Holding Hands and Saving Lives
|Marian Mariconda, RN
Jacobi Medical Center
Whether she is attending to an urgent life-threatening emergency or comforting a patient’s worried family, each day in Jacobi’s ER is an adventure for nurse Marian Mariconda.
“When you do this kind of work, you can never assume you have seen it all,” said Mariconda. “With every tour in the Emergency Department I gain important knowledge and experience that I can use to help the patients who come to us for care.”
When someone is admitted to the ER, it’s often a race against the clock, but Mariconda’s energy and efficiency bring reassurance to her patients and colleagues in even the most stressful of situations. On a regular shift, Mariconda sees about 30 patients who come in with mix of emergencies consisting everything from motor vehicle accidents and burns to internal bleeding or cardiac arrest.
“Marian is extremely thorough when treating patients and goes above and beyond expectations,” said Elizabeth Livoti-Trupia, R.N., Emergency Department Supervisor at Jacobi Medical Center. “Even during difficult days, she’s never in a bad mood and is always optimistic.”
Mariconda joined the staff at Jacobi Medical Center in 1989, after earning her B.S. in Nursing. Before that she had gained first hand experience in nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Her outstanding service received special tribute from the hospital when she was nominated by Jacobi to be acknowledged at HHC’s 2006 Employee Recognition Event.
Mariconda says giving her patients top quality care is always important, but so is lending a sympathetic ear. She recalls an occasion when an elderly woman approached her in distress about her granddaughter, who had suffered a serious asthma attack.
“I took her hand and led her in to see her granddaughter, whom we had fortunately been able to stabilize,” said Mariconda. “I’ll never forget her heartfelt appreciation for the care her granddaughter had received. And the big hug she gave me – that will be with me always.”