I AM Patient Safety 2019: Individual Impact - Going Above and Beyond Award

Stephanie LaJohn
Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Erie Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)

Nurse anesthetist Stephanie LaJohn has a way with children, treating every patient as if they were her own child and quickly winning their trust. She puts even the most anxious children at ease before surgery, reassuring them that she will be with them throughout it and calmly explaining what is going to happen in terms they can understand. She even turns anesthesia into a fun game; for example, she lets kids choose from 20 different flavors for the "anesthesia" and lines their breathing mask with lip gloss so they smell the flavor they picked instead of the anesthetic gases. She gets them excited about going to the operating room to help "blow up her balloon," and as they watch the balloon grow on the anesthesia machine, she often holds them in her lap and sings them softly to sleep. Then when they wake up, she always has a special, parent-approved sweet treat waiting for them. Every day, Stephanie demonstrates how much she loves her patients in her dedication to ensuring their safety, comfort, and peace of mind.


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