After a 40-year career in nursing, Diane Halloran, RN, MPH had one question. How could she help keep people from suffering unnecessarily?
At that time, Diane had just retired as Patient Education Coordinator for UNC Hospitals and had seen the gaps between what health care providers thought patients knew and the information patients actually had.
The directions patients got when they left the hospital weren’t helping them. “It’s like giving someone a blueprint and telling them to come back when they’ve built a bridge,” Diane says.
She also saw those who suffered because they didn’t have the knowledge and experience to deal with their loved one’s rapidly changing health situation. Children knew they needed to do more to help their parents, but weren’t sure what.
So when Diane was asked whether she wanted to go into business, she did not hesitate. Although she had never run a business, she knew she could be of help to those who were struggling, by offering support, encouragement and guidance.
Our clients love visits from Diane because she brings her positive, supportive manner to situations that can sometimes be tense. The nurses at Everybody Needs A Nurse see her as a role model and carry on her sharp clinical eye and understanding of challenging situations. As another of our nurses said, “We work on the kindness model.”
Everybody Needs A Nurse stems from Diane’s belief that everyone deserves the peace of mind that comes from a professional’s understanding of the health care system.
Our mission is to keep our clients safe, healthy, and independent by helping them stay out of the hospital, the emergency room, or a nursing home. And to support them and their families through health challenges.