Get to know Registered Nurse Ronald G. Lindaman, who serves patients in Niagara Falls, New York.
Ronald is a registered nurse who works within the Intermediate Care Unit and the Cardiac Stroke Unit at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in New York.
“As nurses on this floor, we are assigned a certain number of patients which can range from 4 to 8 depending on the staffing levels and it is our job to assess each patient and look and watch for any abnormalities or changes in their condition. If we find any irregularities, we use our critical thinking skills to see if there is something that we can do to improve their situation and if not, we contact the doctor via the charge nurse on the floor” he stated.
Prior to his current endeavours, Ronald worked as a corrections officer for about eight years. It was during this time that he took a two-week vacation to work at the hospital and see if he liked it. He got a glimpse of what the job and setting involved, and decided to resign from his position as a corrections officer and start his career as a registered nurse. “Working in the hospital environment and with the nurses is what then persuaded me to return to school and begin my journey to become a registered nurse” he recalled.
After earning his high school diploma with a concentration in Music and Science from Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School, Ronald went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Pensacola Christian College in 1997. Years later, he graduated with his Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree from Trocaire College in Buffalo, New York in May of 2016.
The sacrifices he had to make, the support from his mother, family, and colleagues, as well as the encouragement for his best friend, Paul, are what motivated him to persevere and finish nursing school. There were several times he wanted to drop out, but because of the support he had, he stuck with it no matter how hard and stressful it got.
When he started at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in 2007, Ronald was assigned to the Female Adult Psychiatric Unit. After working within the unit for about five years, he then applied and accepted another position in the Psychiatric Emergency Room Unit and was there for about five years before he took a job as a registered nurse. “I guess what motivates me the most is the fact that I have a job where I can help people especially when they are at their weakest and try to put a smile on their face because I do care for all my patients and I want them to see that I do care. Now that is what a nurse is supposed to do every day while they are at the hospital and not just for one patient but all of them” he stated.
Ronald strives to make a difference in the lives of his patients by being friendly, no matter what their situation is, and treating each one of them with compassion and overall respect. “The longer you work as a registered nurse, the more you learn about diseases, medications, and other treatment modalities. With this knowledge, you can educate your patient to help them learn about their illness or disease and teach them what they should do to get better and stay healthy when they are discharged from the hospital. Lastly, as a nurse, you must have a calm demeanor in every situation that comes up, and when you are calm, that can also calm the patient down as well” as stated by him.
Among his various achievements, he holds certifications in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Telemetry. He has also served as an HIV test pre- and post-test counselor, teaching HIV education and performing HIV testing.
To stay up to date in his field, Ronald remains a member of the International Nurses Association, which was founded on the idea that professional achievement is deserving of recognition, exposure, and reward.
A Registered Nurse (RN) is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program and met the requirements outlined by a country, state, province or similar licensing body to obtain a nursing license. RNs fulfill a variety of job duties. In addition to their primary role in treating and caring for patients, their responsibilities also include educating patients and the public about a variety of medical conditions, as well as providing emotional support and advice to the families of their patients. Other RN job functions include leadership, research, performing diagnostic tests and analyzing results, operating medical equipment, administering medications, recording patients’ symptoms and medical histories, and assisting with patient rehabilitation and follow-up.
On a more personal note, Ronald was born in North Tonawanda. His favorite place to vacation is in Hawaii. His favorite movie genres are: comedies, science fiction, horror, and documentaries. He enjoys a whole bunch of music and it arrays from genres such as rock, hip hop, pop, classical, country, jazz, and blues.
Outside of practicing medicine, Ronald enjoys going to the gym, going to concerts, spending time with friends, as well as watching and going to sporting events. When asked who he would like to meet, he answered: “If I were to meet anyone, I would love to meet Dr. OZ because he has done so much in the field of medicine and I would just love to spend the day with him to watch how a typical day is for him when he is in the hospital.”
Learn More About Ronald G. Lindaman:
Through his online profile, https://todaysnurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4141510/info/