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Our Nurse of the Week is Margy Tepen, a recent nursing graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, who began her new career in the cardiac intensive care unit (ICU) at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, MO, last month.

As a cardiac nurse, Tepen will be closely monitoring post-heart attack, post-pacemaker implantation, post-open-heart surgery, cardiac drips, heart failure, and respiratory failure patients on the cardiac ICU stepdown floor.

Tepen’s time as a nursing student helped prepare and guide her into her career. Her clinical requirements included time in a hospital cardiac care unit, which inspired her to pursue her current role in the cardiac ICU. One day, she hopes to earn an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner degree and work alongside cardiologists.

Tepen tells news.semo.edu, “I completed an adult health clinical on the Progressive Care Unit at Saint Francis Medical Center (Cape Girardeau), and this floor had primarily cardiac and oncology patients. This is where I began to love the cardiac patients. This clinical and practicum helped me see the progression of cardiac patients and how their treatment was helping them. I was also able to gain a lot of experience in basic patient care and communication.”

During her time at Southeast, Tepen also honed her leadership skills, serving as representative and vice president for Southeast’s Student Nurses’ Association, and student representative for the Nursing Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and Sigma Theta Tau.

To learn more about Margy Tepen, a recent nursing graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, who began her new career in the cardiac intensive care unit last month, visit here.

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