Medical Device Integration Blog

Be Prepared!

Posted by Cyndi Coyne, RN on Sep 22, 2015 @ 04:00 AM

In addition to being a nurse, I have been the proud mom to a Boy Scout for quite some time now.  He absolutely loves the Scouts and it’s been a wonderful experience for him.  I have to admit, he is growing and maturing into quite a fine young man and, with the help of great Scout Masters as well as a lot of hard work on his part, he’s developed leadership skills that he would’ve had a hard time acquiring outside of Scouts.  His ultimate goal is to become an Eagle Scout.  He is well on his way and I have no doubt he will attain it.

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Tags: Nurses, Nursing Stories, Clinical, Clinical Analytics, Nurses Week, Clinical Documentation

Five life lessons I learned from a nurse

Posted by W. Jeffrey Rice on May 13, 2015 @ 04:30 AM

Mother’s Day and National Nurses Week are two celebrations that for me fall perfectly into place. I have always been grateful to have a mother who raised me to have strong values, high morals, and integrity. However, until now I never considered how many of these traits came directly from her role as a Registered Nurse. Throughout her career she demonstrated her belief system through her actions, how she cared for her patients and the experiences she shared.

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Tags: Nurses, Nursing Stories, Nurses Week

Capsule's National Nurses Week 2015 survey

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on May 07, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Treat your team to coffee, on Capsule!

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Tags: Nurses, Nurses Week

You Know You're a Nurse When...

Posted by Capsule on May 09, 2014 @ 02:30 PM



1. You have a bladder of steel.

2. You can concentrate so hard you look up and 8 hours have passed.

3. Exercising is walking the psych patients through the hospital tunnels.

4. There is no topic off limits during dinner.

5. Your feet still ache the morning after a shift.

6. Friends call you and tell you things about them you never wanted to know.

7. You use bandage tape like duct tape.

8. You can carry on an entire conversation in acronyms only.

9. You've eaten applesauce and graham crackers for lunch... from your medcart.

10. You can drink a pot of coffee, then go home and go to bed.

11. Eating cake and ice cream at 6am is perfectly normal …at the nursing station.

12. You carry a variety of Band-Aids, gauze, preps and pain relievers in your purse.


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Tags: Nurses Week, Fun Friday

Leadership Is An Element Of Practice For All Nurses

Posted by Capsule on May 08, 2014 @ 03:00 PM


Capsule is delighted to introduce our team of highly experienced nurses.


Susan Niemeier


Role at Capsule: Chief Nursing Officer

Degrees & Certifications: RN, ADN; BSN – University of Missouri; MHA – Saint Louis University

First Job in Nursing: Staff nurse at Christian Hospital BJC HealthCare.

Who/what inspired you to become a nurse? My grandfather was gravely ill, battling lung cancer when I was a pre-teen. I felt helpless, desperate to know what to do and what to say as he suffered during the stressful remaining months. This experience inspired me to be knowledgeable about the human body, illness and generally, healthcare. I vowed to be an advocate to those who need a voice and nursing was that fit.

Most people don’t know that I: Am an avid and passionate mountain biker.

One thing I want to learn: To play the piano.

If I had more time, I’d: Dust off the brushes & easel and paint again.


Michelle Grate


Role at Capsule: Senior Project Manager

Degrees & Certifications: RN, MSN, CPHIMS

Hospitals / Organizations Worked At: University of Kentucky HealthCare, Holy Cross Hospital, Central Baptist Hospital, Ephraim McDowell Hospital, Synapticore LLC, Capsule Tech.

Areas of the hospital you have worked: Women’s Care, Mother/Baby, Labor & Delivery, Home Care, Surgery, IT

Who/what inspired you to become a nurse? Actually, I did not have a noble calling to be a nurse. Fresh out of high school I knew I could be a RN in 2 years and make decent money in rural Eastern Kentucky.

Which care environment(s) of the hospital did you most enjoy working? Labor and delivery, it was usually a great experience and the families remembered me for years to come.

If you had one superpower, what would it be? I would love to just pass by any location and it would instantly become clean and beautiful again, I would just travel the world making it beautiful everywhere and wave to the crowds.


Karen Lund


Role at Capsule: Clinical Consultant

Degrees & Certifications: RN, BSN, MSN/NIF in progress

Hospitals / Organizations Worked At: New England Deaconess Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, UCSD Medical Center, Scripps Healthcare

Areas of the hospital you have worked: SICU, MI/CCU, Heart Lung Transplant, IT

Who/what inspired you to become a nurse? I was a candy striper and saw what I call the fantastic voyage.  I got to look through a learning scope as a doc did a bronchoscopy in search of aspirated pizza.

What is the most rewarding part of being a nurse – to you? Fixing problems, Macgyvering things.

What is the biggest adventure you have ever been on? Life is an everyday adventure. I like being out in the middle of nowhere in a forest or foreign country.


Halley Cooksey


Role at Capsule: Clinical Consultant

Degrees & Certifications: RN

First Job in Nursing: Right out of nursing school I was hired in the ER.

Hospitals / Organizations Worked At: University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center

Areas of the hospital you have worked: ER and Clinical Information Systems.

Which care environment(s) of the hospital did you most enjoy working? I loved the ER.

What do you enjoy most about being a nurse on the vendor side of healthcare? I get to help other nurses take the best care possible of their patients.

What is your favorite cereal? Honey Bunches of Oats.


Cyndi Coyne


Role at Capsule: Clinical Consultant

Degrees & Certifications: RN, ASN

First Job in Nursing: Surgical Telemetry followed quickly by a stint in a Trauma ICU at a Level 2 Trauma Center.

Hospitals / Organizations Worked At: Parkview Health and Lutheran Health Network

Areas of the hospital you have worked: Surgical Telemetry, ICU, Endoscopy, GI Rounding Nurse/Physician Extender, and Information Services.

Who/what inspired you to become a nurse? It’s sounds corny but I love helping people (isn’t that what all nurses say?!) and I love the science part of it all too. The human body is absolutely AMAZING!

What healthcare IT initiatives are you most passionate about? Easing the load on my fellow nurses so they can do their number one job: take care of patients!

What is the biggest adventure you have ever been on? Going to Italy on my own at just 17 years old.


Want to know more about our team of amazing nurses?
Leave a comment below during Nurses Week and you will receive a Capsule Nurses Kit in the mail!
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Tags: Nurses Week