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Susan G.

Healthcare Professional

Over three years ago, I became a Clinical Educator. Prior to this time, I was a bedside nurse working for the most part with heart patients. Over two years ago, my facility became interested in becoming a Primary Stroke Center. My knowledge of stroke was very limited, so I attended a National Stroke Association Regional Stroke Conference. This was only the beginning of the vast knowledge I have obtained since then.

Now, I not only teach my nurses and EMS about stroke, but love going out into the community and teaching others about stroke signs, symptoms, treatments, and risk factors. Increasing awareness of stroke, and serving my community so they have the knowledge necessary to decrease their risk factors, and seek emergency help with symptoms of stroke is very gratifying to me. My facility is now a Primary Stroke Center! Of course, this success was due to an awesome collaboration within my facility, but also in part due to our membership in the Bi-State Stroke Consortium. I cannot say enough about the importance of networking with other stroke educators and coordinators. Competition aside, we work together to promote stroke education for our facilities and our communities.  

Sitting back and viewing the big picture, I now realize that stroke awareness has been a huge collaboration of many! It warms my heart to know that I have been at least a small part of this effort to decrease deaths and disability due to stroke.  


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