Jeramy Logan has been a fixture around our clinics since … well, just about the beginning. It’s been great to watch him take initiative and advance in his career over the years. Not too long ago, Jeramy became a Registered Nurse, so a big congrats to him! He also has some other letters after his name, which he explains a bit later in this post.
Anyway, we wanted to acknowledge the accomplishment and introduce him to those of you he's not met yet. We also want to let our clinic folks know if there is an employee who would be willing to answer our email questions about their career, life, the medical field, and other deep thoughts — send your suggestion to: !
Cure 4 The Kids: Jeramy - you have worked at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation for how long? Something tells me you will remember your first day. Care to share?
Jeramy: As a volunteer, I started before the doors of our clinic were actually even open in September of 2006. My first day consisted of peeling off old wallpaper and painting at our old location on Desert Inn. As a paid employee though, my first day was in June of 2010. I had already been volunteering full-time in Medical Records, but my first paid day was in the middle of our switch from paper records to electronic records, which also consisted of scanning all of our old paper records. All 3 and a half years of them. That was tedious work, but we made it fun as best we could.
Cure 4 The Kids: During your time in the clinic how many different titles or jobs did you hold?
Jeramy: I’ve worn many hats over the years, both as a volunteer and as an employee. As a volunteer I did a lot, including, but not limited to, cleaning the toilets and taking out the trash, as well as playing with and doing art with patients getting chemo or infusions, I also worked in the front desk, medical records, and pretty much did whatever else was needed. Eventually I transitioned into patient care as a medical assistant, and things sort of evolved over time. Although my training was non-traditional, I also functioned as an EMT for several years, then after nursing school as an RN as well.
Cure 4 The Kids: You have worked quite hard to improve your skills and board-certifications during your time with us. I just looked at your email signature and saw just about every letter in the alphabet after your name. Many of these will be unfamiliar to those outside of nursing or the medical field.
RN means Registered Nurse, which you knew already.
CEN means Certified Emergency Nurse. This is a board certification that requires passing a pretty intense exam, and then once certified, requires a significant amount of continuing education to maintain, much more so than what is required for my nursing license.
AS means Associate Degree of Science. I actually have two, one of which is my
NRAEMT means Nationally Registered Advanced Emergency Medical \ Technician, meaning I am a nationally certified as an Advanced EMT. Basically, I’m one step below a Paramedic in the EMS. In addition to being nationally certified, I am also licensed at the State and County levels.
Cure 4 The Kids: In addition to being a Registered Nurse, it looks like you are also a skills instructor. Tell me about that.
Jeramy: A big part of what I do has to do with education. I work in conjunction with our Staff Educator to develop and implement a variety of trainings. Anything from training new employees on using equipment to training staff on patient assessment techniques. I also help in continuing to keep the clinical staff’s skills sharp by running simulations and other training scenarios.
Cure 4 The Kids: What do you remember about working/training as an EMT? I would think that during the training you would be put you in some true emergency, life-saving — and maybe life-threatening — situations. Or have I watched too many medical shows?
Jeramy: Well I remember a lot, considering I still practice as an EMT on the weekends. I finished my first level of EMT training toward the end of 2010, then my next two levels in 2011 and 2013 respectively. But yes, I’ve been put in some crazy situations before. I’ve been in some dangerous situations and I’ve been in many very critical situations as well. Some that ended in a positive way, and some that didn’t. And sometimes it can be like what you see on TV, but not always.
Cure 4 The Kids: What made you want to become a Registered Nurse?
Jeramy: Well, I wanted to continue to develop my medical training and knowledge, and I had the option of going to Paramedic School or to Nursing School, but I chose nursing because, as a career, it has more opportunity for growth. Though, one day, I will go back and complete Paramedic training as well
Cure 4 The Kids: In full disclosure, you are the son of Annette Logan, our CEO. Although you have learned the information, learned skills, passed the tests and performed under pressure, she must have given you advice about working in the medical field.
Jeramy: She certainly has. Having done just about every job in healthcare herself, and having been in pretty much every specialty as well, she obviously had a lot of advice to give me along the way. When I decided to go to EMT School, she told me about her time as an EMT overseas. She also told me about all of her experiences as a CNA, LPN, and RN when I was considering going to Nursing School. She’s always been the one to encourage me to do more and to go farther. In turn, she expects a lot from me, but that’s because she knows I can handle it. And I get asked these same next questions often, so for anyone who is reading this and wondering, yes, I call her by her first name, and no, it isn’t weird.
Cure 4 The Kids: You’ve been part of the team treating a lot of children facing some pretty big diagnoses. As part of that, you’ve helped with countless port access procedures, blood tests and so much more. Is there a secret to working with children and the sometimes scary procedures you need to conduct?
Jeramy: I don’t think there’s a secret to it. I always tell people never to lie to a child. If something is going to hurt, tell them. If you say it won’t hurt, and then it does, you’ve lost that child’s trust, and probably made the whole experience traumatic for them. Really though, sick or not sick, kids just want to be kids. So the faster we get them back to being a kid, the easier it is for everyone. And sometimes, just getting down on their level and playing or talking, even for a moment, can have an overwhelmingly positive effect.
I recall one day, years ago, I had to draw blood from a patient. It was the first time I had met this patient before, so I took a moment to distract him and play with the stuffed snowman he brought with him. Of course, I had blood to draw, so we got started. During the process, he was upset, and crying, but as soon as I was done, he just wanted me to pick him up and hold him while we played with his stuffed snowman again. He was about 18 months old at the time, and his mother said I was the only person he ever let pick him up besides her and his father. We were buddies after that and he never once cried again when getting his blood drawn, as long as it was me doing it. With anyone else though, he would cry.
Cure 4 The Kids: What have some of these patients taught you?
Jeramy: Over the years, these kids have taught me a great many things. How to be a better healthcare provider, how to be a better friend, and overall, how to be a better person. I’ve learned so much! Too much, in fact, to write it all down. But I will say that I have to use this opportunity to give a shout out to one of my angels, who taught me more about living life in the 3 short years I knew her than I had ever learned before. So, in honor of her, I will now list for you “Avery’s Tips For Life”:
1) Do fun things with friends and/or family.
2) Have something fun to look forward to.
3) Write a journal to express your feelings.
4) Get involved!
5) Get to know others.
These 5 “Tips”, as Avery called them, are not exactly profound, but their beauty is in their simplicity. Go do fun things with and enjoy the people you care about. Don’t just get so caught up in life that you forget to actually live. Write down or talk about how you feel and how your day was, good or bad, and you’ll be surprised at how much better it makes you feel. Have interests and get involved, with church or a charity or whatever you’d like, just get out there and do things for other people. And finally, we’re surrounded by people each and every day, get to know them, and you’ll constantly be amazed by just how special everyone can be.
I know she’s smiling looking down on all of the people that love her and those she has impacted, Gummy Bear included.