Magnet Nursing, Navicent Health

Pediatric Nurse - Mark Blake RN-BC

  • 1. Why did you become a nurse?

    • I became a nurse when after leaving the Military, I wanted to do something with my career that would challenge me daily and make a difference in someone else's life. A child's illness is often a very difficult time for a family, and I felt I could make a difference in my patient's hospital journey.

  • 2. What is the favorite thing about your job?

    • I love that Nursing is such a broad field that offers new challenges on a daily basis that requires us to learn new things to provide better patient care. I also love providing bedside care and helping others to feel better by always trying to be a positive person with a smile on my face.

  • 3. What is special about your type of patients?

    • Pediatric patients are not just small adults and their needs are unique compared to the adult population. Children are not only physiologically different, but also developmentally. They often do not have their own voice to advocate for themselves. I find that children are very brave and resilient, and there are very few things comparable to the joy of working with kids.

  • 4. What does being a magnet nurse mean to you?

    • Magnet is the gold standard that is a very resource and time intense process that demonstrates nursing excellence and high quality patient care. I believe that all nurses should strive to better themselves and to be apart of a hospital that lives up to this prestigious reputation associated with this designation.

  • 5. Why are you certified and how does it benefit our patients and community?

    • The ANCC Certification recognizes nurses in their specialized knowledge, skills, and experiences. It distinguishes that the nurse has met a level of distinction and knowledge representing professional nursing practice. I wanted to challenge myself by successfully completing this examination to better myself. It also gives my community and patients assurance that I am certified in my specialty, which will require a lifelong commitment of learning to maintain and renew this certification.

  • 6. Why did you get a BSN degree and what value does it have for your patients?

    • I am currently going back to complete my RN-BSN. I believe furthering my education will help me to meet the increasing demands of our patients and healthcare system. The RN-BSN program has provided me additional insight into health policies, public health, leadership, research, and evidence based practice.


Emergency Room Frances Johnson RN, BSN, CEN, TCRN

Frances Johnson
  • 1. Why did you become a nurse?

    • Our parents have always instilled moral values to my siblings and I growing up, and have always encouraged us to seek professional opportunities that would not only make an impact on our personal lives but more importantly to the well-being of others as well. Coming from a proud and dedicated line of medical professionals in my family, it's easy to say that nursing is in my DNA!

      But I sought inspiration in becoming a nurse early on and realized the importance of pursuing this career path before I even completed my secondary education. To me, Nursing is more than just about helping patients, comforting families, mentoring students and new nurses and working with a dedicated team of healthcare professionals. It brings a unique blend of challenges and rewards that constantly contribute positively to my personal and professional endeavors, whether it's by making a difference to our patients who need attention, to ease someone's pain and struggles, or to work amidst a robust and committed team of fellow nurses, ambulance staff, doctors, therapists and staff in a constantly dynamic atmosphere.

  • 2. Why did you choose Navicent Health?

    • I began as a cardiac nurse at Navicent Health, formerly Medical Center of Central Georgia in 2001. As a reputable leader in the medical field, Navicent Health constantly excels in both Cardiac and Trauma Care, as well as raises the bar to higher standards in the field of medical care overall, and this proved to be an ideal fit for me with professional endeavors. In 2008, I was drawn to the emergency center which was a Level 1 trauma facility, and share the confidence to execute my skills and expertise to tackle the myriad of challenges that the Trauma Care team and I face on a daily basis.

  • 3. What is the favorite thing about your job?

    • Having to encounter a multitude of patients who require varying degrees of medical care and attention on a regular basis, Nursing is not a career that you can consider routine and cannot be compared to other professions that have a more structured approach to getting the job done. It is in this constantly dynamic environment that I thrive in which I consider my favorite part of my work, and as an ER nurse I constantly challenge myself to exercise my professional skills.

      The ER nurse is the first person sick patients encounter and it contributes greatly to their first impressions of where they will be receiving the care and attention they required. There have been several instances where some of our Trauma patients have returned to our facility to meet me again and share their memories of when I took care of them when they were faced with enormous medical challenges, and I consider this a favorite part of my work as well - having made an impact on an individual who recalls the care and attention I managed to give to them during one of their most critical moments.

  • 4. What does being a magnet nurse mean to you?

    • Magnet nurse is the empowerment and strengthening of goals, one which allows hospital policies to protect and support nurses. Magnet nurses strengthens the process of obtaining credentials, collaborating between a variety of medical professions, and to provide human ethical care to all patients.

  • 5. Why are you certified and how does it benefit our patients and community?

    • I am certified to expand my knowledge base and to raise the standard of practice and improve patient safety. It indicates a deep appreciation and dedication to be an ER nurse so I can provide the most relevant and cutting edge service to patients and families.

  • 6. Why did you get a BSN degree and what value does it have for your patients?

    • I graduated in 1989 with my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the Philippines. a Bachelor's degree made me focus in interdisciplinary course work and strengthen my skill and research knowledge that will benefit my fellow nurses as well as my patients.

  • 7. What is special about your type of patients?

    • Patients that come to the ER are all unique, but regardless of their situation and their needs, they all need our kind attention and quick response. It is distressing for many people to go to the hospital and going to the ER itself can be a scary experience especially if they have been in a traumatic situation such as an accident. So we need to be quick in thinking and responding to their situation.


Infusion Center -Tonya McClain RN, BSN, ONC

Tonya McClain
  • 1. Why did you become a nurse?

    • I've always enjoyed helping other people and making people feel better. When I was about 12, my grandmother was diagnosed with Lung Cancer and spent nights with her helping her during her treatment. I knew then that I was supposed to be a nurse.

  • 2. Why did you choose Navicent Health?

    • I actually did my practicum during my last semester of nursing school on 9main in 1998. I learned a lot and really enjoyed the staff and patients. I was offered a position at the end of my practicum. I accepted it and am still here 20 years later.

  • 3. What is the favorite thing about your job?

    • I love the teamwork and the people that I work with. We all have a common goal of providing compassionate, efficient and safe care everyday.

  • 4. What is special about your type of paitents?

    • My patients are special because they are the most grateful and humble people around. These are two of the best qualities one can posess. this makes it so easy to take care of someone that's appreciative of what you do for them.


Nurse Navigator Sandra Broomfield RN-BC, BSN

 Sandra Broomfield
  • 1. Why did you become a nurse?

    • I chose nursing as a career for several different reasons. My main reason for choosing nursing as a career is my love and compassion for taking care of sick and vulnerable people. The next reason that I chose nursing as a career because nursing is a profession where learning is never complete. I knew that if I would become a nurse that there would be many opportunities in nursing for me and so many ways to challenge myself and learn new things. And lastly, I knew that as a nurse as far as the future, with career opportunities the sky would be the limit for me.

  • 2. Why did you choose Navicent Health?

    • I chose Navicent Health primarily because it was a teaching hospital and I felt confident that I would get the training that I would need to become a successful nurse.

  • 3. What is the favorite thing about your job?

    • The thing I like most about my job is being able to really give my patients the care that they deserve.

  • 4. What does being a nurse mean to you?

    • When I think about magnet I think about excellence, and empowerment. Here at Navicent Health we have adopted a culture that supports education and development for all nurses. We have the opportunity to engage in knowledge sharing and career growth across the institution.

  • 5. Why are you certified and how does it benefit our patients and community?

    • Being a certified nurse has validated my knowledge as a cardiovascular nurse as well as a Nurse Practitioner. It also demonstrates that I have the knowledge, skills and attitude to provide high quality care to my patients and their families.

  • 6. Why did you get a BSN degree and what value does it have for your patients?

    • I sought to get my BSN degree because I think that Bachelor Prepared Nurses receives the education that will help meet the increasing demands of our patients and the evolving health care system.

  • 7. What is special about your type of patients?

    • I work with a very complex population of patients. I primarily work with Cardiac patients which include pre and post surgical cardiac surgery. The severity may range from pacemaker implantation to coronary artery bypass surgery. These patients have much co-morbidities and they require lots of education. Our education doesn't just focus on the heart, it is about the whole person. To ensure that the patient has a full recovery it is imperative that the patient understand all risk factors related to heart disease such as sedentary life style, diet, smoking and medication compliance.