRNP NP-C CCRN
Alvernia College, Psychology, BA 2004
Reading Hospital School of Nursing, Diploma 2007
Alvernia University, BSN 2009; Widener University, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner 2017
Maryville University, Post-Master’s Acute Care Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner, anticipated graduation December 2018
Nomination and Induction to Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Beta Chapter, 2016
Excellence in Nursing: Professional Development, Reading Health System, 2017
Vision for Neuroscience Nursing:
The advance in Neuroscience Nursing has become my passion over my 10 year career. I began as a bedside nurse in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit, caring primarily for trauma and neuro-critical care patients. I extended my passion through education, not only for the betterment of my own self, but for other nurses as well. I began by teaching the neurology portions of the CCRN review course and med-surg review course at my hospital. I also have been teaching a head injury lecture for our trauma course for a number of years. Over the past year, I have worked to take my passion for education to a larger level, and am currently joining the faculty of a regional education group that provides CCRN review courses for critical care nurses pursuing certification. I also an am independently contracted speaker for Med-Ed Inc, and am hoping to start more neuroscience focused education sessions in the near future. I am currently a certified and licensed Nurse Practitioner in the state of Pennsylvania, and am in the process of transitioning from the Hospitalist Group to our Neuro-Critical Care team. I feel that I can help to advance the field of neurosciences through my work as a Nurse Practitioner, and through my passion for education.
Vision for the Association:
The AANN provides wonderful resources and training for neuroscience nurses. The variety of topics offered, from epilepsy to brain tumors to stroke, allows for neuroscience nurses to gain better understanding in a variety of settings. I see the AANN continuing to grow and expand, to offer more opportunities to those who are passionate about the care of neurologically injured patients. Through their passion for education, and certification in neuroscience and stroke, the AANN is bringing care of the neurologically injured patients to the forefront of healthcare. Through collaboration with other practitioners and nurses, the AANN provides a wide variety of opportunities for advancement of care and knowledge. As our understanding of the neurosciences grow, I see the AANN continuing to be the industry leader.
Accomplishments in Professional Positions:
I began my hospital career as a unit secretary in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. When I started that position, I knew that nursing was my calling. I worked full time, with an infant, to continue my BA in Psychology and then attend nursing school through the hospital in which I worked. I was able to maintain a high GPA through my programs despite personal challenges, and started in the SICU as a new graduate nurse. I immediately returned to school to complete my BSN. During my time as a bedside nurse, I worked through our Career Advancement Program to obtain the second highest level- this done through leading multiple committees, sitting on the top hospital nursing committee, and projects that helped improve quality and patient outcomes. I then went on to pursue my CRNP at Widener University, and started with the Hospitalist Group after graduation. In this position, my passion for education has not ceased, as I am currently pursuing a Post-Master’s Certificate in acute care. I continue to educate at the hospital, teaching in multiple classes, and as a guest lecturer for the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences. I also sit on the Emergency Response Committee, and am working in a group to institute a Career Advancement Program for Advanced Practitioners. I volunteer at a local free medical clinic, at my church, and with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 457.
Accomplishments in Leadership Positions:
From 2015-2016, I was project lead at the Reading Hospital for the John’s Hopkins University CUSP4MVP program. This international program cohort focused on the care and outcomes of mechanically ventilated patient’s. I led a group of physicians, hospital administrators, and other department leads in this program targeted at decreasing ventilator days and ventilator-associated pneumonia, in our trauma patients. I presented twice, internationally via online sessions, regarding ours team efforts and successes. The program was successful in both decreasing VAP and ventilator days. Prior to the John’s Hopkins project, I individually researched products that could help to decrease the incidence of urinary tract infections. Through collaboration with a quality subgroup focused on CAUTI, I was able to research and present a new product which was brought into stock at the Reading Hospital. Positive outcomes in decreased foley catheter days and associated infections were seen.