July 1 2009 - TMF Nurses Coauthor Cover Story

For Immediate Release

July 1, 2009

Contact: John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


TYLER, TX – Julie Miller, RN, CCRN, BSN, and Janice Mink, RN, CCRN, CNRN, nurses with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, are coauthors of Nursing2009 Magazine's May issue cover story. The article concerns acute ischemic stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease and cancer.

An ischemic stroke is a cerebrovascular disorder caused by deprivation of blood flow to an area of the brain, generally as a result of thrombosis, embolism, or reduced blood pressure. The other type of stroke is hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by the bleeding of ruptured blood vessels (hemorrhage) in the brain.

“Trinity Mother Frances is dedicated to saving the lives of east Texas stroke victims. Identifying a stroke early on and seeking treatment immediately can mean the difference between permanent impairment or death and a full recovery. Approximately 87% of strokes are ischemic, meaning they result from impaired blood flow and oxygen supply,” says Miller. “If the public and healthcare workers are better educated about the signs and symptoms of stroke, a significant number of people can be saved. We wrote this article because we want nurses to be aware of the steps the American Heart Association has developed to help ensure that this type of stroke is treated in the fastest and most effective way possible.”

The article emphasizes the importance of the seven "D's" The American Heart Association has developed to help evaluate a patient: detection, dispatch, delivery, door, data, decision and drug.

“Writing this article with Julie was a rewarding experience and for it to be selected as the cover story is truly an honor,” says Mink. “Education is key to reducing long-term health problems and death from stroke. We hope the article will help accomplish this goal.”

The article stresses that promptly activating the EMS system is the key to a good outcome for a patient having a stroke. The co-authors stress that the education of patient care providers and the public will continue to play an important role in the prevention of stroke and contribute to the improvement of stroke care.

About Julie Miller and Janie Mink

Julie Miller is a nurse and educator and has been with Trinity Mother Frances for 17 years. She is currently the Staff Development Educator - Critical Care and is active in the local American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) chapter. Miller just completed a three year commitment to the AACN National Board of Directors. AACN is an 80,000-member organization serving the needs of 500,000 acute and critical care nurses served as President in 1996 - 1998.

Janice Mink is a nurse and educator with Trinity Mother Frances and serves as the Staff Development Educator for Neuroscience at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. She also teaches courses in Stroke care. Janice is active in the American Association of Neuroscience nurses and the Greater East Texas AACN chapter.

Their cover article for Nursing2009 Magazine's May issue cover story took over a year to write and publish.

About Trinity Mother Frances

The Stroke Center at Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler was awarded the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' Disease Specific Certification as an Acute Primary Stroke Center for offering acute primary and comprehensive state of the art stroke care. For the past two years, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association awarded the bronze, silver and gold awards to The Stroke Center for sustained exceptional outcomes in stroke care.

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 250 physicians and mid-level providers representing 37 specialties in 34 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhs.org.

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