Find out how Marcy Heuman cares for patients in Broward Health Medical Center's trauma unit.
Title and Department: R.N., Emergency Department, Trauma
Years at Broward Health: 27
What I do at Broward Health: I'm a member of the trauma team in Broward Health Medical Center's Emergency Department.
What motivates me to come to work each day: The opportunity to participate in this unpredictable, fast-paced, rewarding area of nursing. To be able to feel that I helped a patient and family in what may be the most terrifying, painful (both emotional and physical) event of their lives. I am challenged daily in meeting the extreme physical, mental and spiritual needs of trauma patients and their families. I enjoy the closeness and precise teamwork required by those involved in the acute care of trauma victims.
My favorite Broward Health moment: I will always remember the horror, fear and exhaustion of being on shift during the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting and also the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. The mass casualty team went into action and these tragic events were handled smoothly with professionalism, compassion and competence. Dr. Christopher Roberts, neurosurgeon, and I were interviewed on local and national news stations, as well as in the Sun-Sentinel. I was able to speak of the excellence of care given by our team. It was moment of pride I will never forget.
Some advice I'd give to a new employee just starting their career in healthcare: Don't ever lose sight of the person under the patient gown. Be teachable. Listen, watch and learn. Ask questions. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Remain calm in the midst of chaos.
How I like to relax: Wilderness camping, fishing, kayaking, meditation, cooking, photography and being with one of my 13 grandkids.
What I’m most proud of personally or professionally: The lives I've saved, the families I've helped.
What's on my music playlist: Smooth Jazz, Oldies, sounds of nature (rain, ocean, forest), Christian radio
If I could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or dead, who would it be and why: Mother Theresa