She isn’t your typical cheerleader, but she has more pride in nursing and her profession than anyone I know

Anonymous, Employee

Making an impact in the field of nursing means to innovatively change practice, support a healing environment, and take great pride in your work. Lise Pratt melds these qualities into her every day practice and is able to coach and mentor others to do the same. Lise has been a nurse in the Trauma Care Unit (TCU) for over 35yrs. She is a proud nurse who is engaged, committed and role models best practices. These attributes generate admiration by many of her peers. She has faced changes with documentation, order entry, and patient care equality; all of which have brought challenges and adversity. Nevertheless, Lise met them with confidence and ease.

Every once and a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation. Lise is an active member of the nursing informatics committee. She faithfully attends monthly meetings and provides valuable insight. For Lise, innovation struck when nursing was tasked to improve documentation workflow for IV meds to help capture start and stop times. As a bedside nurse, Lise applied knowledge from her role to help solve this issue and make the documentation more user friendly. She pioneered the stop previous/start new option that is accessible from the MAR. Her ability to problem solve has saved the organization thousands of dollars. This is a prime example of how pride in your profession can stem creativity and innovation to improve practice.

As a proud nurse, Lise uses her vast professional experience to mentor and guide novice nurses. She is a leading contributor in taking newer nurses under her wing and supporting them along their journey. One nurse in particular was struggling with an unforeseen death of a patient she had cared for over multiple days and developed a strong relationship with. The patient was ready for discharge and anticipated returning home; sadly, they died overnight.  When the nurse heard of his passing, she was very distraught. Lise stepped up as an emotional support to those that needed extra encouragement and consoling during the difficult time. CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management team) was enacted and Lise specifically attended the debriefing to show support and compassion for her team. She knew the nurse caring for the patient was very upset and committed to being there for her. Lise offered encouraging words and reinforced the nurse didn’t miss anything; it was just out of her control. She told the nurse she did everything should could have for the patient and affirmed her abilities.

On a day to day basis, Lise is someone who builds relationships, has sound critical thinking skills, doesn’t pass judgement on her peers, and is willing to make sacrifices for the good of the unit. She is a nurse who is sought out for problem solving and will never make you feel like you are asking a stupid question. She has worked with countless nurses, seen several changes in leadership, created bonds with physicians, and made life-long friends. I wouldn’t say she is your typical cheerleader, but she has more pride in nursing and her profession than anyone I know. Go Lise!

Lise Pratt is a nurse on the Trauma Care Unit at Bronson Methodist Hospital. She is the recipient of the 2018 Hazel Latondress Pride Award, and was recognized during the 2018 Nursing Excellence Celebration.