'11, BSN, Nursing
Rapid Response Team, Registered Nurse, The Toledo Hospital
SWAT Team Member, The University of Michigan
Since graduating in 2011, Nicholas has accomplished a lot in his career. At Toledo Hospital, he has served as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Emergency Center, the Moderate Sedation Team and the Rapid Response Team. In this most current role, he is part of a 24/7 resource for the entire hospital from medical-surgical, pediatrics, and various ICUs. In any given shift, he may be called upon to help rectify unstable patients, a change in patient status, initiate difficult IVs, provide education, and aid in medical decisions with the collaboration of physicians. As an RN on the Rapid Response Team, they are considered a clinical resource for Toledo Hospital and are available for their ever growing census which often times exceeds 500 patients. Since the enactment of the Rapid Response Team a drastic reduction of the number of code blues has resulted.
When not working at Toledo Hospital, Nicholas is a full time member of the SWAT Team at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The SWAT team is considered the clinical resource for the hospital of more than 900 beds that include 179 beds of various ICU status patients in neonatal, pediatric, and adult. This 179 ICU beds in among the highest in the nation. The SWAT team was enacted to ensure the highest patient safety for this patient population leaving the floor for various testing, procedures, and bedside procedures that require moderate sedation. The patient population within the University of Michigan is considered high acuity largely because of the status it holds as one of the largest and most modern tertiary care centers in our nation. A tertiary care center simply means that patients are referred to the University of Michigan from many local hospitals for the advanced specialized care and treatment that are not available at most hospitals.
Nicholas obtained his Master of Science in Nursing degree as a nurse educator from The University of Toledo. Through his position career of nursing, he has obtained many certifications, including:
- Basic Life Support (BLS)
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
- National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS)
Believing in service to others, Nicholas participated in a medical mission trip to Nicaragua, was a member of the Lourdes Student Nursing Association and a counselor at Wolverine Human Services where he was trained in the use of therapeutic crisis intervention.
His awards include receiving the Promedica Customer Service Award for two consecutive years, the Lourdes Student Volunteer of the Year Award and the Lourdes Spirit of Nursing Award. He received these latter awards for the partnership program he created between the Toledo Hospital, Lourdes University and the institution’s Student Nurses Association. The program helped to enhance patient satisfaction at the hospital and exposed Lourdes students to the inner operations of an emergency room.