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January 7, 2016

SMYS for Change, Regional Directors.

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We have appointed our entire board at this time, and would like to introduce you to the Regional Directors. These are the people who will be there to assist you in your efforts to make changes in the world of healthcare.

The choices were difficult, because you are a brilliant and diverse group of people.  However, there are literally hundreds of leadership positions still available, as well as plenty of space for everyone in healthcare in our membership.  The new, Professional Organization known as Show Me Your Stethoscope.


Show Me Your Stethoscope is an organization of united Nurses and support staff who believe that Patient Safety is almost always determined by the processes adopted by healthcare organizations. We are committed to changing dangerous healthcare policies, as well as unwritten healthcare norms that impact nurses and support staff everywhere. While Show Me Your Stethoscope is not a political organization, we are committed to nursesunitebecoming a platform from which Nurses can advocate for themselves.

We are committed to educating the public about the educational requirements for nursing at all practice levels, as well as the responsibilities of the profession, and the fact that healthcare policy has historically been made by those who benefit from healthcare dollars. We feel that healthcare policies must be determined by those with a real and recent connection to the bedside.


Southwest Region:

Vanessa Rendón-Cazarez is a full-time doctoral student at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner, with plans to graduate in 2017. Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2007 and earned her Critical Care Registered Nurse certification in 2011. After her undergraduate studies, she commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Navy. Vanessa gained a variety of experience from the Navy Nurse Corps, and mastered skills in departments including: Telemetry, Adult Intensive Care Unit, Labor and Delivery and Emergency Department. Vanessa served nearly 6 years on active duty, before returning to her home in San Antonio, where she created protocols and curricula for diabetes and hypertension education for the indigent and underserved population in a community clinic.

In her personal life, Vanessa is married and the proud “mother” to 3 dachshunds. She is an active member of her Catholic parish, and a volunteer for a non-profit dachshund rescue organization-Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas. She enjoys travel and is willing and eager to try anything. Her favorite activities include SCUBA diving, surfing, zip-line, deep-sea fishing and hiking.

Southwest Region presently constituted by the following states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.

Southeast Region:

Stephanie Chiappinelli Correa, RN , MSN, CCRN-K, NE-BC has been in health care for 30 years, starting as a Med Surg LPN. Most of her experience is in critical care, as staff, and in leadership and management. She currently practices in Virginia as Critical Care Director, and has done project management and lean work as a green belt and is part of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Nursing Practice, with a Project on Compassion Fatigue awareness. She aspires to Dr. Jean Watson’s work on Caring as a science and is currently working on a SMYS caring survey.
Adept at public speaking , Stephanie has been on local television speaking to the community on health related topics from ebola to family calling rapid response. In her personal life she resides with her husband and between the two of them have 7 children, 8 grandchildren and one grandchild on the way. For stress reduction, she is lead singer in a classic rock band and loves singing with her youngest daughter ,Jorja, who has special needs.

Southeast Region if currently comprised of the following states:
Florida,Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Northeast Region:

Rebecca Love BA, MSN, RN, ANP

Rebecca Love is an Adult Nurse Practitioner & Founder ofHireNurses.com. Rebecca received her Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from Boston University and her Nursing/Masters of Nursing from Northeastern University. After having worked on a Presidential Campaign in which the issue of healthcare was at the forefront, Rebecca realized it would be better to be part of the choir, than to preach to the choir, and chose to become a Nurse – a career that has taken her to being a Nurse Practitioner, a Professor of Nursing at a Boston College and ultimately a nursing entrepreneur and business owner – and now joining as a Board Member and Northeast Regional Director for Show Me Your Stethoscope. Outside of her professional life, Rebecca serves as a Board Member on multiple non-profit boards, Chairs Nursing Conferences and Events, and is a married, mom of 3 wonderful, young children living in Boston, Massachusetts. “I am thrilled to formally be joining Show Me Your Stethoscope. There are 3.1 million Registered Nurses in the United States that are on the frontlines of healthcare – it is time they are in the boardrooms and policy making meetings that impact the future of healthcare. I believe Show Me Your Stethoscope has the ability to bring forth changes in ways Nursing has not been able to do so before and am thrilled to be part of such an amazing organization.”

Northeast Region presently constituted by the following states and territories: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Rhode Island, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

Western Region:

Michelle Anderson
Married for 18 years, three children (17, 13, 8). Native to Woodland, California (Sacramento area). Love and passion in health care is anything geriatric related. 25 years of healthcare experience (CNA, EMT, LPN, RN. BSN). Currently in school for MSN- Nurse Executive Board Certification and CLNC. Next Step is AGNP. Experience includes community health, rehab, orthopedics, Neuro, sales/marketing, and Administration. I hold current board positions with PC-HEART, PCORI-UIMPACT, and UAHC. Presently I work for SilverVue as a Sales Executive/Care Navigation specialist where we create healthcare technology that is meaningful for our healthcare communities. Hobbies include cooking, anything out doors, and work

Western Region presently constituted by the following states and territories: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Utah

Far-West Region:

Carey Segelke Coomer, BSN, RN. Graduated ADN 2000 from Chattanooga State Community College. BSN 2011
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, current Maryville University, Saint Louis MO, Family Nurse Practitioner. Plans for a post-Master’s in Nurse Leadership and Management
Current job at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. ED, ICU, L&D experience.
Mother of 4, ages 28-11, including a nurse. Mimi to two girls, ages 6 & 4. Born in Knoxville, but has lived in Chattanooga, Houston, and currently resides in San Francisco. Enjoys running and reading. Carey has been part of SMYS since the first day, and has contributed her time and passion to the cause.

Far West Region presently constituted by the following states and territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

Midwest Region:

Dr Mica Frey-Harris received an associate in arts degree from North Iowa Area Community College, an associate degree in nursing from North Iowa Area Community College, a baccalaureate of science degree in nursing from The University of Iowa, a master’s of science degree in nursing leadership and management and a post-master’s certificate in nursing education from Walden University, and a doctorate in nursing practice from St. Catherine University. Dr. Frey Harris is also a board certified nurse executive. Mother of three boys, 18-25. Mimi of one granddaughter (1 year). Nursing experience in LTC, NICU, GI, Homecare, Infusion, PICC/IV team. Loves to read non-fiction and is a documentary nerd. She was born and raised in Iowa.

Mid-West Region presently constituted by the following states and territories: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, W. Virginia, and Minnesota.


Please make yourself known to these wonderful nurse leaders, and help them in any way you can.

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Hush Little Baby….

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Don’t say a word….until you read this.

On January 3, 2016, a nurse went to work and arrived for her shift around 7:30am. She collapsed at work and went into cardiac arrest. By the grace of God, they were able to save the baby, but the nurse, despite everyone’s best efforts, did not survive.

Her name was Tanisha Patrice Malloy.tanisha

Baby Patrick survived.  His daddy is in LPN school.  He is heartsick, and is now the single father of three children.  One, a preemie.


There was a fundraising page.  It was fully funded. We are not participating.

I want to have a baby shower for this gorgeous little boy.  A Worldwide Baby Shower.  A Healthcare and Worldwide Baby Shower for our fallen sister, Tanisha who died doing what she loved.


Baby Patrick will never know his Mama, but her nursing family around the world can provide some necessities for her darling boy.  Her boyfriend Dennis is crushed, and now has to raise their children alone.  patrick

The baby is a preemie, but doing surprisingly well. Can you help? Would you be interested if I set up a baby shower list like the Christmas wish lists we did?

Comment and let me know.

He is so beautiful.  I only wish his Mama could have lived to see him.





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