June 8, 2016
Abstract – Imparting the Wisdom
First, I would like to express the enjoyment I experienced when working with Billie. She was a true team player, always professional and truly believed in continuing education for neuro nurses. What I remember most about her was the little gleam in her eyes as she giggled and walked down the hall. Working as a neuroscience nurse you observe a lot of dark things but Billie, God bless her, could find the humor in almost anything.
Receiving the scholarship funds this year permitted me to attend the AANN Annual Education meeting in New Orleans and acquire 14.25 Contact Credits. Included in the 14.25 Contact Credits where 11 Stroke Educational Hours.
Saturday, I attended the preconference workshop on Stroke Certification. It was a full day of classes. A great review for the Stroke Certification Resource Nurse Exam.
Sunday I attended the Opening Remarks and Agnes M Marshall Keynote Address. Just being in the room with all those Nursing Guru’s gave me goose bumps. I especially enjoyed the F.A.S.T. Song – Stroke Signs featuring Hip Hop Artist Dee-1 and Tha Hip Hop Doc Rani Whitfield, M.D. It was really C.A.T.C.H.Y. I have recently incorporated this video as part of my Stroke Education for patients and their families.
Monday and Tuesday were spent attending educational sessions and acquiring Contact Credits. As well, I attended Non-CE Lunch Symposium and met some new colleagues.
Lastly, I want to Thank the AANN Triangle Chapter and the Billie Mann Scholarship Fund. I had a wonderful conference experience filled with lots of educational and networking opportunities. As a result, I am preparing for the SCRN Exam and will take it in September.
In Memory of Billie A. Mann
I learned so much from Billie over the years. The last thing she taught me was to not assume there will be tomorrow. Over the past few months I have been thinking about making a special trip to North Carolina to see her face to face one more time. When we talked last on March 22, 2010, she told me that she was a little tired but was doing relatively well. So, I was reassured that I had more time. Perhaps I would make the trip this summer. I should have known, Billie had a way of sounding rosy no matter what.
We were a wonderful team. When I first interviewed her to work with me as I started my academic neurosurgery career at UNC, she struck me as being relaxed, casual and energetic. She came to the interview in her scrub suit on break from her job in the radiology department. She bought into my vision about what I wanted to accomplish and worked diligently over the years to realize the dream. She was one of my greatest fans and promoted me so much that it imbued my patients with confidence. Billie intently observed how I interacted with patients and soon began to channel my thoughts and feelings to patients when I was not available. She would say, “Dr. B I told them that the swelling would go down and things will settle down, just like you always say. Did I do good?” Of course, she did great and we were quite a team. She was essential to my building a busy clinical practice while juggling the administrative, educational and research activities of the academic life. It was a busy time. We worked hard, laughed together and shed tears over the years. Through it all, I never had a co-worker as loyal to me. I am so grateful for the sacrifices she made for me and our patients. She was always available to them; literally day and night. Over the past few months I told her by many emails and telephone calls how grateful I was to her and how much I loved her. We ended each conversation telling each other that we loved each other. We meant it.
Billie was on a continual quest for more knowledge and experience. Her career encompassed experiences in radiology, neurosurgery, neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
She was my special resource person. I always supported her as she pursued new training opportunities. At one point I told her that she might run out of alphabets behind her name.
I remember how happy she was when she reconnected with Kurt after having known each other from an earlier time in her life. So, thank you Kurt for giving her the love and support that she deserved so much.
As much as we worked together, Billie never called me by my first name. I was always “Dr. B”. The military background was always at her core when she would answer me with “yes sir”. Nevertheless, we were good friends and she carved out a special place in my heart where she will remain. Thank you, Billie
BILLIE MANN SCHOLARSHIP
Billie was a beloved member of our chapter, to have worked with her was an amazing experience.
When she passed away, the Triangle Chapter received a donation from her family. The chapter then started the Billie Mann Scholarship Fund so that Billie's passion for neuroscience nursing could be shared with other neuroscience nurses.
We have a total of $1,000 to be given away yearly, with a maximum of $500 to one nurse in a two year period.
We are proud to say that we have raised enough funds to give away the maximum amount for the past two years to very deserving chapter members! Our fundraising efforts continue throughout the year and our goal for the future is to be able to award even more funds.
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