Alejandro Alex Soto, RN, BSN, PHN, CCRN, CEN, was one of nine finalists in the 2013 Amazing Nurse competition sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursings Future.
Soto, who works in the ICU at Sutter Health Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Calif., was nominated by Tami Dodge-Terrazas, RN, daughter of a patient. He has been a nurse at Memorial Medical Center since January 2010 and an employee of MMC since 2002, according to a spokesperson for Sutter Health.
Dodge-Terrazas said her mother had already been in the hospital for about two weeks and in the ICU when Soto was assigned as her nurse. Shed have good days and bad days, but, overall, she was declining, wrote Dodge-Terrazas in her Amazing Nurse nomination. All of her tests were coming back negative and the doctors couldnt determine what was causing her to become worse.
The nominator credited Sotos questioning her mothers albumin medication as the cause of her respiratory decline and the reason the family went from thinking she might not pull through to having hope that she might soon come off the ventilator.
He took the initiative to speak with the doctor making sure that the albumin was discontinued and more diuretics were ordered, said Dodge-Terrazas. Almost immediately she took a turn for the better, progressing from being on 100% oxygen to 50%.
I am a new nurse myself and I know that Alex is not only the kind of nurse I want taking care of my loved ones, but also the kind of nurse I want to become, she added in the nomination.
Overall winner named
Johnson & Johnson sponsors the contest to highlight amazing nurses who make a difference.
Gloria Kindzeka, RN, of Hiawatha Home Care in Minnesota, was named the 2013 Amazing Nurse in September based on voting that was open to the public. See Kindzeka’s End of Shift article (www.Nurse.com/Article/EOS-Courage).