The job stays fresh, she said, because “each patient is different” and has different needs and concerns. Before COVID-19, Crawford also helped diabetes patients in Grady’s outpatient clinic and spoke at area churches about the condition, its increased prevalence, and new medicines and technologies that can help. For more content like this, sign up for the Pulse newsletter here.
Crawford may see up to 14 patients a day and establishes a connection with many of them, Vaughn said. RN Rochanda Crawford teaches Grady Hospital patients how to live with their newly diagnosed Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Courtesy of Crew Atlanta
“Many still call her if they are experiencing a crisis after discharge or presenting again to the ED (emergency department) for care,” she said. “Every doctor and nurse on the floor can put their mind at ease when Rochanda is there to educate their patient.” “I get a lot of patients who are newly diagnosed with diabetes in the hospital with really high blood sugar,” she said. “Most of them require insulin teaching, and we spend a lot of time on that because it’s really important that they get it right.”
Beth Dziczkowski, Northside Hospital Cherokee Clayton Fowler, Wellstar Kennestone Hospital Vicky Hogue, Wellstar Paulding Hospital. Winner of the Nurse Leadership Award, sponsored by Mercer
Meet the other award winners: RN Rochanda Crawford, Grady Hospital. Courtesy of Crew Atlanta
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