Meet Yentel Newsome

Yentel Newsome, Nursing Student Award, Erin's Campaign for Kids Awards2018 Erin’s Campaign for Kids Nursing Award Winner in the category of Nursing Student

This year, the Erin’s Campaign for Kids Nursing Awards recognized two nursing students. One award was given to Yentel Newsome, a nurse tech II/clinical secretary at WakeMed Health & Hospitals’ children’s emergency department in Raleigh, North Carolina who is now a nursing student at Wake Tech Community College.

As a nurse tech for the past 11 years, Yentel has seen sepsis in children who present at the emergency department, and sometimes she is the first one who greets the patients and their family on arrival. Knowing that time is crucial, she quickly activates the critical care team to assess the patient if she suspects sepsis.

Yentel also has a closer connection to sepsis, having lost a family member to it. “I want to prevent other families from experiencing this unnecessary and preventable loss,” she wrote in her application for the award. “Working in the Children’s ED has helped me to gain an appreciation for interdisciplinary collaboration and how to advocate and facilitate this when we need to quickly respond and care for the pediatric patients that come in with signs and symptoms of sepsis.”

When Yentel was told she was one of this year’s Nursing Award recipients, she said, “I am humbled to accept this award and look forward as a future RN in helping to bring awareness and educate others about sepsis and what we can do as health workers to help in management and prevention.” She plans on using the award funds to develop a workshop for nursing students to educate them about sepsis and how to care for septic patients.