As an emergency cardiovascular care researcher and emergency department nurse, Jessica Zègre-Hemsey, PhD, RN, was intrigued and inspired by the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline.
So when she was asked last year to join the cardiovascular system of care program as a representative from the Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council, she eagerly accepted.
“Working with others who are passionate about improving patient care and outcomes for those afflicted with acute coronary syndrome, stroke and sudden cardiac arrest has been, thus far, one of the highlights of my career as a nurse-scientist,” said Zègre-Hemsey, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing in Chapel Hill.
Zègre-Hemsey’s AHA membership — especially her work with Mission: Lifeline — reflects her commitment to advancing cardiovascular health and outcomes.
“I’m passionate about Mission: Lifeline and the group’s commitment to its overarching goals,” said Zègre-Hemsey, who was recently nominated to serve on the Mission: Lifeline Steering Committee.
“I hope to continue my work with this dynamic committee, which seeks to advance cardiovascular systems of care for time-sensitive conditions and improve patient access to definitive care and ultimately better patient outcomes. Serving as a representative of the Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council gives me the opportunity to bring nursing to the table of this highly interdisciplinary committee.”
Zègre-Hemsey, who is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, said she joined the AHA in 2002 to disseminate her research, which focuses on non-invasive monitoring strategies to improve the diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome and other time-sensitive conditions.
“I value the active engagement with colleagues — all of whom share a passion for cardiovascular science, research and strategies to improve patient outcomes — that comes with getting involved at AHA,” Zègre-Hemsey said.