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Peachy (Alice) Viviano, BSN, RN, CCRN

Critical Care Liaison – Surgical Trauma Unit

I knew I wanted to be a nurse at the age of 9 years old when I was in the hospital to have my appendix out. I’ll never forget the nurses and how kind they were. I’ve been a nurse since 1976 and worked in different hospitals and health care settings for the first 12 years of my career but once I came to Abington Memorial Hospital in 1990 I found an organization where I could grow both professionally and personally. So I decided to stay and become part of the “Abington Family.”

As the critical care liaison who oversees the critical care units on second shift at AMH, I have the opportunity to collaborate with the charge nurses in each critical care unit in this ever-changing world of health care to staff the units first and foremost to ensure patient safety while also being fiscally responsible. I coordinate and teach the American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support program at AMH and am a Basic Life Support instructor. Like others, I wear many hats and one of my favorite hats is co-chairing our Medical Emergency Team (MET). The MET not only helps others to rescue their patients, it also is a great opportunity to mentor staff and pay it forward.

Abington Memorial is a great place to work, and I feel I am part of a wonderful team. I took an active role in the Magnet journey for nursing excellence, touring surveyors from the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program around the units. I was extremely proud to have the opportunity not only to see the great work my peers are doing throughout the organization but also to share their successes with our Magnet surveyors.

Early in my nursing career, before I came to Abington, I bonded with a patient who was dying of cancer. She opened up about her fears and asked me to take care of her when she was hospitalized. She has stayed in my heart to this day and my life is fuller because of her. I have learned more from my patients and their families than I could have ever given them. They have taught me the meaning of courage, unconditional love, the power of prayer and a positive attitude. After 35 years of working as a nurse I feel truly blessed to be able to say if I had to live my life over again I would once more choose nursing and working at AMH!

Peachy (Alice) Viviano, BSN, RN, CCRN