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Celebrating our Board Certified Nurses

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Hutchinson Health Celebrates Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by Honoring the 18 Board Certified Nurses on its Staff

Hutchinson Health is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, on March 19, by honoring its board-certified nurses. The following nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care:

  • Maureen Lowden, RNC:  Inpatient Obstetrical Nurse
  • Nicole Kuttner, IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Janelle Walter, IBCLC:  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Lee Krenik, IBCLC:  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Lindsey Vacek, IBCLC:  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Teresa Smith, ACNS-BC:  Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Holly Oestreich, CDE:  Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Carol Lorenz, CDE:  Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Cassie Carlson, CEN:  Certified Emergency Nurse
  • Renee Kurth, CAN:  Certified Anticoagulation Nurse
  • Deidra Jeseritz, CAN:  Certified Anticoagulation Nurse
  • Alyssa Kurth, CAN:  Certified Anticoagulation Nurse
  • Heidi Nelson, RN-BC:  Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification
  • Kris Peterson, RN-BC:  Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification
  • Penny Wachlarowicz, RN-BC:  Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification
  • Sue Alrick, ONC:  Oncology Certified Nurse
  • Shari Heinen, ONC:  Oncology Certified Nurse
  • Susan Karnitz, NEA-BC: Nurse Executive Advanced

Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like health care in general has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.

Hutchinson Health encourages national board certification for all its nurses. Patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit a hospital or their primary care provider. There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA).

Please join Hutchinson Health and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, and a job well done!

 

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