Brittany Casey, RN and Eric Rome, RN recently received the “Celebrate Nursing Award” from the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association.
This award recognizes nurses for their dedication to the advancement of nursing practice and who excel in nursing, encourage professional development, and promote a positive image of nursing.
Brittany is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience. Brittany is a role model for nursing and improving patient processes and outcomes for care. She is certified in critical care nursing and is an advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) instructor. During the Covid-19 pandemic, not only did she jump in to care for patients and support the nursing team, she also played a vital role in a facility-wide response plan, including daily staff updates via Zoom.
As the staff development coordinator, Brittany is an advocate and mentor throughout the hospital. Brittany promotes a positive image of nursing in all she does and sets high expectations for best practices in nursing. She works closely with both staff nurses and student nurses, overseeing student nurse orientation, pairing with preceptors, and evaluating their clinical effectiveness. In addition to providing quarterly and annual education opportunities for staff, she is also a nurse recruiter, nurse tech program supervisor, and AHEC program liaison. Brittany is a past Lane employee of the month, a multiple Nightingale award nominee, and Daisy award recipient.
Eric is the heart catherization lab director and takes great pride in his role. With more than 19 years of nursing experience, he is certified as a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist and an ACLS instructor. Eric is proficient in all cath lab procedures as well as monitoring and interpreting data from diagnostic procedures. He exudes a calm and confident presence during procedures and makes patients, physicians, and staff feel at ease.
To help staff build confidence in the care they provide, Eric uses case reviews for learning opportunities. The more he learns, the more he shares. He helps his nurses and technicians to understand why they are performing diagnostic testing, what they are looking for based on a patient’s history and findings, and how the physician’s data is affecting the diagnosis. Eric is a former Nightingale registered nurse of the year award winner, as well as a Lane employee of the month.
Brittany Casey and Eric Rome