April 2016

Member of the Quarter

Aruna Maharjan, RN, BSN, CCRN

Aruna Maharjan, RN, BSN, CCRN graduated from New Mexico Junior College in 2013 with her ADN-RN and then obtained her BSN from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2015. Her first year as a nurse she worked in the emergency room at Seminole Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Covenant Medical Center in January of 2015 to work in the Surgical ICU. Very early in her nursing career, Aruna has already been recognized for excellence in her hospital. She received the Daisy Award and bedside nurse researcher of the year in 2016. She is also a secondary co-investigator in a multisite research study: Investigating nurse response to system failures: Engaging direct care nurses in the STAR-2++ study on pediatrics, surgical intensive care, and oncology units. Aruna has also presented on the impact of early enteral nutrition in critically ill patients.

What she enjoys most about being a nurse is having the ability to heal the patient’s and their family’s life. “Healing” to her doesn’t always necessarily mean curing their disease process or save them from a life threatening event. Often, small acts of kindness like holding their hands, listening to them, or just letting them know that she cares about them always makes a big difference on their outlook and treatment process. She feels that although some of her patients have passed while caring for them, she always feels great satisfaction knowing that the care delivered was with upmost compassion and respect. The greatest joy she experiences as a nurse is being able to deliver compassionate care to all patients and families.

Her plans for the future of nursing is to pursue her DNP in Anesthesia and is hoping she will get accepted to Texas Christian University sometime this year. She would then like to travel around the world especially in the healthcare deprived part of the third world countries and aid the healthcare team as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. One day she would like to be an educator in a hospital or university and excel in the field of Translational Research in nursing.

Aruna was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal and moved to the United States in 2010 as an International exchange student. She is very passionate about learning and teaching. When Aruna isn’t working or researching she loves to travel, meet new people, listen to their stories and experience new cultures and customs. She is happily married and her husband is her biggest supporter regarding her passion for education. She also loves gardening, but realizes it is a little hard to garden in West Texas because of the extreme weather. However, this year she is thankful for the rain because it has tremendously helped her vegetable garden. Aruna loves to watch movies, especially science fiction, horror and super hero movies. One of her all-time favorite is Star Wars and Harry Potter movie series.

She would like to thank Dr. Jaime Roney, Research Council of Covenant Health System, Research Academy, collaborative of Covenant Health, University Medical Center, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Lubbock Christian University for teaching and encouraging her to learn about aspects of research and the importance of applying Evidence-based practice to the bedside.

Congratulations Aruna! Sigma Theta Tau-Iota Mu is proud of your accomplishments!