Lana Horne, RN
My name is Lana Horne and I am a Registered Nurse with nearly thirty years of experience living in Springtown, PA. I received my Associates of Nursing Degree (ADN) from Bucks County Community College, and my Bachelors of Nursing Degree (BSN) from Regis University, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with highest distinguished honors.
I began my nursing career at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia specializing in neurology, neurosurgery and orthopedics. This included working with quadriplegics and other patients with various degrees of mobility and activity impairments. I was quickly promoted to Charge Nurse and became responsible for the care of the entire patient unit, which consisted of 34 patients, as well as supervising and training new RN’s, LPN’s, and nurse’s aides.
Always wanting to learn and grow, a few years later I expanded my nursing knowledge and experience to care for patients with cardiac and gastrointestinal issues. I then learned to care for patients in Jefferson’s four specialty Intensive Care Units, Emergency Room, Recovery Room, and Trauma Unit. My training continued so that I could care for patients in the Behavioral Health/Psychiatric and Adolescent Units, and in the Outpatient Cancer Clinic.
A unique opportunity of working in an autonomous self-governing nurse - run unit at Cooper Hospital was offered to me, which I accepted. In this unit I cared for patients immediately after having had open heart surgery, and up until the time of their hospital discharge. Despite little oversight and intervention from physicians, these patient had tremendously successful outcomes and healed quickly with few complications, which allowed them to be discharged sooner.
I was then recruited by several nursing agencies to work full time in various hospital and outpatient settings to supplement staffing and nursing needs. These assignments included:
- Albert Einstein Medical Center
- Delaware County Prison
- Eagleville Psychiatric Hospital
- Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute
- Easton Hospital
- Friends Hospital
- Geisinger Medical Center
- Hahnemann Hospital
- Internal Revenue Service – Occupational Health Nurse
- Medical College of Pennsylvania
- Montgomery County Correctional Institute
- Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
- Pennsylvania Hospital
- Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders
- Southampton Estates Skilled Nursing Facility (Nursing Supervisor)
- St. Luke’s Hospital
- Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
- University of Pennsylvania
- Warminster General Hospital
- Private Duty for various patients and families
Although my nursing assignments through nursing agencies were temporary, many organizations requested that I stay on with them. In the 1990’s, Temple University Hospital was the top heart transplant hospital in the country and I could not resist their offer to work with heart transplant patients. However, in 1998, after moving from Central Bucks County, where I had lived all of my life, to Upper Bucks County, I found the commute to Philadelphia to be too taxing. At the same time, I had just completed my certification as a massage therapist and my training as a movement therapist. I also found myself gravitating to a more holistic approach to nursing and patient care. So I decided to explore Home Care and Visiting Nursing and took a position at Abington Hospital’s Home Care and Hospice. I soon discovered that not only was caring for patients in their own environment my passion, but that it also allowed me to practice nursing in a more independent and self-directed fashion, using my nursing judgment, and being the “eyes and ears” of physicians. In the first year I was working at Abington, our team won an award for reducing the hospital readmission rate for our Medicare patients by 26%.
As I continued in my home care career, however, I began to realize that many patients, especially the senior population, still needed, and could greatly benefit from, nursing care even after their insurance would no longer pay for home visits. Consequently, I made it my goal to somehow still help these patients. I have now made that goal a reality; I help seniors in our community in their homes in whatever way I can. By combining my vast nursing experience with my training as a massage and movement therapist, my studies in nutrition, and my background as a professional dancer and dance teacher, I am able to motivate my patients to help themselves improve both physically and mentally. In this way I am able to make the lives of my senior patients better and their families’ lives easier.