Danny B., RN
To talk to Danny, it’s easy to forget he’s only 23 years old.
He’s deep and thoughtful: He initially studied engineering in college, but switched to nursing because he learned the value of just being present in someone’s life by volunteering in a nursing home.
He’s skilled: He cares for a three-year-old with a rare condition, providing tracheostomy and ventilator care management.
He’s a hero: He saved his young client’s life.
Danny would never refer to himself as a hero, but he’s proud—and rightfully, so—of how his calm demeanor and high-tech skills helped prevent a true emergency, and potentially, a tragedy. In his own words:
“I went with my client and his family to a restaurant, just down the street. I packed up everything we needed, and soon after we got there, Declan began having difficulty breathing. We didn’t know then that his allergy medicine wasn’t prescribed at the right dosage, so he was having a reaction. I started the portable ventilator, but the battery suddenly shorted out and was useless. His mom and I decided it was best to run back to the house to get the equipment we needed, but partway there, we realized we wouldn’t make it in time. So, right there on the sidewalk, I began manually suctioning Declan and kept him breathing until she could get the car to take us back home, where we got his breathing back to normal. It’s crazy to think that I found myself in that situation after being a nurse for only five months! I’m just happy I had great training and knew what to do.”
And, surely, no one’s happier than Declan’s family.
Cultivating close relationships
Danny came to BAYADA at the beginning of 2018 when Declan’s family switched home care companies. They were unsatisfied with some of the nurses and asked Danny and another nurse to stay with them as they transitioned. He agreed. Danny had only been with his other company a brief time, but felt a commitment to the family and wanted to continue caring for Declan.
He has a good relationship with Declan’s family, but understands and keeps his boundaries. Declan’s family took Danny along on a road trip to Utah, where they skied and just enjoyed the time being a ‘regular family.’ Danny was just happy to be a part of it.
“I really enjoy the thoroughness and personalization of home care,” explains Danny. “It gives me time to tend to Declan as a whole person and to help him enjoy just being a kid.”
Danny also loves the relationships he’s developed with his BAYADA office team. “They are always so accommodating and supportive. I’ve started going back to school part time for my BSN, and they allow me to work three, 10-hour shifts so I can manage my schoolwork. It’s been great.”
Making the world a better place
At such a young age, Danny likely has a long nursing career ahead of him. What does he see for his future?
He says he wants to help create a healthier society, where disease prevention rather than treatment is the focus. And he’d like to use his position to educate and motivate people to live better lives.
“I want to be the change I want to see,” says Danny, sounding like someone far beyond his years. “I want to work in a place that is in line with my values—BAYADA is one of those places.”
Hometown: Maplewood, MN
Education: I received my ASN at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, MN. I am currently pursing my BSN at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Advice to my younger self
Actions speak louder than words. I share my passion for nursing through my deliberate actions to care for my patients and improve their health and well-being to the best of my ability.
Take care of yourself by starting small. Drink more water, cut out screen time, focus on the people and things you value, wake up early to make your bed and visualize and meditate on the day ahead. Self-care is self-love, and without it, you’ll be stressed and won’t be able to give your best care to others.
Go into every shift in search of something to learn. Ask difficult questions. Be courageous, curious, and vulnerable. Accept imperfections and failures as stepping stones to becoming a better nurse.