Children's HeartLink medical volunteer and pediatric cardiac ICU nurse Karin Robeck from the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital will share her volunteer experiences at the evening program, highlighting her most recent trip to The First Hospital of Lanzhou University in Lanzhou, China.
"I really enjoy meeting and working with the staff at the hospital in Lanzhou
Having been there a couple of times now, we have gotten to know each other which has made it easier to share knowledge and information back and forth.
While the goal is to enhance their knowledge and provide them with the training they need to provide excellent care, I come away with a deeper understanding of my own nursing practice," said Robeck
Medical Volunteer Spotlight: Karin Robeck, R.N.
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Karin Robeck, R.N., is a pediatric cardiac ICU nurse at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.
"I provide essential nursing care for children with heart defects and heart disease, helping families through one of the most difficult times in their child's life," said Robeck
has volunteered for Children's HeartLink
for two years, traveling on two separate cardiac training visits to Lanzhou, China, and our partner First Hospital of Lanzhou University
During that time, she
has witnessed several advancements at FHLU's
"One of the things I noticed in the ICU on my first visit to Lanzhou
was how they managed pain immediately after surgery, and how that affected progressing the patient toward removing the breathing tube," said Robeck
second training visit to FHLU
in January 2012.
"The most touching moment for me on this trip," she
said, "was watching a mother visit her
son in the ICU for the first time after his
was overcome with emotion and kept touching her
son from head to toe, making sure that everything was okay.
With tears in her
looked up at me and said, 'Xie xie,' or 'Thank you.'"
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Medical volunteers from University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital: Cindy Hacker, R.T. (left), Karin Robeck, R.N. (center), and Grace Walker, R.N. (right)