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2011-2012
Children’s Mercy
Nursing Annual
Report
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Dear Colleagues and Associates,
It is with great pride and excitement that we share the 2011 and 2012 Childrenís Mercy
Hospital Annual Nursing Report. Our achievements and accomplishments reflect the results
of effective strategic planning, collaboration, resource allocation and dedicated work teams
that focused on:
ï Elevating our professional profile
ï Improving our clinical outcomes
ï Managing and responding to unprecedented growth and change
ï Creating a culture that values innovation and research
ï Sustaining a positive and supportive practice environment
The success of this work was validated when we achieved our third Magnet Re-Designation
in September 2012. The Magnet Appraiserís final summary report identified 12 exemplars
(and no deficiencies), including:
1. TL4: CNOís organizational influence
2. TL4EO: Demonstration of CNO influenced organization-wide change
3. TL7: Nursing leadership values, encourages, recognizes, rewards and implements
innovation
4. TL10: Input from direct care nurses is used to improve the work environment and
patient care
5. SE3: The organization supports nurses at all levels to seek additional formal nursing
education
6. SE3EO: The organization has met goals for improvement in formal education
7. SE11: Structures and processes are in place to identify and allocate resources with
schools of nursing, consortiums and community outreach programs
8. SE13: Nursing and the organization establish partnerships to address the healthcare
needs of the community
9. SE15: The nursing community and the community at large recognize the value of
nursing in the organization
10. EP23: Resources are available to nurses to address complex ethical issues
11. NK4: Structures and processes have been established to develop, expand and
advance nursing research
12. NK6: Existing nursing practice is evaluated based on evidence
We took the time to enjoy and celebrate our achievements, but because the bar has been set
high, we quickly refocused and are back to work in our pursuit of excellence.
Respectfully,
Cheri Hunt, RN, MHA, BSN, NEA-BC
Vice President for Patient Care Services / Chief Nursing Officer
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Table of Contents
Introduction5
Care Delivery Systems
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Leadership and Governance
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Innovation69
Professional Development
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Statistics150
Children’s Mercy’s Mission:
Childrenís Mercy provides the highest level of medical care, technology,
services, equipment and facilities in promoting the health and well-being
of children in the region, from birth through adolescence. Patients and their
families are treated with compassion in a family-centered environment that
recognizes their physical, emotional, financial, social and spiritual needs. The
comprehensive health care environment provided by the hospital includes
clinical services, research and teaching efforts, which are designed to serve
todayís and tomorrowís children and the community in which they live.
Children’s Mercy’s Vision:
Childrenís Mercy commits to providing quality pediatric medical care with
service excellence and efficiency to everyone we serve.
Children’s Mercy’s Nursing Vision Statement:
The nurses of Childrenís Mercy are committed to advancing a culture of
quality caring that values relationship-based care in a professional practice
environment. We are nursing leaders in clinical care, education and research
that positively influence the health care of children and families in our local
and global communities.
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Children’s Mercy Receives Third Magnet® Designation!
On September 14, 2012, Cheri Hunt, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President for Patient Care
Services/Chief Nursing Officer, was notified that Childrenís Mercy had received its
third designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Centerís Magnet Recognition
ProgramÆ . Less than 7 percent of all health care facilities in the country are recognized
as MagnetÆ organizations. Currently, eight hospitals in Missouri and two in Kansas
have been designated as MagnetÆ hospitals. Childrenís Mercy was the first of these 10
hospitals to receive initial designation and also the first to be designated three times.
The designation process requires submission of documents demonstrating how the
organization is meeting the expectations of the program through the Magnet Model©.
The Magnet Model© is based on the integration of Global Issues in Nursing and Health
Care in five key areas: Transformational Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary
Professional Practice; New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements; and Empirical
Outcomes. These documents are reviewed by a set of appraisers who determine if the
organization has met the minimum expectations for a site visit.
The Childrenís Mercy site visit was held July 9-11, 2012. During the site visit, the same
appraisers who reviewed the documents came onsite to verify, clarify, amplify and
evaluate the culture of the organization. They engaged with employees, volunteers and
community supporters in a variety of methods including scheduled meetings, department
tours and informal interactions.
At the conclusion of the site visit, the MagnetÆ
appraisers completed a summary report
that described how the organization met
the expectations of the Magnet Recognition
ProgramÆ and highlighted areas of excellence
ñ or exemplars ñ they observed during their
review and site visit. Childrenís Mercy received
12 exemplars and no deficiencies ñ an
achievement that is nearly unheard of! These
exemplars were:
7. Structures and processes are in place
to identify and allocate resources with
schools of nursing, consortiums and
community outreach programs
8. Nursing and the organization establish
partnerships to address the health care
needs of the community
1. CNOís organizational influence
9. The nursing community and the
community at large recognize the value of
nursing in the organization
2. Demonstration of CNO influenced
organization-wide change
10. Resources are available to nurses to
address complex ethical issues
3. Nursing Leadership values, encourages,
recognizes, rewards and implements
innovation
11. Structures and processes have been
established to develop, expand and
advance nursing research
4. Input from direct care nurses is used
to improve the work environment and
patient care
12. Existing nursing practice is evaluated
based on evidence
Childrenís Mercy was recognized for this
achievement at the 2012 ANCC National
Magnet ConferenceÆ held in October
at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The organization will submit its next
application for re-designation in August
2015.
5. The organization supports nurses at all
levels to seek additional formal nursing
education
6. The organization has met goals for
improvement in formal education
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Children’s Mercy’s Nursing Professional Practice Model
Professional practice models serve as the guiding foundation for nursing
practice. They define how nurses practice, collaborate, communicate
and develop professionally in order to provide the highest level of
care for those served by the organization.
In 2010, Childrenís Mercy redefined the organizationís
professional practice model to more clearly articulate
the Department of Nursingís philosophy and strengthen
nursing practice. Designed as a compass to demonstrate
its role to guide nursing practice, it illustrates the
alignment and integration of nursing practice with the
mission, vision and values that Nursing has
adopted.
The Hospitalís Mission Statement and the
Nursing Vision Statement provide the boundaries
of the diagram, demonstrating alignment between the
organization and the Department of Nursing. The Quality
Caring Model serves as the theoretical framework for
nursing and sits in the center of the model. The four vectors
extending from the Quality Caring Model depict four essential
influencers of professional nursing practice: ethos, environment,
ethics and equity.
The remaining four quadrants of the figure link
the Nursing Vision Statement to the Professional
Practice Model and envelop the structures and
processes within nursing that foster and support
these characteristics:
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The Care Delivery System quadrant
reflects the compassionate care that
Childrenís Mercy nurses extend to
patients and their families in order to
facilitate healing and hope. It represents
nursingís commitment to service
excellence and the responsibility of every
nurse who does not care directly for
patients and their families to care for and
serve those who do.
The Leadership and Governance
quadrant represents the attributes of
respectful collaboration and professional
partnerships. These are operationalized
in the Childrenís Mercy Shared Decision
Making Model, Unit Councils, Hospital
Councils and other committees and
taskforces.
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The Innovation quadrant relates to the
attribute identified in the organizationís
nurses who use both experience and
imagination in order to develop novel
solutions to issues and problems, creating
nursing excellence in the process. The
Evidence Based Practice Collaborative,
Patient Care Services Research, Clinical
Informatics committees/departments
and others collaborate continuously with
direct care nurses to foster creativity and
innovation.
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In the Professional Development quadrant,
the structures and processes that foster
nursing confidence, enthusiasm and
aspiration and lead to progressive
improvement are featured. Examples of
the structures, which support this attribute
are the organizationís professional
development program, commitment to
continuing education for nursing and its
support of specialty certification.
In a very practical sense, it ìconnects the
dotsî between the committees, which
provide structure and their processes
and outcomes for nursing practice,
collaboration, communication and
professional development. Through the
integration of the compass, nurses are
able to evaluate their current practice
and determine if they are practicing
in alignment with the goals of the
department.
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Care Delivery
System
Fetal Health Center
Continues to Grow and
Expand Services
In 2009, Childrenís Mercy first announced
plans to establish a new Elizabeth J. Ferrell
Fetal Health Center to provide integrated,
multidisciplinary services to care for infants
with serious congenital birth defects before,
during and after delivery. One of the goals
of the Fetal Health Center involves rapid
attention to the newbornís needs by a
specialized neonatal and surgical team. This
type of program is one of only a few within
the United States. Although Childrenís Mercy
is a leader in clinical care for the pediatric
population, the Fetal Health Center is the
organizationís first venture into an adult
obstetric and fetal treatment unit.
ï January 2011 ñ Began full integration of
consultation processes. Patients now have
an entire medical team come to them in a
single appointment instead of the patient
having to attend several consultation
appointments in various locations.
ï February 2011 ñ Went live with Fetal Link,
Cernerís fetal monitoring program.
ï March 1, 2011 ñ Completed a contracted
agreement with Truman Medical Center
to provide an on-call Critical Care Team
for any rapid response or code event for
mothers in the Fetal Health Center.
ï March 10, 2011 ñ Maddox Hodges is the
first baby born in the Fetal Health Center.
ï August 2011 ñ First set of twins delivered in
the Fetal Health Center.
ï September 2011 ñ Childrenís Mercy was
selected to host 2012 March for Babies
walk.
ï November 2011 ñ Went live with bar code
medication administration to include
scanning of medications and to integrate
bar coding for fetal monitoring.
ï December 2011 ñ Hired a dedicated Fetal
Health Center Simulation Coordinator
through grant funding. Over 50
multidisciplinary simulations were
completed in the Fetal Health Center in
2011 using the programís grant-purchased
Noelle simulations manikin.
ï December 2011 ñ Performed the first
EX-utero Intrapartum Treatment or EXIT
procedure in the Fetal Health Center. This
procedure combines a Cesarean section
delivery with a surgical procedure on the
baby during delivery to address an issue
that would prevent the child from living
outside the womb and was the first fetal
surgery performed in the Fetal Health
Center.
Thoughtful planning and implementation
has resulted in an expansion of services
that will better serve the organizationís
tiniest patients and their families. The Fetal
Health Center benefits the infant, neonatal
team, labor and delivery team and family
being served: The neonate ñrapid and
anticipated treatment for their situation;
the neonatal team ñ consistent neonatal
care from the delivery room to the Intensive
Care Nursery (ICN); the labor and delivery
team ñ well-planned neonatal delivery
with the highest level of neonatal resources
available; and, perhaps most importantly,
the family ñ providing a smooth transfer
of their newest family member from the
delivery room to ICN, direct communication
from the ICN team and access to one-toone nursing care.
Care Delivery System
After two years of planning, the final phase of
the vision for the Fetal Health Center became
a reality ñ delivery of the programís first baby!
And along with that reality, numerous other
milestones were achieved in 2011, celebrating
the success of this innovative program:
ï Throughout 2011, Fetal Health Center
nurses teamed together to develop forms
and documentation for our new moms. The
nursing staff also met with representatives
to determine what materials the
organization would purchase for patients
and built the delivery kits themselves.
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Children’s Mercy Building Projects Expand Nursing
Services Across the Region
2011 and 2012 were years of growth for Childrenís Mercy! The added space
provides patients and families with an expansion of services across the
Kansas City Metropolitan area and beyond.
The Tom Watson Emergency Department at Children’s Mercy
South
What began as an After Hours Clinic in 1993, the Urgent Care Center at
Childrenís Mercy South has experienced significant growth, along with
a wealth of changes over the past 19 years. To meet the needs of the
pediatric patients in Johnson County, Childrenís Mercy South Urgent Care
Center underwent a transition of services in 2011. After significant planning
and training, The Tom Watson Emergency Department at Childrenís Mercy
South opened in October 2011 as a community-level pediatric emergency
department. This transition provides the only full-time pediatric emergency
services in the state of Kansas and is the only pediatric emergency provider
in the southern half of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The expansion of
services has also provided additional access to select medical and surgical
specialties at Childrenís Mercy South, as well as access for emergency
medical services as the new facility is now able to receive ambulance traffic.
Children’s Mercy Urgent Care College Boulevard
Following the conversion of the Childrenís Mercy South Emergency
Department, additional space was needed to serve the urgent care needs of
the pediatric population in Johnson County, Kan. New space was acquired
and renovated to allow for growth and expansion near Childrenís Mercy
South at 5520 College Boulevard. In January 2012, Urgent Care Services were
re-launched when Childrenís Mercy Urgent Care College Boulevard opened
on the first floor of the building. The Urgent Care Center includes eight exam
rooms, two triage rooms, space for a portable x-ray machine and a room to
perform basic lab work. In December 2013, the Urgent Care Center moved to
Childrenís Mercy Blue Valley at 6750 West 135th St., Overland Park, KS 66223.
In 2010, with the need to expand ambulatory
services and provide patients with better access
to care, Childrenís Mercy purchased a 10-story
office building located at the corner of Broadway
and 31st Street in Kansas City, Mo. This building
was renovated to accommodate primary care
and specialty clinics with a plan for a phased
opening of services. In May 2011, the Pediatric
Care Center and Adolescent Clinic moved from
their respective hospital and off-site locations
into Childrenís Mercy Broadway. The building
provides lab, pharmacy and radiology services
in order to expedite care for patients seen in
this facility. These clinics were joined by the
Endocrinology/Diabetes and Allergy/Asthma
teams in October 2012.
Care Delivery System
Children’s Mercy Broadway
The relocation of these clinics has also provided
additional ambulatory space at the Childrenís
Mercy Adele Hall Campus. In December 2012,
the Hematology/Oncology Clinic moved into the
space vacated by the Pediatric Care Center on
the second floor of the Outpatient Center.
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The Elizabeth Ann Hall Inpatient Tower
Approximately two years after breaking ground, The Elizabeth Ann
Hall Patient Tower (Hall Tower) was completed to expand inpatient
services within Childrenís Mercy Hospital. This project provided an
additional 72 inpatient beds, increasing the organizationís total
capacity to 354 beds. The Hall Tower includes expansion of the
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Cancer Care Center and Elizabeth J.
Ferrell Fetal Health Center, as well as additional beds in the medical/
surgical units.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) was the first unit in the Hall
Tower to open in July 2012. The PICU, which has experienced a 67
percent increase in patient volume since 2005, expanded its capacity
from 27 beds to 41 beds. The expansion includes an ECMO suite,
expanded pharmacy space, dedicated family space in the patient
rooms, three built-in patient lift systems and movable equipment
booms.
The Fetal Health Center followed with the opening of the Elizabeth
J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center in September 2012. Although the Fetal
Health Center opened in the West Tower in 2011, it quickly outgrew
its original space. The new Fetal Health Center provides stateof-the-art facilities for patients and families before, during and
after delivery. The new space is located next to the Intensive Care
Nursery, providing families with easy access to visit their new babies.
In addition, a bridge was built between the Fetal Health Center
and Truman Medical Center in the event that a mom would need
emergency medical intervention.
The medical surgical units also saw an expansion of services with
the completion of the Hall Tower, including the addition of two
new units ñ 1 Hall Tower and 6 Hall Tower. 1 Hall is a multipurpose
unit designed to care for short stay procedures and Emergency
Department overflow. 1 Hall is a ìflexî unit and is only open in periods
Childrenís Mercy Cancer Center has also
benefited through the completion of the Hall
Tower. 4 Henson expanded into 4 Henson Hall
with the addition of 15 dedicated Bone Marrow
Transplant rooms. This expansion will help the
Cancer Center expand the interdisciplinary
program to provide the next generation of cancer
treatment to children.
The Hall Tower expansion also includes the Lisa
Barth Interfaith Chapel and Garden which holds
a library, family gathering rooms and outdoor
garden. The Chapel is named for Lisa Barth, a
nurse at Childrenís Mercy for more than 24 years,
who lost her battle with cancer in June of 2008.
Lisa was known for not only providing exceptional
care for patients, but for supporting the emotional
and spiritual needs of her patients and their
families.
Children’s Mercy East
Childrenís Mercy East, an outpatient facility
located in Independence, Mo., opened on
October 22, 2012. Childrenís Mercy East is a three
story, 55,000 square-foot building, designed to
serve the families of Eastern Jackson County.
Approximately 12 percent of all outpatient visits
and 10 percent of all emergency room and
urgent care visits made to Children's Mercy were
by families living in Eastern Jackson County.
The opening of Childrenís Mercy East provides
subspecialty and urgent care services in a more
convenient and easily accessible location. Urgent
Care Services are available from noon to 10
p.m. seven days per week, coinciding with the
urgent care services provided at the Childrenís
Mercy Blue Valley (previously College Boulevard)
and Childrenís Mercy Northland locations.
Subspecialty services available at this location
include:
Care Delivery System
of high census and to accommodate special
procedures. 6 Hall Tower is a 16-bed orthopaedic
unit. Because of the growth in the orthopaedic
and sports medicine programs, the previous
orthopaedic unit, 5 Henson, was repurposed and
the nursing staff from 5 Henson relocated to 6
Hall Tower. The expansion of 6 Hall is designed
to accommodate the mobility challenges of
orthopaedic patients with additional safe patient
handling equipment built into the design of the
unit.
ï Cardiology,
ï Ear, Nose and Throat,
ï Endocrinology,
ï Gastroenterology,
ï Hearing and Speech,
ï Neurology,
ï Orthopaedics,
ï Sports Medicine and
ï Rehabilitation Medicine.
Radiology and Laboratory services are also
available on site.
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Nursing Ethics Forum Supports Ethical Decision Making Through Education Initiatives
The Childrenís Mercyís Nursing Ethics Forum (NEF) was established in the late 1980s based on discussions surrounding many issues arising from
changes in health care. Today, it continues as a unique forum of nurses representing all levels of nursing, generations of nurses and all areas of
the hospital with a mission of promoting the awareness and education of ethics and nursing.
In 2011, NEF was in the middle of a three-year strategic plan which started in 2010 with the redefining of membership to an ìactive participationî
focus. This yearís focus is the ongoing education of members with the opportunity to explore and investigate ethical issues affecting nurses, health
care, community and society, as well as the beginning development of an initiative called ìTaking Ethics to the Bedside.î In addition, NEF continues
active collaboration with the Hospital Ethics Committee, Childrenís Mercy Pediatric Bioethics Center and the Center for Practical Bioethics.
NEF areas of focus for continued development
included:
ï Development and maintenance of an
NEF webpage within the internal Nursing
website to provide nurses throughout the
organization with ethics resources.
ï Establishment of ongoing committees to
expand NEF activities.
ï Development of a poster to promote
awareness of the availability of NEF and
the Ethics Committee for all staff to increase
utilization when ethical dilemmas arise or
need for ethical discussions are warranted.
ï Campaign to promote increased
awareness of the updated American
Nurses Association Code of Ethics for
Nurses.
ï Focus on self-care to enhance efforts of
Provision 5 of the ANA Code of Ethics for
Nurses ñ ìDuty to Self and Duty to Others.î
ï Development of educational programs to
promote ethics awareness, thinking and
decision-making to enhance practice.
ï Encouragement/Facilitation of unit specific
ethics activities.
To provide ongoing education of members, NEF
keeps members connected to opportunities
for ethics education within the organization
as well as locally, regionally and nationally. At
monthly meetings, members volunteer to provide
education and opportunities for ethical discussion
through a designated ìSacred Thirty Minutes.î
During this time a member brings forward
subjects present in nursing, medical and popular
literature ñ books, movies or current events, both
in health care and society.
In addition, an annual retreat for NEF members
is held each fall to help focus on education and
strategic planning to re-energize and focus
the efforts of NEF. In the spring of 2011, the NEF
co-chairs attended the first National Nursing
Ethics Conference in Los Angeles, Calif. They
participated in various sessions that addressed
the ethical issues facing nurses now and in the
future, as well as learned from national nursing
ethics leaders and networked with other nurses
who participate in ethics education and activities.
Annual programs sponsored by NEF provide
opportunities for education of other nurses and
staff throughout Childrenís Mercy. NEF provides
one of the monthly Ethics Brown Bag series
presentations/discussions sponsored by the
Childrenís Mercy Pediatric Bioethics Center,
as well as an annual hospital-wide program
related to ethical issues impacting practice in
the clinical setting. NEFís presentation for the
Ethics Brown BagSeries ìPlaying ëNiceí in the
Sandbox: Promoting Workplace Civilityî (2011)
and ìGot Balance? ñ Achieving Ethical
Harmony between Home & Workî (2012)
provided stimulating ethics discussion
not only for nurses, but for all health care
professionals. The NEFís annual hospitalwide programs featured speakers and
facilitated discussion with attendees to
identify moral distress situations in the
workplace and strategies to improve and
prevent moral distress. These programs
were ìMoral Distress in the Clinical Settingî
(2011) and ìMoral Distress and Self-Careî
(2012).
Care Delivery System
In 2012, NEF continued to make progress on the
strategic plan by focusing on educating Childrenís
Mercy nurses in all settings with an emphasis
on the issue of moral distress and its impact on
nurses ó personally and professionally .
In addition to the live education programs,
NEF developed a five-part email series
for nurses on moral distress and its
personal and professional impact, as well
as resources and self-care strategies to
prevent and/or manage moral distress.
Plans are underway to create an online
educational module for nurses who utilize
the information from the live presentations
and the email series.
NEF also provides consultation to other
hospitals and nursing groups related to
this model, including a poster presentation
at the Society of Pediatric Nursing National
Conference, podium lecture at the annual
meeting of American Society for Bioethics
and Humanities and visits to NEF meetings
with follow-up discussions with hospitals
locally and nationally. In 2011ñ2012,
Angie Knackstedt, BSN, RN-BC, Education
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Specialist and NEF co-chair, completed the first Pediatric Bioethics Certificate Course offered by the Childrenís Mercy Pediatric Bioethics Center and
participated as a faculty member for the course, addressing ethics topics such as Moral Distress and ethical issues associated with Immunization,
Growth Hormone and Social Media. In 2012, Angie continued in a faculty role and two additional Childrenís Mercy nurses, Charlotte Jacobsen,
MSN, RN and Julie Sarowski, BSN, RN, were able to participate in the program.
Pediatrics presents unique and heightened challenges for ethical decision-making in practice. In an effort to support Childrenís Mercy nurses in
addressing complex ethical situations, the hospital and the Department of Nursing have created a culture of open discussion of ethical struggles
and a series of hospital, departmental and unit-based structures to support the resolution of ethical quandaries in practice. This foundation has
provided nurses with the resources and instilled in them the wisdom and skills needed to make sound ethical judgments for optimal patient care
and to collaborate with other health care professionals to create an environment that supports ethical decision-making and practice.
Children’s Mercy Serves as Corporate Sponsor for March for Babies®
Each year, nearly a half million infants
are born too early. The March of DimesÆ
is dedicated to helping families have
healthy, full-term babies. To support
their activities and research, The March
of DimesÆ í March for BabiesÆ serves
as a primary funding source for the
organization and raises awareness of
the challenges these infants face. In 2012,
Childrenís Mercy served as the citywide
corporate sponsor for the March for
BabiesÆ . Karen Cox, RN, PhD, Executive
Vice President and Co-Chief Operating
Officer, served as the citywide chair of the
event.
The March for BabiesÆ has a special
connection to Childrenís Mercy. The
Intensive Care Nursery is the only Level
IV nursery in the region and provides critically ill
newborns onsite access to the care they need to
survive and thrive. The addition of the Elizabeth J.
Ferrell Fetal Health Center has further improved
the care given to these tiny patients by providing
state-of-the art specialized services before,
during and after delivery for healthy mothers
facing fetal health issues. Since opening in March
2011, more than 160 babies with complex birth
defects have been delivered at the Fetal Health
Center.
Childrenís Mercyís patient Levi Pierson served as
the 2012 March of Dimes Ambassador. Through
a fetal echocardiogram, Levi was diagnosed
prenatally with a critical heart defect that would
require heart surgery soon after delivery.
Recognizing that a full-term pregnancy would
strengthen Levi for his post-delivery surgery, Leviís
mom, Traci, was followed closely by the Fetal
Health team and delivered in the Fetal Health
Center. Leviís surgery was completed eight days
after delivery and just 16 days after his birth he
was able to go home with his family.
To engage the entire organization in the event,
Childrenís Mercy provided employees multiple
opportunities to participate in the March for
BabiesÆ while raising money for the March of
DimesÆ . A t-shirt design contest was held and
t-shirts with the winning design were sold to raise
funds. Blue Jeans for BabiesÆ was held the month
of April. Employees could donate $5 to wear
jeans on a Friday or $20 to wear jeans every
Friday in April. Employees were also able to wear
their March for BabiesÆ t-shirts on Fridays to show
support for the event. Five directors donated their
garage parking spots as an additional fundraiser.
Employees parking in the offsite parking lot could
donate $5 for a chance at winning one month of
The walk serves as a point of reconnection for
families, patients and health care providers. For
the pst two years, the Intensive Care Nursery has
hosted the NICU reunion as a part of the walk
festivities. All current and former Intensive Care
Nursery patients and families were invited to
attend.
Care Delivery System
parking in the employee onsite parking garage.
Employees were also encouraged to create their
own March for BabiesÆ teams to raise money
and participate in the walk.
The walk was held in the Power and Light
District on Sunday, May 6, 2012. The event
featured family-friendly activities including music
and games hosted by Radio Disneyís Rockiní
Road Crew. More than 100 teams and 650
companies participated in the walk. More than
600 Childrenís Mercy employees participated.
Childrenís Mercy raised more than $100,000 for
the March of DimesÆ , exceeding the corporate
goal by more than $25,000.
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Leadership and Governance
Senior Nursing Leadership
Cheri Hunt, MHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President for Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer
Betty Boyd, RN, Director of Nursing, Ambulatory Services
Stacy Doyle, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, Director of Nursing, Emergency Services
Kathy Hulse, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Assistant Director of Nursing, Ambulatory Services
Susan Mecklenburg, MHA, RN, Director of Nursing, Surgical Services
Becky Paulsen, MS, RN, CPN, Director of Nursing, Medical Surgical Services
Mary Ann Riesco, MS, RN, CCRN, Director of Nursing, Critical Care Services
Janis Smith, DNP, RN, Director of Clinical Informatics and Professional Practice
Sue Stamm, MSN, RN, CPNP, Director of Nursing, Hematology Oncology Services
Standing, left to right: Janis Smith, Sue Stamm, Stacy Doyle, Cheri Hunt, Kathy
Hulse, Betty Boyd and Susan Mecklenburg
Seated, left to right: Mary Ann Riesco and Becky Paulsen
Leadership and Governance
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2011/2012 Promotions
Penny Bopp, MSN, RN, CPN, General Surgery, Urology,
Burn and Gynecology Clinic
Penny graduated with a Diploma in Nursing from Lutheran Medical Center School of Nursing,
St. Louis, Mo., in 1999. Shortly after graduation, she began working at St. Maryís Hospital in
Clayton, Mo.,, in a level 3 NICU as a direct care nurse. In 2002, Penny relocated to Kansas
City, Mo. and worked at MCI and North Kansas City Hospital as a direct care nurse in the
NICU and postpartum units. In 2004, Penny began working at Truman Hospital ñ Lakewood
as a NICU, Post Partum and Labor Delivery nurse and relief charge nurse. In 2007, Penny
started working at Childrenís Mercy as a direct care nurse in the Surgery Urology Clinic.
Penny became the Urology Intake Nurse and was the preceptor for new hires in 2008. Penny
graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing Administration in 2012, from the University
of Mary and was promoted to Nurse Manager for the General Surgery, Urology, Burn,
Gynecology Clinic in July 2012.
Devin Bowers, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Nursing Department Director, Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit
Devin graduated from the University of Missouri ñ Columbia in 2001, with a Bachelor of
Science in Nursing. She began her nursing career at Childrenís Mercy as a graduate nurse,
caring for hematology/oncology patients on 4 Henson. In late 2006, Devin assumed the role
of Assistant Nurse Manager of the Inpatient Float Pool. One year later, Devin was promoted
to Nurse Manager of both the Inpatient Float Pool and Internal Transport. Devin completed
her masterís degree in Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Systems from the University of
Missouri-Columbia in 2007. In the summer of 2010, Devin accepted a position as the Interim
Nurse Manager for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and was promoted in early 2011 to
the Nursing Department Director of the PICU.
Lindsey graduated from University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007. After
graduation she began working at Children's Mercy as a direct care nurse in the Intensive Care
Nursery. After relocating to Denver, Colo., in 2008, she worked in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
at Children's Hospital Colorado where she moved into a Core Charge Nurse role in 2009. Lindsey
returned to Childrenís Mercy as an Assistant Nursing Department Manager in the Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit in June 2012.
Leadership and Governance
Lindsey Bradbury, BSN, RN, CCRN, Assistant Nursing Department Manager, Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit
Denise Brewster, MSN, RN, CPNP, Assistant Director, Professional Practice
Denise graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Central Missouri State University in
Warrensburg, Mo., in 1990. Upon graduation, she began working at Childrenís Mercy as a direct
care nurse in the Infant-Toddler Care Unit. Denise returned to school to pursue a Master of Science
in Nursing degree in 1994. She worked as a Telephone Triage Nurse while completing her studies,
graduating with her Master of Science in Nursing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 1997 from
the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After completing her masterís degree, she began working
as a Nurse Practitioner in the General Pediatrics Department at Childrenís Mercy. In 1999, Denise
transitioned to Emergency Medical Services working in the Minor Care Clinic. Denise worked as an
inpatient Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with the hospitalist group from 2002 to 2004. In 2004, Denise
returned to Emergency Services while also working in Primary Care as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
at Cockerell and McIntosh Pediatrics. Denise returned to Childrenís Mercy full time in 2007. In 2008,
Denise followed her family to Oakland, Calif., working with the Department of Anesthesia for one year
before returning to Kansas City and her previous position. Denise became the Emergency Department
APRN Coordinator in May 2011. In March 2012, Denise accepted the position of Assistant Director
of Professional Practice and has worked to improve APRN orientation, credentialing processes and
competency evaluation, while providing general support to the large APRN group at Childrenís Mercy.
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Elizabeth Cook, MSN, RN, Ambulatory Nurse Manager, Pediatric Care Center
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Research College of Nursing/
Rockhurst University in 1997, Liz began her nursing career working at Research Medical
Center in the Obstetric Float Pool. After several years, Liz left Research Medical Center and
began working at North Kansas City Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as a
direct care nurse, as well as the Educator for the NICU and Mother/Baby Units. Liz completed
her Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University in 2007. In 2008, she accepted a
position at National American University as a Nursing School Clinical Coordinator. Liz joined
Childrenís Mercy in 2010 as a nurse in the outpatient float pool and was promoted to Nurse
Manager of the Pediatric Care Center in 2011.
Lena Cox, MBA, MSN, RN, CPN, Assistant Nursing Department Manager
3 Henson/3 West
Lena graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in Psychology from
Washburn University in December 2004. After graduation, she began working at Childrenís
Mercy as a direct care nurse on 3 Henson and 3 West. Lena became a Core Charge Nurse
on 3 Henson and 3 West in 2008. She graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing
Administration and Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Health care
from The University of Mary in 2011. In October 2012, Lena accepted the position of Assistant
Nursing Department Manager for 3 Henson and 3 West.
Shanon completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas and an Executive
Master of Business Administration from the Henry Bloch School of Management at the University of
Missouri-Kansas City. Shanon worked as a direct care nurse on 2 Henson, before assuming the role
of Nurse Manager. Shanon left Childrenís Mercy for a short time, but returned to her position as Nurse
Manager in 2008. In December 2012, Shanon was promoted to the Director of Patient Care Resources.
Shanon is responsible for nursing departments that provide specialized care to patients that are
inpatient, as well as outpatient, including Wound Care, Vascular Access, Palliative Care, Float Pool,
Internal Transport, Hospital Shift Supervisors, Staffing and Scheduling and 1 Hall. She is also the Project
Manager representing Childrenís Mercy in a national patient safety collaborative called the Solutions
for Patient Safety which focuses on reducing harm to patients by using quality science methodologies.
Shanon is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives,
the Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Society of Pediatric Nurses.
Leadership and Governance
Shanon Fucik, eMBA, BSN, RN, CPN, Director, Patient Care Resources Cindy George, MSN, RN, CNN, Nursing Department Director, Dialysis
Cindy has worked in the field of nephrology for 38 years. She began her career at St. Lukeís Hospital
as an Extracorporeal Technician in the Dialysis Unit. She remained there for 26 years, obtaining
her certification as a Certified Clinical Nephrology Technician and working her way up the ladder to
become Director of the Dialysis Program. Wanting a career change, Cindy came to Childrenís Mercy
in 1999. Inspired by the professionals in the Nephrology Department and by the desire to have more
responsibility for direct patient care, she obtained her nursing degree in 2008 and shortly thereafter,
was promoted to Assistant Nurse Manager of the Dialysis Unit. In 2011, she completed her Master of
Science in Nursing from the University of Mary. Following completion of her masterís degree, she was
promoted to Nursing Department Director for the Dialysis Program.
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Kristina Goin, BSN, RN, CPN, Nursing Department Director, In-Patient Float Pool/
Internal Transport
Kristina graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Graceland University in
2004. After graduation, she began working at Childrenís Mercy as a direct care nurse on 5
Sutherland and 5 Henson. In 2006, Kristina transferred to the Inpatient Float Pool where she
was promoted to the night Core Charge Nurse for the Inpatient Float Pool in August 2010. In
January 2012, Kristina became the Nursing Department Director for Inpatient Float Pool and
Internal Transport.
Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Director, Professional Resources and
Leadership Development Caryl is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and completed her PhD in nursing in 2005 with a minor in
physiology, her MSN from California State University, Long Beach in 1988 and her BSN in 1979.
Caryl is a Past President of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Caryl has had
a variety of positions including charge nurse, CNS, staff educator and acting nurse manager
and has lectured on several topics including neuromuscular blockade, hemodynamics,
oxidative stress, healthy work environments, evidence-based practice and leadership. Prior to
coming to Childrenís Mercy in 2010, she was employed by the University of Kansas Hospital
as a critical care CNS and the University of Kansas as a clinical associate professor. Caryl
was promoted to Director of Professional Resources and Leadership Development in 2012. In
addition to her day job, Caryl is also the Assistant Program Director and Program Faculty for
the AACN CSI Academy. Caryl considers her professional home to be AACN and is dedicated
to enhancing the local chapterís efforts to support nurses. Her contribution to the Greater
Kansas City Chapter AACN includes past president, treasurer, scholarship chair and education
co-chair. Carylís national AACN contribution includes Board of Directors, 2003-2006 and
Certification Corporation Board of Directors, 2005-2006, as well as President-elect in 2008
and President in 2009. Caryl was certified in critical care (CCRN) for more than 20 years and is
currently certified as Nurse Executive, Advanced through ANCC. Carylís passion is the nurse;
supporting nurses in their optimal contribution to patient care.
Pam began her career at Childrenís Mercy in 2002, as a direct care nurse on the Hematology/
Oncology Inpatient Nursing Unit. She worked as a direct care nurse at Childrenís Mercy South, as
well as the Gastroenterology Clinic and Integrative Pain Management Clinic. She has 21 years of
experience in pediatric nursing and has worked in various positions in Texas prior to moving to the
Kansas City area. These positions include direct patient care, clinical instruction, case management
and management. Pam received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University in 1991
and received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary in 2012. She was promoted
to Nursing Department Director of 5 Sutherland in 2012. Pam co-directs the department with Kelli
Rafols.
Leadership and Governance
Pamela Hensley, MSN, RN, CPN, Nursing Department Director, 5 Sutherland
Kathy Hulse, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Director, Ambulatory Services Kathy began her career at Childrenís Mercy in May 1992, as a Senior Nurse Technician. She graduated
nursing school from Penn Valley Community College in 1992 and began working as a direct care
nurse on 5 North. Kathy transferred to the Teen Clinic in 1997 to work as a triage nurse. She graduated
from UMKC with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2001 and transferred to the Quality Department.
Kathy was promoted to the Clinical Operations Manager for Orthopaedics in 2004 and to Assistant
Director of Ambulatory Nursing Services in 2007. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2010,
with her Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Organizational Leadership. Kathy was promoted
to Director of Ambulatory Nursing Services in 2012.
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Monica Keith, MSN, RN, Assistant Nursing Department Manager, Same Day Surgery/
PACU
Monica began her career at Childrenís Mercy in January 1998, as a Care Assistant in the
Pediatric Care Center. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Lukeís
School of Nursing in 2001, she began working in the Same Day Surgery/Post-Anesthesia Care
Unit as a peri-operative staff nurse. Monica became a Core Charge Nurse in SDS/PACU in
July 2007 and was promoted to the Assistant Nursing Department Manager of SDS/PACU in
January 2011. Monica obtained her Master of Science in Nursing in May 2012 from University of
Mary.
Lindsey Koebel, BSN, RN, CPN, Assistant Nursing Department Manager, 2 Henson
Lindsey began working as a Student Nurse Technician at Children's Mercy on 2 Henson in
2003. She remained on 2 Henson as a direct care nurse after graduating from Johnson County
Community College with her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2003. She continued to work on
2 Henson while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Kansas
in 2008. Lindsey became a Core Charge Nurse on 2 Henson in 2009. In 2012, Lindsey was
promoted to Interim Assistant Nurse Manager and then to Assistant Nursing Department
Manager for 2 Henson and the Burn Unit in December 2012.
Amy began working as a Care Assistant at Childrenís Mercy on 5 Sutherland Tower in 2001 and
continued working as a Student Nurse Technician throughout nursing school. Amy graduated with a
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Avila University in 2004. She remained on 5 Sutherland and
5 Henson as a direct care nurse until she became a Core Charge Nurse on 5 Henson in 2006.
Amy then assumed responsibilities as one of the Unit Education Coordinators for 5 Henson and 5
Sutherland in 2009. Amy was promoted to Assistant Nurse Manager for 5 Sutherland and 5 Henson
in 2010. In May 2011, Amy graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the
University of Mary. Amy was promoted to Nursing Department Director of both units in November
2011. In October 2012, the patients and staff of 5 Henson moved to the newly built Hall Tower on the
6th floor. Amy moved with them as the Nursing Department Director for 6 Hall.
Leadership and Governance
Amy Latimer, BSN, RN, CPN, Nursing Department Director, 6 Hall
Andrew B. Loehr, MSN, RN, CPNP, Nursing Department Director,
Emergency Department Andy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Truman State University in 1999. He
began working at Childrenís Mercy in 2000 as a direct care nurse on 4 North. He transferred to
critical care in April 2001, where he worked as a direct care nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
and then in Critical Care Transport. After graduating with his Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric
Nurse Practitioner, from the University of Missouri ñ Kansas City in 2006 andy attained an advanced
practice nurse position in Hematology/Oncology. In 2008 andy was promoted to the role of Director
of Transport Clinical Services and remained there until 2011, when he assumed responsibilities as the
Interim Department Director of the Emergency Department while maintaining his role in Transport.
Andy formally accepted the Nursing Department Director position for the Emergency Department in
January 2012.
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Susie Loehr, BSN, RN, CPON, Nursing Department Director, 4 Henson
Susie obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas in 1998.
That same year, she began her career at Childrenís Mercy as a direct care nurse on 4 North,
focusing her nursing practice on Hematology/Oncology. In April 2001, she was promoted to a
Core Charge Nurse on 4 Henson where she remained for the next ten years. In October 2011,
Susie transitioned into the role of Interim Department Director and accepted the position of
Nursing Department Director of 4 Henson in March 2012.
Cheryl Melton, MSN-NE, RN, CPN, Director Multi-Specialty Clinics,
Children’s Mercy East
Cheryl started working at Childrenís Mercy in 1990 as a Student Nurse Technician while
attending nursing school at William Jewell College in which she graduated in 1992. After
graduation, she worked as a direct care nurse and Charge Nurse on 5 North/2 Henson
from 1993 to 2002. In 2002, Cheryl became the first Medical/Surgical Education Coordinator
for the then newly opened 6 Henson. In 2008, she took the position as the first Ambulatory
Care Education Coordinator. In September 2012, Cheryl accepted the position of Director of
Multispecialty Clinics at Childrenís Mercy East overseeing the ambulatory clinics and the facility.
Cheryl completed her Master of Science in Nursing with emphasis in Nursing Education at
Grand Canyon University and plans to pursue her Doctorate in Nursing in the near future.
Kandy graduated from Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing in Lewiston, Maine, with an
associateís degree in Nursing in 1980. After graduation, she began her nursing career at Newton
Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass. She then completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from
Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., in 1985 and her masterís degree in Nursing Administration
in 2000. Kandyís gastroenterology experience began in 1985 when Newton Wellesley Hospital
established a pediatric gastroenterology unit and she started as a clinical leader in the unit. Prior to
joining Childrenís Mercy, Kandy worked in various nursing and managerial roles in gastroenterology
units at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Tufts New England Medical Center. She has been
a Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse since 1997. After relocating to Kansas City, Kandy
accepted the Nurse Manager position for the Gastroenterology Clinic in 2011.
Leadership and Governance
Kandy Morgan, MS, RN, CGRN, Ambulatory Nurse Manager, Gastroenterology Clinic Jennifer O’Hara, BSN, RN, CPON, Co-Nurse Manager, Hematology/Oncology Clinic
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas in May
1999. She began her career at Childrenís Mercy as a direct care nurse on 4 North, the designated
Hematology/Oncology inpatient unit. During her time as an inpatient nurse on 4 North/4 Henson,
she also served as a preceptor and Charge Nurse. In 2001, Jennifer became a Certified Pediatric
Hematology/Oncology Nurse. In 2003, she transferred to the Hematology/Oncology Clinic where she
functioned as a Staff Nurse II until 2008. Jennifer accepted the position of Core Charge Nurse II for the
clinic in 2008 and is now serving as the Co-Nurse Manager, a position she has held since July 2012.
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Sachia Perrine, BSN, RN, CPN, Nurse Manager, Contact Center
Sachia graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Sanford-Brown College in Kansas
City in 1997 and began working at Childrenís Mercy shortly after graduation. After leaving to
work in a private practice and school nurse role for ten years, Sachia returned to Childrenís
Mercy in 2006 to work in the Contact Center as a direct care nurse. In 2008, she was promoted
to Charge Nurse in the Contact Center. Sachia graduated from University of Phoenix in 2009,
with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She was promoted to Assistant Nurse Manager of the
Contact Center in 2011 and served as the departmentís Interim Nurse Manager before moving
into the Nurse Manager role in November 2012. Sachia is currently enrolled at the University of
Missouri ñ Columbia in the Master of Science in Nursing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program
with an expected graduation of May 2013.
Deanna Porter, BSN, RN, CPN, Assistant Nursing Department Manager, 6 Henson
Deanna graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Missouri ñ
Columbia in 1998. After graduation, she started her nursing career at The University of Missouri
Health Care System as a direct care nurse on the Pediatric Unit. During her time there, she
had the privilege of serving as a Charge Nurse. In 2005, Deanna moved to Kansas City to be
closer to family and joined Childrenís Mercy and the 6 Henson nursing team. Within a couple of
years on 6 Henson, Deanna accepted a Core Charge Nurse role on the night shift. From 2009
to 2012, Deanna served as the Unit Education Coordinator for 6 Henson. In September 2012,
Deanna was promoted to the position of Assistant Nursing Department Manager for 6 Henson.
Kelli graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Johnson County Community College in
1998. Before joining the Childrenís Mercy family, she worked in the Emergency Department and
Orthopedics Department at Olathe Medical Center from 1996 to 2004. In 1999, she began a full time
career at Childrenís Mercy as a direct care nurse on 3 North and helped with the opening of 3 Henson
in 2000. After 7 years, she moved to the Inpatient Float Pool and stayed there until 2009 when she
became a Hospital Shift Supervisor to gain leadership experience while returning for her masterís
degree. In 2011, she graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Master in
Business Administration from the University of Mary. Kelli was promoted to Nursing Department
Director of 5 Sutherland Tower in September 2012.
Leadership and Governance
Kelli Rafols, MBA, MSN, RN, CPN, Nursing Department Director, 5 Sutherland
Kristin Ray, BSN, RN, CPN, Assistant Nursing Department Manager, 5 West
Kristin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas in 2006. Shortly
after graduation, she began working at Childrenís Mercy as a direct care nurse on 6 Henson. In 2009,
Kristin transferred to 5 West Surgical Observation Unit. In early 2010, Kristin became the Core Charge
Nurse on 5 West. Kristin was later promoted to the Assistant Nursing Department Manager of 5
West in January 2012. Kristin is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing in Organizational
Leadership at the University of Kansas.
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Mary Ann Riesco, MS, RN, CCRN, Nurse Manager, Palliative Care Team (PaCT)
Mary Ann graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Alabama
in May 1973. She later went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 1987 and her
Master of Science in Nursing in December 1994, both from the University of Kansas. Mary Ann
began her nursing career at Childrenís Mercy in 1987 in the Intensive Care Nursery. In 1988, she
moved into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she made her home for 16 years, performing
in such roles as staff nurse, core charge nurse, assistant head nurse and nurse manager. Mary
Ann was promoted to Director of Critical Care Nursing in November 2004 and then took over as
the PAACT Nurse Manager in August 2012.
Sheri Shiddell, MSN, RN, PNP-BC, Nursing Department Director,
Northland Urgent Care
Sheri attended St. Lukeís College for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the University of
Missouri ñ Kansas City for her Master of Science in Nursing and became a Board Certified
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Sheri began her career at Childrenís Mercy in 1993, in the Intensive
Care Nursery and then assumed a Surgery Nurse Practitioner role in 2003. In 2009, she
became the Urology Nurse Practitioner Coordinator where her role focused on developing
clinical practices with coordination of inpatient and outpatient urology care. She was
responsible for planning, developing and facilitating the treatment and care of urology patients
while working with the urologists, nurses, residents, students and other nurse practitioners.
Sheri facilitated expansion of the urology team and began an autonomous voiding dysfunction
clinic along with patient education and teaching sessions. Sheri has assisted with the
development of an interdisciplinary team for children with disorders of sexual differentiation.
Sheri was actively involved as clinical research coordinator with four ongoing research studies
and multiple studies already published and/or presented and enjoyed sharing her experience
of pediatric urology through educational lectures and poster presentations locally and
nationally. In October 2012, she assumed the role of Nursing Department Director at Northland
Urgent Care.
Allyson graduated with her Associate of Science in Nursing in 1983 from Bluefield State College.
She started her career in nursing in June 1983, as an evening charge nurse on a 14-bed pediatric
unit at Martha Jefferson Hospital. After two years, Allyson relocated to the Medical University of
South Carolina where she worked as a staff nurse and chief nurse on a cardiac post-operative unit
and pediatric multi-subspecialty unit. From 1989 to 2001, Allyson worked for the Des Moines Public
School System and then the Toledo Hospital for Health Services before coming to Kansas City to work
at Childrenís Mercy in 2006. Her career at Childrenís Mercy began in the Special Care Clinic as a
staff nurse caring for premature infants. In 2008, Allyson moved into the role of Ambulatory Quality
Improvement Coordinator and then Manager of the Endocrine Clinic in 2010. Allyson obtained her
Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary in August 2011 and was promoted to the
Director for Ambulatory Nursing Services in September 2012.
Leadership and Governance
Allyson Shore, MSN, RN, CPN, Director, Ambulatory Services Kerry Shutt, BSN, RN, C-NPT, Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Children’s Mercy Critical
Care Transport
Kerry began her career at Childrenís Mercy in 1996 as a Care Assistant in the Emergency Room. After
earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Mo., she
soon realized her passion was nursing and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from
Research College of Nursing in 1998. Kerry has experience in a Level III and Level IV Intensive Care
Nursery and in the Emergency Room of a Level I pediatric trauma center. She worked as a Transport
RN at Childrenís Mercy Critical Care Transport for six years before becoming one of the first Shift
Coordinators in the Department. In May 2012, she accepted her current position as an Assistant
Director of Clinical Services. She is a member of the Air and Surface Transport Nurse Association, a
Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders and an Affiliate member of the Section on Transport Medicine
for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has completed her first-year training in obtaining her
Certified Medical Transport Executive certification. She is currently certified in Neonatal Pediatric
Transport (C-NPT).
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Janis Smith, DNP, MSN, RN, Director, Clinical Informatics and Professional Practice
Following positions in clinical practice, education and management in a number of childrenís
hospitals, Janis transitioned to informatics nursing a dozen years ago and discovered a
new passion. She is always aware that successful use of computerized information systems
requires careful attention to their implementation and ongoing development as they
transform professional practice. In December 2011, Janisís role was expanded to include
both Director of Clinical Informatics and Director of Professional Practice. As a leader for both
informatics and practice, Janis assures systems are integrated with practice for safe, high
quality patient care and satisfying professional practice.
Susan Teasley, MBA, MSN, RN, CCRC, Manager, Patient Care Services
Research
Susan obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing in 1985 and worked in the Intensive Care
Nursery at Childrenís Mercy from 1985 to 1987. Susan left Childrenís Mercy from 1987 to 1996
to work at Saint Joseph Health Center in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In 1996, she
returned to Childrenís Mercy as the Research Nurse for Dr. Robert Hallís Neonatal Nutrition
Program and then, in 2000, became the Clinical Research Coordinator for Patient Care
Services. Susan obtained her certification as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator in 2007.
In 2011, she was promoted to Manager of the Patient Care Services Research Department.
Susan obtained her Master of Science in Nursing in December 2011 and her Master in
Business Administration in May 2012, both from the University of Mary.
Mandi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Missouri Western State University School
of Nursing, St. Joseph, Mo., in 1997. Shortly after graduation, she began working at Childrenís Mercy
in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as a direct care nurse and received certification as a critical care
nurse. In 2002, Mandi began working as a Core Charge Nurse in the PICU. Over the years, Mandi has
worked PRN in the community as a home health nurse and school nurse. In May 2012, Mandi was
promoted to Assistant Nursing Department Manager in the PICU.
Leadership and Governance
Mandi Turner, BSN, RN, CCRN, Assistant Nursing Department Manager,
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Kathy Vandiver, MHA, MSN, RN, CPN, Service Line Director, Neurology
Kathy graduated from Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a Diploma in
Nursing in 1974. She worked at Bethesda in the Intensive Care Nursery until 1976 when she moved to
Kansas City and began working at St. Lukeís Hospital in the Intensive Care Nursery. Kathy left St. Lukeís
in 1987 to start a career in Medical Case Management for Intracorp, a subsidiary of Cigna, covering
the Midwest as their Pediatric Case Manager. In 1989, she helped open the first pediatric-specific
home health agency, called Pediatric Nursing Specialists, which later became Childrenís Home Care.
In August 1991, Kathy transferred to the Childrenís Mercy Utilization Review Department and has been
with Childrenís Mercy ever since. Throughout her career at Childrenís Mercy, Kathy has worked in
several different departments of the hospital, including Intensive Care Nursery, Clinical Pharmacology
and Quality Improvement. In 2003, she began working in ambulatory as a Clinic Coordinator in
Genetics Clinic, a staff nurse for Outpatient Infusion and a Nurse Manager in Rheumatology, until
being promoted to Service Line Director for the Division of Neurology in December 2012.
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JoAnna VanNoy, MSN, RN, CPN, Nursing Department Director, Children’s Mercy East
Urgent Care JoAnna graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Lukeís College in 2004.
After graduation, she began working at Childrenís Mercy on 5 Sutherland as a graduate
nurse. At this time, preparation had begun to open 5 Henson which allowed staff to function
as one team while floating between the two units. JoAnna worked on both 5 Sutherland
and 5 Henson until 2007, when she became a Core Charge Nurse on 5 Sutherland. JoAnna
remained in this position for three years before being promoted to Assistant Nurse Manager
of 5 Sutherland and 5 Henson in 2010. In 2011, JoAnna obtained her Master of Science in
Nursing Administration. Joanna was promoted to Nursing Department Director of both
units in November 2011. In the summer of 2012, JoAnna accepted a position as the Nursing
Department Director of Childrenís Mercy East Urgent Care where she facilitated the hiring and
opening of the new department. Childrenís Mercy East Urgent Care successfully opened its
doors to the public on October 22, 2012.
Susan Widener, MSN, RN, CPN, Nursing Department Director,
Urgent Care College Boulevard
Susan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Avila University in 2002.
Immediately upon graduation, Susan was hired at Children's Mercy as a direct care nurse on
6 Henson. In 2005, Susan became a Nurse Manager on 6 Henson where she remained until
fall of 2011. She was then hired as Nursing Department Director to help open the new Urgent
Care College Boulevard in November 2011, where she continues in this role. Susan obtained
her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Mary in December 2011.
Jan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas in 1985. Jan
worked as a direct care nurse on 4 North and then 4 Henson until 2002, when she moved to the
Emergency Department as a direct care nurse. In 2004, Jan assumed the role of Critical Care Charge
Nurse in the Emergency Department. Jan took the CARE Clinic Nurse Manager position in 2008, where
she remained until she moved into the SANE Program Manager role in 2011. Jan later returned to the
Emergency Department as the Assistant Nursing Department Manager and SANE Program Manager
in January 2012.
Leadership and Governance
Jan Wiebe, BSN, RN, CPN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Assistant Nursing Department Manager,
Emergency Department Manager/SANE Program Manager
Amanda Williams, BSN, RN, CPN, Assistant Nursing Department Manager, Emergency
Department
Amanda graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2005
and started her nursing career at Childrenís Hospital of Michigan in the Emergency Department. She
worked there for two years and then applied to American Mobile as a travel nurse. Over the next
year and a half Amanda worked in several Childrenís Emergency Departments including Childrenís
Hospital of Philadelphia, Radyís Childrenís Hospital, Seattle Childrenís Hospital and at Childrenís
Mercy. In 2008, Amanda signed on permanently in the Emergency Department and was promoted
to Critical Care Charge Nurse in 2010. She has been in her current role as the Assistant Nursing
Department Manager of the Emergency Department since March 2012.
Cindy Williams, MSN, RN, CPN, Service Line Director, Burn, General Surgery, Gynecology,
Neurosurgery & Urology Clinics
Cindy graduated with a Diploma in Nursing from St Lukeís School of Nursing in 1973. After two years
of acute care adult medicine, she started her pediatrics career at St Lukeís Hospital. Following that
time, she worked at Childrenís Mercy and Cardinal Glennon Childrenís Hospital as a staff nurse. After
18 years of pediatric bedside nursing, Cindy transitioned to the outpatient setting, specializing in the
pediatric surgical patient. In 2005, she joined the staff at Childrenís Mercy as Nurse Manager of the
Surgery and Urology Clinic. Cindy graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing from University of
Mary in 2011. Cindy took the position of Service Line Director of the Burn, General Surgery, Gynecology,
Neurosurgery and Urology Clinics in July 2012.
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Nurse Legacy Award
The Nurse Legacy Award was established in 2009 by the Nurse Retention Committee. This award honors nurses at Childrenís Mercy for the
significant contributions they have made to the profession of nursing and to the lives of the patients, families and co-workers they have touched.
Current and/or retired nurses who have committed more than 25 years of service to the organization are eligible for this award.
2011 Nurse Legacy Award Winner
– Cindy Olson-Burgess, RN, CIC,
Infection Control Practitioner
Cindyís mother was a nurse, leading
Cindy on her nursing journey; the
only profession she ever considered.
And, because of her love of children,
Childrenís Mercy was the natural choice
for Cindy to carry out her career.
Cindy began working as a new graduate
nurse on the Infectious Diseases Unit,
then 4 South, on the 3-11 shift. After a
three-month switch to the day shift on
5 North, the adolescent unit, she went
back to Infectious Diseases which soon
became her home away from home. She
moved into the charge nurse role and
eventually became the ìHeadî nurse on
4 South and then 3 North. Her passion
was in educating new graduate nurses
with the ultimate goal of helping them
love their job as much as she did.
In the mid 1980s, a nurse was hired
to start an infection control program.
Although she loved her job, Cindy
decided it was a good time to change her career.
After years of working with Infectious Diseases,
she moved into a different realm in Infection
Prevention and Control. In Cindyís words, ìI went
from being confident in my job to feeling like I
knew virtually nothing. My frequent response was
ëIíll get back with you.í I learned everything I could
and continue to learn to this day.î
Cindy is now seen as Childrenís Mercyís
ìexpertî practitioner in Infection Prevention and
Control. With her ultimate goal being to protect
patients, families and staff from preventable
diseases, Cindy models behavior that have led to
minimizing infections for patients and staff.
Teaching continues to be Cindyís passion. She
provides education in the hospital, as well as in
the community, on both infection prevention and
vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. She
has played influential roles in the organizationís
flu vaccine campaigns, creating a model to
immunize parents in the Intensive Care Nursery
during the 2009-2010 flu season. This campaign
has expanded exponentially into the Friends
and Family Flu Program which now provides free
influenza immunizations to thousands of family
members of Childrenís Mercy patients.
Cindy has been a member of the Association
for Professionals in Infection Control and
Epidemiology at both the local and national levels
for over 25 years, serving in numerous leadership
roles in the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter
and national Pediatric Section Chair. She has
served as steering committee co-chair of the Mid
American Immunization Coalition (MAIC) which is
responsible for building community partnerships
to increase awareness about the importance of
immunizations including improving access to all
immunization therapy. She has been recognized
as both a Childrenís Mercy Employee of the
Month and Employee of the Year, as well as a
Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award ñ Expanded
Role winner.
Cindy has taken the organizationís Infection
Control Program from a single position to a
department that monitors infection control
issues on all Childrenís Mercy campuses. Her
compassion for patients and their families is
demonstrated through her commitment to
minimize infectious disease risks by integrating
evidence-based practice and research into
health care practices across the organization.
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Carol has served the children of Childrenís Mercy
for more than 40 years in a variety of capacities.
Carol provides nursing care with compassion
and extensive knowledge and never fails to enter
Childrenís Mercy with a smile on her face and
empathy in her heart.
Carol is presently the Nurse Coordinator for
the Spinal Defects Clinic. Carol was essential
in developing this interdisciplinary clinic in an
effort to better serve this patient population.
Many of these children are faced with numerous
medical problems and are seen by an array
of providers from across the organization.
This would mean multiple appointments and
multiple visits to the hospital ó a challenge
especially for those patients traveling from
outside the metropolitan area. Through Carolís
leadership and coordination, the Spinal Defects
Clinic brings the providers to the patients in one
clinic. Neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons,
urologists, rehabilitation physicians, dieticians,
social workers, physical therapists and assistive
device experts come together every other week
to serve these special needs patients.
Carol consistently goes the extra mile to
accommodate her patients and their families.
She often begins her relationship with the family
prior to the childís birth and works with them
throughout their childhood ó from infancy to
graduation ó to make sure they receive the best
care possible to meet their individual needs. She
serves as an educator and care provider during
any inpatient stays and acts as a resource when
they are at home.
In addition to her role with the spinal defects
populations, Carol has been a wound and
ostomy nurse for the last 30 years ñ and the only
wound and ostomy nurse for 20 of those years.
In addition to her role in caring for wound and
ostomy patients, Carol also utilizes her expertise
to educate others across the organization in
wound and ostomy management in both the
inpatient and outpatient settings.
Carol also serves as Camp Director each
July for the Spina Bifida camp, ìMITIOG.î In
her role as director, her commitment goes
beyond just the care of the physical needs
of the 60 to 70 campers. She serves as a
role model, mentor and coach in helping
her patients reach their full potential as
they grow into young adults.
Congratulations Cindy and Carol on this
most deserved honor!
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2012 Nurse Legacy Award Winner –
Carol Hafeman
Carol has been a member of the Nursing Ethics
Forum for more than ten years, serving in a
leadership capacity for many of those years.
She consistently integrates ethical principles in
the care she provides each and every day. She
challenges others to consider what is in the best
interest of the patient and their family and the
importance their culture and beliefs play in the
decisions they make related to medical care.
Carol is also an active member of the Missouri
Nurses Association in which she has held various
positions of leadership. Carol was recognized
for her hard work and dedication, not only to the
Missouri Nurses Association, but to the profession
of nursing by being placed in the Missouri Nurses
Associationís Hall of Fame.
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The study utilized the Decision Involvement Scale (DIS) to collect information regarding nursesí
perceptions of shared decision making (Havens & Vasey, 2003). This scale measures both
the actual and preferred levels of decisional involvement by identifying the individualís
perception of primary decision making responsibilities in six subscales: Unit Staffing; Quality
of Professional Practice; Professional Recruitment; Unit Governance and Leadership; Quality
of Support Staff Practice; and Collaboration/Liaison Activities. The DIS survey was conducted
in April/May 2011. Nurses at all levels of the organization were invited to participate.
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The design team recognized the importance of evaluating direct care nurse and nurse
manager perceptions of the effectiveness of the shared decision-making structure and
redesign prior to implementing changes. In January 2011, an IRB application was submitted
for a study designed to determine nursesí perceptions of who makes decisions and who
should make decisions about a variety of tasks associated with nursing practice. In particular,
the goal of the study was to determine the baseline perceptions as part of an overall strategy
to implement the shared decision making model. Specific aims were to describe and
compare the decisional involvement perceptions of direct care nurses and nurse leaders.
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Shared decision making has been a cornerstone of nursing practice at Childrenís Mercy
for more than 25 years. Although integrated at all levels of the organization, variations in
expectations and application existed. Direct care nurses and nurse leaders took on the
challenge to redesign the current shared decision-making model in order to establish
a fundamental shared decision making philosophy for the Department of Nursing and
enhance the functionality of shared decision making at the department level. As a part of
this restructure, the design team was charged with establishing guidelines for the unitbased councils, as well as providing ongoing support of council chairs and members.
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Shared decision making is utilized in nursing to empower nurses to have control over their
practice. Evidence shows that nurses who participate more fully in decision making have
increased job satisfaction, which in turn, leads to reductions in nursing turnover (Hess, 2004).
In addition, involvement in this type of decision-making fosters healthy work environments
and improved patient outcomes.
The results of the survey showed that, although
preferred levels of decisional involvement for
direct care nurses and nurse leaders were
essentially the same, the perception of actual
levels of decisional involvement were significantly
different. In addition, these differences were
identified for the following subscales: Professional
Recruitment; Unit Governance and Leadership;
and Quality of Support Staff Practice.
At the conclusion of this campaign, design team
members were assigned to attend unit council
meetings to help mentor unit council chairs
and committees in their role in determining
solutions to practice issues and setting practice
standards. To further provide ongoing support
for department council chairs and members, the
Shared Decision Making Forum was introduced.
This quarterly meeting is designed for members
of unit based councils to share ideas, evaluate
processes and discuss common issues
throughout the organization. All council chairs are
invited to attend.
The shared decision making redesign was
implemented in June 2011, following completion
of the survey. Over the next two months,
members of the design team launched an
education campaign about the redesign, with
specific components targeted for direct care staff
and for nurse leaders. The new model utilizes
Tim Porter-OíGradyís concepts of Partnership,
Equity, Accountability and Ownership as the
fundamental values for shared decision making
in the Department of Nursing at Childrenís
Mercy (OíGrady, 2001). The design team created
Nursing Unit Council Guidelines to provide
direction and guidance for all of the nursing unit
councils at Childrenís Mercy. The purpose was
to provide structure for the councils including
council membership, the managerís role and
ground rules. The guidelines set the method for
processes and emphasize the importance of the
role of consensus in the decisions to be made.
Implementation of this shared decision
making structure will be complemented by the
knowledge that both direct care nurses and
nurse managers want similar involvement in
decisions by management and staff nurses. The
redesign team did an initial re-survey of the DIS
one year following implementation with little
changes noted from the pre-implementation
survey results. Recognizing that it takes time
to change culture, the redesign team plans
to administer the DIS in two to three years to
evaluate the impact the redesign has had on
perceptions of nursing involvement in the shared
decision making process. It is anticipated that by
integrating additional structure and support to the
organizationís shared decision making model,
the perceptions of actual decisional involvement
for direct care nurses and nurse leaders will more
closely mirror the preferred involvement identified
in all subscales.
Members of the Shared Decision Making
Design Team:
Karen Murray, RN, CCRN
Direct Care Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care
Unit; co-chair of the SDM Design Team and
research study Principle Investigator
Marissa Beidelschies, BSN, RN
Direct Care Nurse, Emergency Department
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Demographic information was also collected in
order to determine if there were distinctions by
demographic category.
Devin Bowers, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Nursing Department Director, Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit; co-chair of the SDM
Design Team
Bobbie Schomburg, BSN, RN, CPN
Direct Care Nurse, Sedation
Molly Terhune, BSN, RN
Direct Care Nurse, Intensive Care Nursery
Sabina Yasso, BSN, RN, CNOR
Direct Care Nurse, Operating Room
Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, PhD, RN
Senior Nurse Researcher, Patient Care
Services Research
Susan Teasley, MBA, MSN, RN, CCRC
Manager, Patient Care Services Research
OíGrady, T. (2001). Is shared governance still relevant? JONA,
31, 468-473.
Havens, D. S., & Vasey, J. (2003). Measuring staff nurse
decisional involvement. JONA, 33, 331-336.
Hess, R. (2004). From bedside to boardroom: Nursing
shared governance. Online Journal of Nursing, 9 (1)
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2011 Clinical Excellence Awards
Bernell Hevner O’Donnell, RN, Excellence in Psychosocial
Nursing Award
Karie B. Robinson, MSN, RN, CPNP, Nurse Practitioner, Pulmonology
Section
Excellence in Leadership Award in Nursing
Becky A. Paulsen, MS, RN, CPN, Director of Medical/Surgical Services
Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award – Medical/Surgical
Lisa K. Baker, BSN, RN, CPN, Staff Nurse, 4 Sutherland Tower
Gayla M. Huffman, BSN, RN, CPN, Staff Nurse, 5 Sutherland Tower
Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award – Operating Room/Same Day
Surgery/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit/Pre-Admission Testing/Pain
Management
Theresa M. Murray, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, Peri-Operative/Post Anesthesia
Care Unit, Same Day Surgery, Childrenís Mercy South
Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award – Expanded Role
Kristi L. Gordon, MSN, RN, CPNP, CPON, Nurse Practitioner, Hematology/
Oncology Division
Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award – Charge Nurse
Lindsey M. Koebel, BSN, RN, CPN, Charge Nurse, 2 Henson Tower
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Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award – Critical Care
Jacqulin B. Ashbaugh, BSN, RN, CCRN, Critical Care Staff Nurse, Intensive
Care Nursery
Aaron J. Rench, RN, Critical Care Staff Nurse, Emergency Department
Clinical Excellence in Nursing Awards – Ambulatory
Patricia A. Dalton, RN, Ambulatory Charge Nurse, Developmental
and Behavioral Sciences, Childrenís Mercy South
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Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award – Nurse as Teacher
Jacqueline K. Brown, BSN, RN, CPN, Critical Care Staff Nurse,
Emergency Department
Research Excellence Award – Nursing
Barbara M. Haney, MSN, RNC-NIC, CPNP-AC, Nurse Practitioner and
ECMO Coordinator, Intensive Care Nursery and Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit
Rookie of the Year Award
Marina A. Kulish, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, 5 Sutherland Tower
Bernell Hevner O’Donnell, RN, Excellence in Psychosocial
Nursing Award
Stephanie L. Patterson, BSN, RN, Critical Care Staff Nurse, Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit
Excellence in Leadership Award in Nursing
Susan M. Stamm, MSN, RN, CPNP, CPON, Director of Hematology/
Oncology Nursing Services, Hematology/Oncology and Bone
Marrow Transplant Division
Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award – Medical/Surgical
Megan M. Longstreet, BSN, RN, CPN, Staff Nurse, 2 Henson
Danica K. Stull, BSN, RN, CPHON, Staff Nurse, 4 Henson
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2012 Clinical Excellence Awards
Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award – Operating Room/Same Day
Surgery/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit/Pre-Admission Testing/Pain
Management
Marilyn N. Hedges, MSN, RN, Patient Care Clinical Coordinator, Childrenís
Mercy South Post-Anesthesia Care Unit/Same Day Surgery
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Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award – Critical Care
Karen E. Murray, RN, CCRN, Critical Care Staff Nurse, Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit
Betty Owen, RN, CPEN, Staff Nurse, Childrenís Mercy South
Emergency Department
Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award –Expanded Role
Dawn A. Tucker, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC/AC, Assistant Nursing Director,
Heart Center
Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award – Charge Nurse
Jannethe L. Morgan, RNC-NIC, Critical Care Charge Nurse,
Intensive Care Nursery
Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award – Ambulatory
Shari A. Knoth, RN, Ambulatory Staff Nurse, Childrenís Mercy South
Specialty Center
Rookie of the Year Award
Gregory M. Locker, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
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Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award – Nurse as Teacher
Sally A. Fagan, BSN, RN, CCRN, Critical Care Education Coordinator, Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit
Research Excellence Award – Nursing
Susan L. Teasley, MSN, RN, CCRN, Research Manager, Patient Care Services
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Heart of Healthcare Award
The University of Kansas School of Nursing established the Heart of Healthcare Award in 1989 to recognize the regionís outstanding nurses for
their commitment to their patients, families and community. Nominations are accepted from colleagues, employers, patients, families and friends.
A selection committee of previous award recipients and health care leaders review nominations and recognize ten award recipients. More than
5,500 nurses have been nominated for the Heart of Healthcare Award since its inception. In 2012, Childrenís Mercy was honored to have two
Heart of Healthcare Award recipients ñ Carol Hafeman, MA, BSN, RN, ET, Nurse Coordinator and Ron Fay, BSN, RN, CPEN, CRNI, Direct Care Nurse
in the Emergency Department.
Carol Hafeman, MA, BSN, RN,
ET – Nurse Coordinator, Spinal
Defects and Wound, Ostomy,
Continence Departments
Carol began her nursing career in
community health, working at the Visiting
Nurse Association (VNA) with the goal
of seeing pediatric patients. Although at
that time there were not many pediatric
patients receiving home health services,
Carol did establish a relationship with
Childrenís Mercy through the Richard
Cabot Clinic, a clinic located on the west
side of Kansas City, Mo., that serves a
primarily Hispanic population. When a
position opened at the Richard Cabot
Clinic, Carol applied for the job and
transitioned into the ambulatory setting.
This confirmed Carolís desire to work in
pediatrics.
While working at the Richard Cabot
Clinic, Carol spent time working with
newly diagnosed cystic fibrosis patients.
When a position opened at the hospital
for a nurse coordinator to care for cystic fibrosis
and spina bifida patients, Carol jumped at the
chance for a new challenge. In this role Carol
was able to work with patients and families with
complex medical needs, providing them with
resources and support to overcome both the
physical and emotional challenges associated
with their diagnoses. In Carolís work with the
spina bifida patients, she identified unique
challenges within this population that drove her
desire to seek additional education in the area of
ostomies, wound care and continence nursing.
Carolís support for her patients extends beyond
her role at the hospital. Carol serves as the health
coordinator for Camp Mitiog, a camp designed
specifically for patients with spina bifida. She also
provides support for a local spina bifida parent
group and has worked with ìBeyond Bounds,î
a group committed to developing a camp for
children with medical needs.
Currently, Carol is the Nurse Coordinator for
the Spinal Defects and the Wound, Ostomy,
Continence Departments at Childrenís Mercy.
Carol has been an active member of the Wound
Ostomy Continence Nurse Society since 1982.
Carol has also been an active member of the
American Nurses Association and Missouri
Nurses Association since graduation from
college, holding multiple positions at both the
district and the state level.
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Ron Fay, BSN, RN, CPEN, CRNI – Direct Care Nurse, Emergency Department
Ron began his nursing journey working in geriatrics as an LPN at McCrite Plaza and then
United Methodist Home in Topeka, Kan.. In 1987, he transitioned to the hospital setting at
St. Francis Health Center where he completed his Associate Degree in Nursing and began
working as an Registered Nurse, first on the Medical Floor and then in the Emergency
Department. Ron joined Childrenís Mercy in 1996, where he has worked in the Emergency
Department in both full-time and part-time capacities for the last 16 years.
Ronís passion for education is evident at the bedside where he is always willing to take new
nurses, nursing students, paramedics, EMTs and other health care providers under his wing.
While Ronís skills in teaching the technical side of nursing are exceptional, it is his ability to
help others understand the importance of establishing a relationship with the patient and
treating them with dignity, respect and compassion that is unmatched, especially in the busy
Emergency Department setting.
Over the past several years, Ron has served as a tutor for nursing students who have not
passed boards on previous attempts. Ron works with each student one-on-one to develop
a customized study plan to help them gain both the knowledge and confidence they need to
be successful. Ron meets with the student about one hour each week, guiding them on how
to answer test questions, as well as providing them encouragement and emotional support
through the process and does so at no cost to the student.
Ron works full time in IV Therapy at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan. and PRN
at Childrenís Mercy in the Emergency Department. Ron is a Certified Pediatric Emergency
Nurse and Certified Registered Nurse Infusionist and also serves as a Pediatric Advanced Life
Support instructor.
Congratulations to Carol and Ron on this well deserved recognition!
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The March of Dimes® Future of Nursing Awards
The March of DimesÆ Future of Nursing Awards recognizes nurses in 13 specialty areas
for their commitment to advancing the profession of nursing. More than 200 nurses from
across the Kansas City metro area were nominated for the 2011 awards. Award finalists were
chosen through a blinded review process by nursing professionals from hospitals, health
systems and nursing schools across Kansas City. Thirty-seven were recognized as finalists at
the 2011 Future of Nursing Awards gala, including 14 nurses from Childrenís Mercy. Of those
14 nurses, six were honored as winners in their respective categories:
Cathy C. Cartwright, MSN, RN, PCNSóPediatrics
Thuy Tien Dang, MSN, RN, FNP-BCóPublic Health and Ambulator y Care
Melissa Harber, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CPNóSurgical Ser vices
Gayla Huffman, BSN, RNóRising Star A ward
Janis Smith, DNP, RNóNursing Informatics
Jennifer Wulfert, MSN, RN, CPNPóOncology
Other Childrenís Mercy nurses recognized as finalists were:
Lacey Bergerhofer, BSN, RN, CCRNóNursing Informatics
Pam Dennis, MHA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFAóSurgical Ser vices
Lisa Ell, RN, CCRN, C-NPJóEmergency
Linda Hussy, CPNP, CCRC, CCRAóPediatrics
Erin Keith-Chancy, RNóNeonatology
Ingrid Larson, MSN, RN, CPNPóPediatrics
Heather Scruton, BSN, RNóW omenís Health
Debra Taylor, RNóEmergency
Congratulations to both the winners and the finalists for this prestigious recognition!
Left to Right: Karen Cox, RN, PhD, FACHE FAAN; Gayla Huffman, BSN, RN, CPN;
Cheri Hunt, RN, MHA, BSN, NEA-BC
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Kelly Manking Receives Children’s Mercy Kaleidoscope
Diversity Award
In 2011, The Equity and Diversity Council introduced The Childrenís Mercy Kaleidoscope
Diversity Award. This award is designed to honor Childrenís Mercy employees or departments
who consistently support and embrace diversity through acceptance and understanding of
our multicultural and multilingual families and coworkers. Nominations for the award must
demonstrate the organizationís commitment to embrace and value diversity by one of the
following:
ï Passionately recognizes and celebrates cultural differences.
ï Creatively challenges conventional thinking regarding diversity and inclusion.
ï Actively encourages and supports learning and exploration of diversity in a safe
environment.
ï Frequently volunteers or participates actively in the diverse communities we serve.
ï Consistently contributes to or attends Childrenís Mercy diversity related programs,
events and initiatives.
ï Recognizes and immediately addresses any inappropriate behavior unsupportive of
workplace diversity.
Kelly Manking, MPA, RN, NE-BC, Service Line Director for the Primary Care Clinics, PHIT Kids
and Operation Breakthrough, was recognized as the first Kaleidoscope Diversity Award
recipient. Kelly was presented this award during the 2011 Diversity Day Celebration.
Kelly, an Iowa Native, graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing and worked as a staff nurse at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. After
moving to Kansas City in 1982, she spent the next eight years at Truman Medical Center with
four of those years in the inpatient gynecology unit, two years in the OB/GYN Specialty Clinics
and the last two years as the Clinical Services Administrator for all OB/GYN Clinics. From
1990 to 1998, Kelly worked at Kaiser Permenante ñ five years as manager of a Multi Specialty
Clinic and three years as manager of the Contact Center. In the fall of 1998, Kelly returned to
Kansas City and joined Childrenís Mercy as Nurse
Manager of the Pediatric Care Center (PCC) and
Paseo Primary Care Clinics.
Kellyís interest in different cultures began in
college with one of her favorite classes being
Anthropology. At PCC, Kelly has continuously
sought out bilingual staff to assist in providing
care to our patients. Approximately 25 percent
of the 45,000 annual patient visits in PCC are
Spanish-speaking families.
Kelly says, ìI have spent many of my work years
at Truman Medical Center and Childrenís Mercy ñ
pretty diverse populations and often the patients
who other institutions are not willing to care for.
When I came to PCC we had one staff member
who was bilingual.î Now, with Kellyís passion
and commitment, over half of the care assistants
in PCC are bilingual.
Kellyís commitment to equity and diversity
reaches beyond the support of the multicultural
community. Kelly was one of the first managers
to work with Project Rise, a program designed
to help current or former Childrenís Mercy
patients with disabilities transition to adult care
through employment opportunities within the
organization. Kelly identified a position within
her department for an employee, a position that
moved with the clinic when PCC relocated to
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Childrenís Mercy Broadway. Kelly ensured this
employee was actively included in the transition
plan and that his position maintained its value
with the move. Although Kelly was instrumental
in working with Project Rise, she is quick to give
credit to the PCC team ñ ìThis wasnít a 'me'
thing ñ but a whole PCC embracement of ëourí
Jonathan.î
Kellyís colleagues say, ìShe creatively challenges
conventional thinking regarding diversity and
inclusion and demonstrates tremendous energy,
communication skill, grace and a sense of humor
in that role. She is attuned to the needs of the
diverse community we serve and continually
challenges those around her to discover new
and better ways of delivering the care our
patients need. Her vision of quality care stresses
compassion for every family who walks through
our doors and an appreciation for their unique
life experience. Kelly actively encourages and
supports learning and exploration of diversity in a
safe environment. She supports and encourages
all her staff who wish to continue their education
by being flexible with schedules so they can be
successful at school, as well as maintain their
position at Childrenís Mercy. She understands
that the hospital and our patients ultimately
benefit from this education and diversity.î
Congratulations Kelly on this well deserved
recognition!
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Carol Belt Advocacy Award
The Carol Belt Advocacy Award was created in 2000 by Advocacy for Children and Teens
(ACT), the hospital's multidisciplinary advocacy council in memory of Carol Belt. Carol was
a nurse at Childrenís Mercy for 35 years and was devoted to advocating for all children.
Following her retirement, she remained a fixture at Childrenís Mercy for 10 years as a
volunteer and archivist.
The award is designed to recognize individuals who have committed, beyond their roles at
Childrenís Mercy, to advocating for the health and well-being of children in the community.
Nominees must be Childrenís Mercy employees, medical staff, residents or volunteers.
Award recipients are selected by ACT and are announced at the Employee Services Awards
Dinner.
The 2011 Carol Belt Advocacy Award recipient is Angie Knackstedt, BSN, RN, Education
Specialist. Angie was a founding member of the ACT and has been involved with the Mother
and Child Coalition for more than 15 years. Angie has worked at Childrenís Mercy as an
Education Coordinator/Education Specialist since 1984. She provides continuing education
support to the nurses in the Ambulatory, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Childrenís Mercy
Urgent Care areas, as well as the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. She provides
leadership and support to many other projects and initiatives at Childrenís Mercy including
patient/family education, health literacy, nursing ethics, school nursing and conference
planning and management. Many of these programs reach beyond the hospital walls and
provide ongoing education to community organizations and other health professionals.
Angieís interest in the health and safety of children also reaches beyond Childrenís Mercy.
Angie has been involved with the Mother and Child Coalition for more than 15 years, an
organization committed to the health of mother and children in the Kansas City area. She
is a past chairperson and is currently serving on the Board of Directors and as secretary
for the organization. Angie participates in many of the Coalitionís programs, including Mid
America Immunization Coalition and Metro KC Safe Kids Coalition, which provide education
to children, families and health professionals while striving to promote immunizations and
injury prevention. Angie was also recently named to the Kansas Action for Children Board
of Directors where she advocates for the health, safety and education of the children of
Kansas.
Angie volunteers in the community in numerous
ways throughout the year. First as a pediatric
oncology nurse and educator and as a breast
cancer survivor, Angie has volunteered with the
American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen
Foundation. As a former member of the Johnson
County American Cancer Society, she assisted
in providing Pink Ribbon Luncheons for breast
cancer survivors and health professionals that
provided education and networking to assist
survivors in gaining knowledge of their disease,
self-care and recovery. She and her family have
participated in 15 Race for the Cure events,
beginning the weekend of her last chemotherapy
treatment in 1997. In addition, she is available to
her fellow colleagues and others when they need
support and information from a fellow survivor.
Through her children, Angie has spent many
years volunteering for their schools and the
community as a scout parent leader, room
parent and providing educational programs
and CPR classes to teachers, students and other
parents. She has volunteered at other community
organizations such as Johnson County Christmas
Bureau, Harvesters and St. Benedict's Children's
Center, including assisting with donation drives
and working with children and families.
Since 2010, Angie and her family have hosted
youth from Belfast, Northern Ireland each
summer with The Children for Peace in Ireland
program. This program allows teens from
Belfast to come to Kansas City to participate in
activities with teens from Kansas City. They learn
Service to others has always been an important
part of her life ó a passion learned from
her parents. It is now a special family activity,
especially when it comes to service for Childrenís
Mercy. Her husband, Scott and children, Joe
and Beka, have volunteered with her at many
Childrenís Mercy activities, including health fairs,
races, donations, helping set up educational
activities, etc. Her daughter, Beka, has
volunteered over the past six years at Childrenís
Mercy as a student volunteer.
provides church services at local nursing homes
and facilities for seniors in Johnson County. Once
a month, residents are brought to Church of
the Resurrection for a special service. After the
service, fellowship time is provided as the seniors
wait for the buses to return home. The Cookie
Ministry provides cookies for the seniors. Angie
participates in this special worship by baking
cookies using recipes from past decades,
as well as some current favorites, which
she hopes will bring a little joy along with
memories for the seniors who eat them.
Congratulations Angie on this much
deserved honor!
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from each other and the community to promote
peace through conflict management and fun.
Many of the Protestant and Catholic Belfast teens
have never interacted with each other prior to
becoming involved with The Children for Peace
program. In addition to hosting teens, Angie and
her family participate in fundraising and planning
throughout the year.
Two other special service projects for Angie
are her work with the Inter-Faith Hospitality
Network (IHN) in Johnson County and the Cookie
Ministry (part of the Silver Ministry) at Church of
the Resurrection in Overland Park. These two
programs allow her to provide service through
her enjoyment of baking and cooking. IHN
assists homeless families in Johnson County
with housing and services to learn to "get back
on their feet" such as financial counseling and
job services. As a part of the Cure of Ars Catholic
Church and Leawood Baptist Team, Angie helps
provide meals for the families in the program.
The Silver Ministry is a special program that
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DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was formed by Mark and
Bonnie Barnes in memory of their son J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications
from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Those who met Pat were touched by his
positive spirit, his sense of humor and his desire to help others in any way he could. Pat
was known for reaching out to comfort, to mentor and to share his phenomenally positive
outlook on life despite his ongoing battle with Hodgkinís disease. The DAISY Foundation was
established to keep this very spirit alive and flourishing.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was created to express the familyís profound
gratitude for the care Pat received during his illness by recognizing the super-human work
nurses do every day. The DAISY Foundation is recognizing nurses in over 1,000 health care
organizations with the DAISY Award for the care they provide to patients and their families.
The DAISY Award was introduced to Childrenís Mercy in September 2009. The Award is
presented every other month to an extraordinary nurse whose practice makes an enormous
difference in the lives of patients and families and who exemplifies the kind of nurse others
recognize as an outstanding role model. The DAISY nurse provides kind, nurturing and
empathetic care; utilizes nursing training and specialized skills in a competent and confident
manner; and acts as an advocate for patients and their families. Individuals are nominated
by their nurse administrators, peers, colleagues, physicians, patients and/or families.
Recipients of the DAISY Award receive a certificate proclaiming them an ìExtraordinar y Nurse,î
a DAISY Award pin and a unique hand-carved stone sculpture, entitled ìA Healerís Touch,î
created by sculptors from the Shona Tribe of Zimbabwe. Nurses nominated for the DAISY
Award are also recognized with a certificate and a DAISY Nomination Pin. In addition, the
award winnerís department receives a banner to hang in the unit and is treated to CinnabonÆ
cinnamon rolls as a reminder of how truly special each team member is and the difference
they make in the lives of patients and families.
Sarah Lindgren, RN, 4 Henson
Linda Mills, RN, CPN, Emergency Department
Carol Owen, RN, Childrenís Mercy Home Care
Cheri Streeter, BSN, RN, Nursing Supervision
Andrea Wignall, BSN, RN, CPN, Same Day
Surgery/PACU Childrenís Mercy South
April 2011
DAISY Award Recipient
Charlotte Smardo, RN, CCRN
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
DAISY Award Nominees
Jacque Ashbaugh, BSN, RN, CCRN, Intensive Care
Nursery
Lynda Bainbridge, MHA, RN, Neurology Clinic
Stephanie Bryan, BSN, RN, 5 Sutherland Tower
Pat Dalton, RN, Developmental & Behavioral
Sciences Childrenís Mercy South
Allison Davis, BSN, RN, Sleep Clinic
Pamela Davis, BSN, RN, CPN, Ready, Set, Grow
Clinic
Gail Dustman, RN, CNOR, RNFA, Operating Room
Melissa Erpelding, BSN, RN, CPN, Genetics Clinic
Kathe Jansen-Kraly, MSN, RN, CPNP, Scan Clinic
Elaine Johnson, RN, CPN, Neurology Clinic
Susan Klene, BSN, RN, CPON, Dermatology Clinic
Sue Leick, BSN, RN, CPN, Specialty Center
Childrenís Mercy South
DAISY Award Recipient
Shannon Kellogg, BSN, RN, CPAN
Same Day Surgery/Post Anesthesia Care Unit
DAISY Award Nominees
Jill Ariagno, MSN, RN, CPNP, Orthopaedic Surgery
Jeanne Bangert, RN, Surgery/Urology Clinic
Childrenís Mercy South
Lana Borden, BSN, RN, Childrenís Mercy Home
Care
Jill Carruth, BSN, RNC-OB, Fetal Health Center
Cheryl Cramer, LPN, ENT Clinic
Pamela Davis, BSN, RN, CPN, Ready, Set, Grow
Clinic
Morgan Dunleavy, BSN, RN, 4 Henson
Dagan Eichholz, RN, Emergency
Department
Holly Godshall, RN, Emergency Department
Deborah Goodwin, RN, Infusion Clinic
Brenda Hanks, LPN, Childrenís Mercy South
Inpatient
Shekinah Hensley, RN, CCRN, Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit
Dorathy Langley, LPN, Pediatric Care Center
Jessica Littell, RN, Emergency Department
Maria Martinez, BSN, RN, Contact Center
Ugne McBride, RN, 2 Henson
Heather Miles, RN, CPN, Sedation Team
Rita Mulleedy, RN, CPN, Childrenís Mercy
South Inpatient
Pam Otterstedt, RN, Developmental &
Behavioral Sciences Childrenís Mercy
South
Emily Reavey, RN, CPN, Emergency
Department
Diane Selvey, BSN, RN, AE-C, Allergy/
Immunology Clinic
Kristyn Spiller, BSN, RN, CPN, 5 Sutherland
Kathy Vandiver, MHA, MSN, RN, CPN,
Rheumatology Clinic
Lisa Wagenknecht, RN, CNOR, Operating
Room
Teresa Wilson, BSN, RN, 5 Henson/5 Hall
Melanie Yourdon, BSN, RN, CPAN, Same
Day Surgery/PACU
Leadership and Governance
February 2011
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June 2011
Susan Parish, RN, Endocrine Clinic
Amy Perry, BSN, RN, Endocrine Clinic
Michele Richardson, RN, Emergency Department
Diane Stark, RN, Intensive Care Nursery
Tammy Wimer, BSN, RN, Intensive Care Nursery
Marilyn Hedges, BSN, RN, Same Day Surgery/
PACU Childrenís Mercy South
Pam Nickerson, RN, CPN, Contact Center
Kristy Hendrix, BSN, RN, Endocrine Clinic
Patti Simmons, BSN, RN, CPN, GI Liver Care Team
August 2011
October 2011
DAISY Award Recipient
Wendy McClellan, BSN, RN
Long-term Follow-up Program, Hematology
Oncology Division
DAISY Award Recipient
Paula Capel, BSN, RN, CPN
Pulmonology Clinic
DAISY Award Recipient
Sue Campisano, RN, CPN
Childrenís Mercy South Specialty Center
DAISY Award Nominees
Kristen Burke, RN, Intensive Care Nursery
Paula Capel, BSN, RN, CPN, Pulmonology
Clinic
Rachel Christie, BSN, RN, 5 Henson/5 Hall
Brecklyn Findley, BSN, RNC-NIC, Intensive
Care Nursery
Carla Gorman-Frazier, BSN, RN, CCRN,
Transport Team
Pat Guthrie, RN, CPEN, Emergency
Department
April Jaquay-Sullivan, RN, CPN,
Rheumatology Clinic
Carrie Lewis, BSN, RN, CPN, Emergency
Department
Angie McMenemy, RN, Intensive Care
Nursery
Pam Otterstedt, RN, Developmental &
Behavioral Sciences Childrenís Mercy
South
DAISY Award Nominees
Leandra Awad, BSN, RN, 2 Henson
Sachia Logan, BSN, RN, CPN, Contact Center
Angela Calhoun, RN, Surgery Clinic
Corey Long, BSN, RN-BC, Intensive Care Nursery
Marianna Farino, RN, CPN, 2 Henson
Linda Mills, RN, CPN, Emergency Department
Carol Lynn Genilo, BSN, RNC-TNP, Contact Center
Stephanie McDanel, BSN, RN, Childrenís Mercy
Home Care
DAISY Award Nominees
Kara Woolfolk, BSN, RN, Childrenís Mercy South
Inpatient
Margaret Martin-McLain, BSN, RN, CPN,
Rheumatology Clinic
Tish Rehg, RN, CPN, Emergency Department
Pamela Davis, BSN, RN, Ready, Set, Grow Clinic
Sandy Price, MSN, RN, Developmental &
Behavioral Sciences
Maria McMahon, BSN, RN, CPN, Specialty Center
Childrenís Mercy South
January 2012
DAISY Award Recipient
Jill Carruth, BSN, RNC-OB
Elizabeth J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center
DAISY Award Nominees
Tracy Anderson, BSN, RN, CPN, Emergency
Department
Ann Appleyard, BSN, RN, Specialty Clinic
Childrenís Mercy South
Amy Belton, BSN, RN, Childrenís Mercy South
Inpatient
Jenny Elliott, MA, RN, CPN, 6 Henson
Kathy Fletcher, BSN, RN, Specialty Center
Childrenís Mercy South
Abby Gatoff, BSN, RN, Intensive Care Nursery
Jennifer Gentry, BSN, RN, Childrenís Mercy South
Inpatient
Jodi Hagen, RN, Adolescent Medicine/Eating
Disorder Clinic
Diana Harrel, BSN, RN, CPN, CV Lab
Charlotte Jacobsen, MSN, RN, Allergy/
Immunology Clinic
Kristen Jarvis, BSN, RN, CPN, Childrenís Mercy
South Inpatient
Megan Lacy, BSN, RN, Intensive Care Nursery
Tennille Luthi, BSN, RN, 5 Sutherland Tower
Heather Miles, RN, CPN, Sedation Team
Tina Moore, BSN, RNC-NIC, CPN, Contact Center
Katherine Morrissey, BSN, RN, Intensive Care
Nursery
Karen Treanor, NNP, Neonatology
Tiffany Mullen, BSN, RN, Pediatric Intensive Care
Unit
Kim Nicholson, RN, CPN, Emergency Department
Paola Noll, BSN, RN, 4 Sutherland
Dixie Norris, BSN, RN, CPN, Emergency
Department
Jana Nye, MSN, RN, CPN, Orthopaedic Clinic
Brittany Pendleton, RN, Intensive Care Nursery
Stacy Pennington, BSN, RN, CCRN, Pediatric
Intensive Care Nursery
Sandy Price, MSN, RN, Developmental &
Behavioral Sciences
Emily Reavey, RN, CPN, Emergency Department
Tish Rehg, RN, CPN, Emergency Department
Kristen Sayers, MSN, RNC, CPNP, Surgery
Clinic
Jessie Schirmer, RN, CPN, CDE, Endocrine
Clinic
Laine Scott-Nelson, BSN, RN, Endocrine
Clinic
Marty Snyder, BSN, RN, CRNI, CPN,
Childrenís Mercy Home Care
Brenda Taylor, BSN, RN, Contact Center
Julie Taylor, RN, Surgery/Urology Clinic
Childrenís Mercy South
Leadership and Governance
Suzie Vap, BSN, RN, 6 Henson
Bobbi Schomburg, BSN, RN, CPN, Sedation Team
Allison Hoffman, BSN, RN, CPN, 2 Henson
Lindsey Herrick, RN, 3 Henson
Leah White, BSN, RN, CPN, 3 Henson
Stephanie Meyer, MSN, RN, FNP, Same Day
Surgery/PACU
March 2012
DAISY Award Recipient
Susan Martin, BSN, RN, CPN
Specialty Center Childrenís Mercy South
DAISY Award Nominees
Ann Appleyard, BSN, RN, Specialty Center
Childrenís Mercy South
Courtney Banister, MSN, RN, CPN, 3 Henson
Heather Barnett, MSN, RN, CPNP, ONC,
Orthopaedic Surgery
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Lori Bennett, BSN, RN, 3 Henson
Tonia Best, RN, CPAN, Same Day Surgery/
PACU
Erin Chaney, BSN, RN, Surgery Clinic
Jennifer Clifton, BSN, RN, CPN, Childrenís
Mercy Home Care
Lena Cox, BSN, RN, CPN, 5 Henson/5 Hall
Pat Dalton, CPN, RN, Developmental &
Behavioral Sciences Childrenís Mercy
South
Andrea Erickson, RN, Emergency
Department
Patrice Guthrie, RN, CPN, Emergency
Department
Deanna Huffman, BSN, RN, Contact Center
Kelly Huntington, BSN, RN, CPN, 5 West
Susan Klene, BSN, RN, CPN, Dermatology
Clinic
Laura Kozlowski, RN, CPN, Sleep Disorders
Clinic
Carrie Lewis, BSN, RN, CPN, Emergency
Department
Penny Monachino, RN, CPN, Kidney Center
Rita Mulleedy, RN, CPN, Childrenís Mercy
South Inpatient Unit
Carletta Murray, BSN, RN, CPN, 2 Henson
Sandy Price, MSN, RN, Developmental and
Behavioral Sciences
Kathleen Russell, BSN, RN, CPON,
Hematology/Oncology Clinic
Kristen Sayers, MSN, RNC, CPNP, Surgery
Angela Smith, RN, 2 Henson
Kate Troy, BSN, RN, Rheumatology Clinic
Karen Widdis, RN, CPNP, CCRN,
Neurosurgery
Carol Lance, BSN, RN, 5 Sutherland Tower
Ingrid Larson, MSN, RN, CPNP, Pediatric Care
Center
Venise Mobley, MSN, RN, CPN ñ Weight
Management
Katie Moran, BSN, RN, CPN, Orthopaedic Clinic
Sara Torrez, BSN, RN, CCRN, Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit
Amanda Woldruff, BSN, RN, CPN, 5 Sutherland
Tower
May 2012
DAISY Award Recipient
Amy Diggs, BSN, RN, CPON
4 Henson
DAISY Award Nominees
Angie Baker, BSN, RN, CPN, Northland Urgent
Care
Angie Black, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, CPN, Emergency
Services
Aaron Cantrell, BSN, RN, CPN, Sports Medicine/
Orthopaedics
Tera Duke, BSN, RN, Emergency Department
Liz Edmundson, PhD(c), RN, Sedation/Pain
Management/Radiology
Stacie Fogelberg, BSN, RN, 4 Henson
Lindsay Jessee, RN, CCRN, Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit
Christina Kincaid, BSN, RN, Emergency
Department
July 2012
DAISY Award Recipient
Malisa Putnam, BSN, RN, CPN, CDE
Endocrine
DAISY Award Nominees
Michelle Boswell, BSN, RN, Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit
Mary Calcara, RN, CPN, 4 Sutherland
Britanny Craemer, RN, 4 Henson
Jill Dinkel, BSN, RN, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Irene Dowler, RN, Neurology Clinic
October 2012
DAISY Award Recipient
Mary Ann Johnson, BSN, RN, CPN
Urgent Care College Boulevard Childrenís Mercy
South
DAISY Award Nominees
Ann Appleyard, BSN, RN, Childrenís Mercy South
Specialty Center
Jessica Bertram, BSN, RN, Childrenís Mercy South
Inpatient Unit
Mary Calcara, RN, CPN, 4 Sutherland
Jean Crumrine-Brauer, RN, CPN, 5 Sutherland
Tower
Mary Dietrich, BSN, RN, CPN, Dermatology Clinic
Rebekah Ebert, BSN, RN, CPN, Dermatology Clinic
Lisa Green, RN, Pediatric Care Center
Denise Grogan, BSN, RN, CPN, Sedation Team
Megan Gustafson, BSN, RN, Neurology Clinic
Pat Guthrie, RN, CPN, CPEN, Emergency
Department
Katie Hirleman, RN, Endocrine Clinic
Jenna Johnston, BSN, RN, CPN, 6 Henson
Kelly Jones, RN, CPN, 2 Henson
Beth Kent, BSN, RN, Sedation Team
Sue Leick, BSN, RN, CPN, Specialty Center
Childrenís Mercy South
Linda Mills, MSN, RN, CPN, Emergency
Department
Jolene Palmer, BSN, RN, CPN, Emergency
Department
Sandy Price, MSN, RN, Developmental and
Behavioral Sciences
Lori Robertson, RN, Emergency
Department
Bernie Rourke, RN, Childrenís Mercy Home
Care
Nancy Shreve, MS, RN, FNP, NP-C,
Hematology/Oncology
Amy Scott, BSN, RN, CPN, Emergency
Department
Christine Smith, BSN, RN, CCRC,
Nephrology Clinical Research
Danica Stull, BSN, RN, CPHON, 4 Henson
Brenda Taylor, RN, Contact Center
Lelani Taylor, BSN, RN, CPN, Childrenís
Mercy South Inpatient Unit
Amanda Williams, BSN, RN, CPN,
Emergency Department
Andrew Wilson, BSN, RN, CPON,
Hematology/Oncology
Susan Widener, MSN, RN, CPN, Urgent
Care College Boulevard Childrenís Mercy
South
Leadership and Governance
Tara Fitzpatrick, BSN, RN, CAPA, Same Day
Surgery/PACU Childrenís Mercy South
Margy Gehrig, MSN, RN, CPN, Pulmonology Clinic
Amy Hall, BSN, RN, 4 Henson
Nicole Ingolia-Hale, BSN, RN, Developmental &
Behavioral Sciences
Chrystal Lipp, LPN, Surgery/Urology Clinic
Kristen Kerwin, BSN, RN, CPAN, Same Day
Surgery/PACU
Susan Leick, BSN, RN, CPN, Specialty Center
Childrenís Mercy South
Debbie McCamy, BSN, RN, CPN, ENT Clinic
Kristi McGowin, MSN, RN, CPNP, ENT
Virginia Rector, LPN, Childrenís Mercy West
Theresa Reed, BSN, RN, CPN, Emergency
Department
Jay Rivard, RN, Same Day Surgery /PACU
Allyson Shore, MSN, RN, CPN, Endocrine
Stephanie Tartaglia, RN, 4 Henson
Adrienne Weeks, BSN, RN, CPN, Hospital Shift
Supervisor
Amanda Woldruff, BSN, RN, CPN, 5 Sutherland
Tower
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December 2012
DAISY Award Recipient
Mary Hunter, BSN, RN, CCRN
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Quality
Improvement Department
DAISY Award Nominees
Cherie Burroughs-Scanlon, BSN, RN, CPN,
ENT Clinic
Mary Chaston, MSN, RN, Social Work
Ranee Clapp, RN, Contact Center
Janna Crowley, BSN, RN, CPN,
Orthopaedic Clinic
Jean Crumrine-Brauer, RN, CPN, 5
Sutherland Tower
Judy Farrar, RN, Childrenís Mercy West
Julie Harris, RN, CCRN, Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit
Deanna Huffman, BSN, RN, Contact Center
Kristen Jarvis, RN, Childrenís Mercy South
Inpatient
Julie Jost, BSN, RN, CPN, Emergency
Department
Jayme Kagarice, BSN, RN, Neurology Clinic
Marilyn Kirn, MSN, RN, CPN, Childrenís Mercy
Urgent Care East
Megan Lacy, BSN, RN, Intensive Care Nursery
Kelsey Logan, RN, Endocrine Clinic
Stephanie McDanel, BSN, RN, Childrenís Mercy
Home Care
Jamee McNally, RN, CPN, CPNP, Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation
Kristen Mroczka, BSN, RN, CCRN, Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit
Pam Otterstedt, RN, Specialty Center Childrenís
Mercy South
Sandy Price, MSN, RN, Developmental and
Behavioral Sciences
Rukhsana Rahmetulla, RN, CPNP, Hematology/
Oncology
Andrea Sherman, RN, Intensive Care Nursery
Jeanne Thomas, RN, Operating Room
Amanda Tilton, BSN, RN, Dermatology Clinic
Shirley Webb, BSN, RN, Hospital Shift Supervisor
Innovation
Innovation
Barcode Medication
Administration Implemented to
Improve Patient Safety
When assessing potential risks for patient harm,
the medication process sits at the top of the list of
serious errors that can happen to patients in the
hospital. Medication administration is the final
step in the process ó or the last chance to catch
an error ó so nurses are accustomed to using
the ë5 rightsí to assure the right patient receives
the right medication in the correct dose at the
right time and via the right route. Recognizing
the importance of closing the loop on medication
safety, Childrenís Mercy has developed and
supported a strong medication process through
computerized order entry (CPOE), pharmacy
automation and utilizing an electronic medication
administration record (eMAR). The final segment
of this safety loop was the implementation of
Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA).
BCMA adds an additional layer of safety during
medication administration and further reduces
the risks of medication administration errors.
Planning for BCMA was several years in
the making, but came to reality in 2011.
An interdisciplinary team of direct care
providers, organizational leaders, clinical
informatics nurses, information systems
analysts, pharmacy and end users
collaborated to solve problems and refine
work processes prior to implementation.
The team began by visiting other
organizations using BCMA to evaluate
processes and available technology.
This background and insight allowed
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the team to identify potential barriers, as well as develop processes to ensure a successful
implementation. These experiences also allowed the team to identify what equipment would
best suit the needs for the patients and staff. Once these processes and equipment were
defined and a timeline established, the team met with each departmentís leadership team
and shadowed direct care nurses to learn workflow and determine specific department needs
and potential barriers.
In order to provide the needed attention and address unique processes and concerns,
BCMA was implemented one department at a time. Nurses and respiratory therapists
received general classroom training a week prior to implementation. This education provided
an opportunity to address department specific BCMA challenges. Through the week of
implementation, Information Systems, Pharmacy Information Systems and Clinical Informatics
teams supported direct care nurses by being on the unit to provide on the spot resources
and trouble shooting. Using this rolling implementation structure, all major departments
were live with BCMA within a year. As specialty areas implement the electronic medication
administration record, the Clinical Informatics and Information Systems team continue to
implement BCMA across the organization.
BCMA implementation supports the organization's overall goal of providing high-quality,
effective, efficient patient care by decreasing medication administration risks through
an additional layer of safety, therefore decreasing medication administration errors. Our
established BCMA compliance goals have been met as demonstrated by BCMA scan rates of
90 percent or greater for both patient and medication. Preliminary data indicates a decrease in
medication administration errors as reported through our incident reporting system. The BCMA
process continues to be evaluated to ensure workarounds are not created and patient safety
remains the focus of barcode assisted medication administration.
Innovation
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Decreasing Codes Outside the ICU
Code Blue events in pediatrics are most commonly the result of respiratory arrest or circulatory
collapse. The events are rarely sudden and are often accompanied by a period of clinical
deterioration/escalation. The ability to impact the course of illness during this pre-arrest phase
has been the impetus for several important advancements in the delivery of health care to
children. Over the past several years, Childrenís Mercy has focused on eliminating Code Blue
events outside of the intensive care units (ICU) by implementing several practice changes that
have been identified as successfully impacting patient outcomes. Utilizing a comprehensive
approach that engages leadership, promotes a culture of safety and adopts specific best
practices, Childrenís Mercy has sustained improvements directly related to these initiatives.
The goal of these initiatives is to prevent situations of ìfailure to rescueî ó where a patientís
declining condition was or could have been recognized early enough to have interventions
improve the condition or to seek timely transfer to the ICU for increased care needs. Code Blue
events outside of ICU are benchmarked nationally through the Childrenís Hospital Association,
formerly known as the Childrenís Hospital Corporation of America. This measure is defined as
resuscitation events on the medical/surgical units that necessitate airway, cardiovascular and
fluid resuscitation interventions and require escalation to a higher level of care in the ICU. The
combination of culture and structure changes produced a steady decline in medical/surgical
Code Blue events.
Prompted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 100K Lives Campaign, the hospital's
Rapid Response Team (RRT) began responding to calls in 2006. Code Blue calls to the medical/
surgical units decreased markedly over the next several months then leveled and sustained.
The next effort directly aimed at reduction of Code Blue events on medical/surgical units came
in 2010 with the introduction of the Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS).
Innovation
The PEWS score is a validated measure of the patientís stability that considers the patientís behavior,
as well as cardiovascular and respiratory statuses. Scores range from 0-11; the higher the score, the
more unstable the patient. An algorithm based on the patientís PEWS score is followed to consistently
guide reassessment times and communication among all health care providers.
Pediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS)
3
BEHAVIOR
CARDIOVASCULAR
SCORE 2 EXTRA FOR:
28 Week
GA
Age
0
Lethargic
Confused
Reduced pain response
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Irritable
Inconsolable
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Sleeping
Consolable when fussy
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Playing
Appropriate
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Cyanotic
Mottled
Cap refill 5 seconds or longer
HR 30 bpm above norm for
age
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Cyanotic undertones
Cap refill 4 seconds
HR 20 bpm above norm for
age
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Pale
Cap refill 3 seconds
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Color normal for ethnicity
Cap refill 1-2 seconds
HR within norm for age
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RR below norm for age
Flaring
Grunting
Head bobbing
FiO2 50% or higher
O2 delivery 8 L/min or higher
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RR 20 above norm for age
Retracting
FiO2 40% or higher
O2 delivery 6 L/min or higher
Trach, BiPAP, CPAP
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RR 10 above norm for age
FiO2 30% or higher
O2 delivery 3 L/min or higher
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RR within norm for age
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
Every 15 minute or continuous nebulizer treatments
Persistent postoperative vomiting
HR less than 60 bpm
= 7 or greater
PEWS
Re-assess with experienced
request provider nurse and
assess patient
at bedside. call the attending Nurse must
physician
to discuss
assessment findings
Re-score in 30 minutes
1
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RESPIRATORY
2
32 Week
GA
PEWS
= 5 or greater Re-assess with experienced
nurse
and request provider
assess patient at
bedside
Re-score in 1 hour
34 Week
GA
Heart Rate
120-180
120-180
120-180
Respiratory
Rate
55-65
55-65
55-65
Term
NB
90170
40-60
PEWS
= Total score of 4, or 3 in one category
Re-assess
with
experienced nurse and
consult provider to
steps determine
next
PEWS
= 3 Re-assess
with
experienced
nurse
and
agree on nursing
reassessment plan
PEWS
= 0-2 with next
Re-score
routine vital signs
for care
Re-score in 2 hours
Re-score in 4 hours
1 Mo
3 Mo
6 Mo
1 Yr
2 Yrs
4 Yrs
6 Yrs
8 Yrs
10 Yrs
12 Yrs
14 Yrs
Adult
110180
110180
110180
80160
80130
80120
75115
70110
70110
60110
60-105
60-100
30-50
30-45
25-35
20-30
20-30
20-30
18-24
18-22
16-20
16-20
16-20
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Reviewed/Revised: 02/11, 6/12 Innovative training methods were used to foster implementation. Training for both nurses and
physicians was done using an interactive CHEX model, built by Childrenís Mercy Education
Department staff, as well as multidisciplinary team training in a classroom setting for those in key
nursing and physician leadership positions. Information Technology and Clinical Informatics staff
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supported PEWS by building the PEWS scoring tool, algorithm and ordering processes into
the organizationís electronic medical record in a manner that provides both documentation
and decision support. Med/Surg nurses were taught how to calculate a PEWS score for their
patients at each point of taking the patientís vital signs. Physicians were trained about the
evidence-based research backing PEWS and how it would be implemented and used at
Childrenís Mercy. Throughout 2011, enhancements, re-training and reinforcement of PEWS
utilization occurred to support, sustain and improve its usefulness.
A less dramatic reduction in Code Blue calls occurred after initial PEWS implementation,
but a reduction none-the-less. A review of data shows that between RRT and PEWS, a
series of changes produced a steady decline in the Code Blue rate: introduction of SBAR
communication, development of ìcrucial conversationî skills and changes in the structure
of the medical residency program. The Code Blue rate per 1,000 patient days is tracked
quarterly to measure success. In January 2006, the rate was 1.2/1,000 patient days. By March
2012, it had decreased to less than 0.2/1,000 patient days. These reductions have been
sustained consistently over time.
were used to implement PEWS and continue to be
used for ongoing PEWS work. By collaborating to
address concerns regarding a patientís condition,
the health care team can provide earlier
intervention, resulting in sustained improvements
in patient outcomes.
Innovation
PEWS is continually being evaluated for
effectiveness and issues related to its
implementation. During reviews of RRT and
Code Blue activations in 2012, a pattern of
communication breakdown was recognized
among residents, attending physicians and
nurses caring for patients with escalating care
needs. In response to this trend, the PEWS
Committee developed an additional step in the
PEWS algorithm. The additional step prompts the
nurse to directly contact the patientís attending
physician for any PEWS scores seven and higher.
Nurses and residents were trained to place
this call to the attending physician together,
as a conference call, unless extenuating
circumstances prevented them from doing so.
The purpose of the additional algorithm step is to
allow all parties directly caring for a deteriorating
patient to hear each otherís concerns and the
plan of care in the same single conversation in
order to prevent communication breakdown.
This change was implemented in October 2012.
Results will be analyzed from data collected
throughout 2013.
Although the evidence-based initiatives that
were implemented were not unique, the
synergy occurring through this culture change
fostering a collaborative interdisciplinary
environment is. Stakeholders work together to
improve communication and evaluate practices.
Innovative and interdisciplinary training methods
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CQPI Training Leads to High Quality Outcomes
In 2011, Childrenís Mercy introduced the Continuous Quality and Practice Improvement (CQPI)
Program. This program is designed to provide participants with essential tools to successfully
initiate, facilitate and complete quality and practice improvement projects.
Interested participants submit an application identifying their quality improvement project and
three member CQPI team. The application must describe the aim of the project, which of the
organizationís strategic initiatives and the Institute for Medicineís Dimensions of Quality Care
are addressed and how the team anticipates measuring the success of the project. Each
team must also identify a senior organizational leader as a project sponsor.
Each cohort participates in eight seven-hour lecture series over a four month timeframe. The
core curriculum covers four quality and process improvement themes: Initiating, Investigating,
Identifying and Improving. Courses are taught by Childrenís Mercy experts in quality
improvement ñ Lory Harte, PharmD, CPHQ, Continuous Quality Improvement Education
Program Manager and Keith Mann, MD, MEd, Associate Executive Medical Director and Chief
Medical Quality & Safety Officer.
In addition, tools are provided to the cohort to ensure successful project implementation. This
includes access to a Quality and Process Improvement expert to serve as a mentor, as well as
a tool box that contains resources to help teams meet each phase of the program.
In 2011, a pilot cohort was conducted with staff from the Pediatric Care Center, ìQUIT Pain in
the PCC.î Participants included:
ï Jennifer Schurman, PhD
ï Rebecca Johnson, PhD
ï Jolynn Parker, BSN, RN, CPN
ï Carol Garrison, MD
ï Mark Connelly, PhD
ï Kristi Williams, MD
ï KaMara White, MHA
ï Amanda Drews Deacy, PhD
Utilization of the Thyroid Algorithm for Lab
Testing
ï Marilyn S. Hamilton, MD, PhD
Increase Delivery of EMR-Based Asthma
Action Plans in the Pulmonary Clinic
ï Helen Murphy, RRT, AE-C
ï Shawna Meyer, RRT, AE-C
Decrease Preventable Readmission Rates
ï Naim Mitre, MD
ï Brad Bishop, MD
ï Joe Cernich, MD
ï Katrina Aug
Respiratory Device Related Pressure Ulcer
Prevention
ï Kristina L. Foster, MS, RN, APRN, BC,
CWOCN
ï Kathlyn S. Baharaeen, BSN, RN, CCRN
ï Amber N. Johnson, BSN, RN
ï Emily L. Wilkinson, BHS, RRT
ï Mike Boyd
Improving Communication between the ED
and Ultrasound to Improve the Quality of
Services and Employee Satisfaction
ï Danielle LíEcuyer, BSHS, RT(R)
ï Jami Pickert, RT(R), CT
ï Rachelle David, BHS, RDMS, RVT
Reducing the Number of Patients
Inappropriately Scheduled for OralPharyngeal Motility Studies
ï Sally Shubat, MA, CCC-SLP
ï Nanci Burchell, MBA, CNMT, FSNMTS
ï Cindy A. Ortiz, MBA
Determining Quality and Practice
Improvement in Medical Toxicology
ï Lenny Gaulke, RN, CPN
ï Jennifer Lowry, MD
ï Daniela Pirvu, RN, CPN
ï Adam Algren, MD
ï Rita Mulleedy, RN, CPN
ï Mike Christian, MD
ï Michele Rooney, BSN, RN, CPN, CCRC
ï Connie Aubin
ï Lena Cox, MBA, MSN, RN, CPN
ï Jack Curran
ï Kathy Butrick, RN
Standardization of Patient Handoffs
Innovation
In the fall of 2012, 27 individuals graduated from
the first CQPI cohort. Participants and their CQPI
projects were as follows:
CQPI will be accepting applications for two
cohorts to begin in March 2013 and August
2013.
ï Sara Donnelly, LMSW, LCSW
ï Danica Harris, LCSW
ï Fred Kouri, LMSW, LCSW
Improving Quality and Patient Throughput
with Continuity of Care
ï Michael Bingler, MD
ï Dawn Tucker, MSN, RN, CPNP, PC/AC
ï Lori Erickson, MSN, RN, CPNP
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Blitz Meetings Improve Direct Care Provider Engagement and
Quality Patient Outcomes
Engaging direct care staff in quality improvement projects can be difficult, especially when
coordinating multiple departments and shifts. Direct care providers are challenged to find
additional time to attend meetings and participate in projects in the midst of a busy work
schedule and home life. To overcome these challenges, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
(PICU) utilized an innovative approach to engage interdisciplinary participants, enhance
productivity and improve patient outcomes.
Beginning in December 2011, the PICU identified a need to address unplanned extubation
rates. Recognizing the importance of engaging multiple disciplines in the development and
implementation process and the need to expedite improvements in patient outcomes, the
PICU utilized Kaizen blitz methodology ñ a common quality improvement structure found in
the manufacturing industry. A Kaizen blitz is a focused, intense, short-term project to improve
a process. The blitz format supports rapid project design and implementation by utilizing
longer meeting times which deliver an immediate product.
This structure appealed to staff as they appreciated the short term commitment, productive
meetings and rapid implementation with evidenced outcomes. Project team members
were recruited from the PICU and Respiratory Care direct care providers. Participants were
presented with an initial timeline that included a one-hour project planning meeting and
one or two four-hour ìblitzesî over a two to three month period. The team used a road map
to guide the meeting time to ensure clear objectives and reduce the amount of offline work
required of team members. Two four-hour blitzes were needed to complete the project. The
first blitz occurred in January 2012 and focused on Endotracheal Tube taping guidelines. Team
members evaluated evidence-based practices and identified the best taping methods to
implement across the department. The second blitz was held in February 2012 and focused
on designing the staff education and monitors for continual measurement of compliance and
outcomes.
Education of the staff was conducted in March 2012, with actual implementation of practice
changes in April 2012. Immediate improvements were seen in the number of Unplanned
Extubations per 100 Ventilator Days:
Innovation
is more productive and
accommodates the
needs of a variety of
direct care staff. This
innovative approach to
quality improvement
accommodated the needs
of representatives from
multiple departments
and shifts in order to
successfully complete an
interdisciplinary project in
less than four months.
Unplanned extubation rates significantly
decreased after implementation and continue
to remain low. The first and second quarters
following implementation saw only two
unplanned extubations and one unplanned
extubation, respectively, a drastic reduction from
5 to 15 unplanned extubations that had been
seen in recent quarters. Follow-up monitoring
has shown excellent compliance to the new
taping guidelines. Direct care providers from
all affected disciplines have provided positive
feedback on both the blitz structure and the
resulting implementation process.
The blitz format can be highly effective for
implementing rapid change. The planning
and implementation that can normally take
several months, or even years to accomplish
is completed in a highly focused setting which
Congratulations to the PICU and the Unplanned
Extubation Team Members on this valuable
improvement!
PICU Unplanned Extubation Team Members:
ï Kathy Baharaeen, BSN, RN, CCRN, Charge
Nurse/PICU QI Project Coordinator,
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
ï Devin Bowers, MSN, RN, NE-BC,
Department Director, Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit
ï Will Findlay, Instructional Technology
Manager, Education
ï Amanda Hanna, BSN, RN, Direct
Care Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care
Unit
ï Chris Hubble, MD, PICU Medical
Director of Quality, Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit
ï Patrice Johnson, MBA, RRT-NPS,
Director, Respiratory Care
ï Ben Jongenelen, RRT-NPS,
Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory
Care
ï Kara Manning, BSN, RN, Direct Care
Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
ï Tiffany Mullen, BSN, RN, Direct Care
Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
ï Julie Ray, RRT, Respiratory Therapist,
Respiratory Care
ï Mike Boyd, Director, Quality Improvement
ï Jennifer Pannullo, RRT-NPS,
Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory
Care
ï Sally Fagan, BSN, RN, CCRN, Critical Care
Unit Education Coordinator, Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit
ï Teresa Tobin, MS, RRT-NPS,
Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory
Care
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Ford D, Jantzen M. Examining Nurse Leader/
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Lacey S, Olney A, Cox K. The Clinical
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Bass J. Chief Millennial Officer: Itís Time to Write
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Blizzard P, Goodyear-Bruch C, Hunt C, Burns S.
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Penn E, Yasso SF, Wei JL. Reducing
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Clarke PN, Lacey S, Cox K. Transparency in
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Degnan A, Henderson S, Nau A. Transition
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Podium Presentations
2011
Bartlett JA, Gutierrez C. ìEvidenced Based
Practice Scholars Program Generates
Expert Literature Analysis Cliniciansî,
Academy for Continuing Education,
Arizona State University College of Nursing
& Health Innovation Practice; Phoenix, AZ,
June 2011.
Blizzard P, Burns S. ìADVANCE: The Impact
of a Professional Development Programî,
21st Annual Society of Pediatric (SPN)
Nurses Convention, Las Vegas, NV, April
2011.
Cartwright C. ìChildhood Strokeî, Stroke
Conference, Long Beach, MS, June 2011.
Cartwright C. ìControversies in Pediatric Brain
Death Determinationî, Contemporar y Forums Pediatric Critical Care Conference, Las Vegas, NV,
October, 2011.
Cartwright C. ìHydrocephalus in Pediatricsî,
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
(AANS) Mid-Level Practitioners Conference,
Chicago, IL, September 2011.
Cartwright C. ìPathway to Leadershipî, American
Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)
Annual Education Meeting, Kansas City, MO,
March 2011.
Cartwright C. ìPediatric Athletic Concussion:
When Can They Return to Play?î, American
Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)
Annual Education Meeting, Kansas City, MO,
March 2011.
Cartwright C. ìReturn to Play Guidelines for
Pediatric Athletic Concussion: What Does
the Evidence Say?î, European Association of
Neuroscience Nurses Quadrennial Congress,
Blankenberge, Belgium, May 2011.
Clark M, Kling L, Holcomb A, Bickford D, Spiering
T. ìCelebrating Best Practices and Applying and
Obtaining Gold Leaf Awardî, American Society
of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) Component
Development Institute, Philadelphia, PA,
September 2011.
Cox K. ìDeveloping and Sustaining a Culture of
Safetyî, 2011 Guangzhou Women and Childrenís
Hospital Conference, Guangzhou, China, April,
2011.
Cox K. ìMagnet: A Path to Excellence in Care
Deliveryî, 2011 Zhuijiang Hospital, Southern
Medical University Conference, Guangzhou,
China, April, 2011.
Cox K. ìMandator y Masking for Healthcare
Personnel at Risk for Influenzaî, 2011 Pediatric
Academic Societies (PAS), Denver, CO, May 2011.
Cox K, Lacey, S. ìNursing Innovation Center:
Making the Business Case for Staff Nurses
Improving Patient Outcomesî, American Nurses
Association (ANA) 2011 National Database of
Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) Conference,
Miami, FL, January 2011.
Docherty S, Robb S, Phillips-Salimi C, Cherven
B, Stegenga K, Hendricks-Ferguson V, Roll
L, Donovan-Stickler M, Hasse J. ìParental
perceptions of helpfulness and meaningfulness
of a therapeutic music video intervention for
adolescents and young adults undergoing stem
cell transplantationî, Oncology Nursing Society
Cancer Nursing Research Conference, Anaheim,
CA, February 2011.
Fioravanti V. ìLiver Transplantation: The Pediatric
Perspectiveî, American Association of Nurse Life
Care Planners Annual Conference, Kansas City,
MO, October 2011.
Goodyear-Bruch C. ìStatistic for the Very Afraidî,
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
(AACN) National Teaching Conferenceî, Chicago,
IL, May 2011.
Goodyear-Bruch C. ìAACN Nurse Manager
Skills Inventory: Tracking Your Needs, Goals and
Action Planî, American Association of Critical
Care Nurses (AACN) Nurse Manager Priorities
Conference, Las Vegas, NV, September 2011.
Goodyear-Bruch C, Lacey S. ìFinding Your Mojo:
What It Is, Why It Matters, What It Doesî, American
Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
National Teaching Pre-Conferenceî, Chicago, IL,
April 2011.
Goodyear-Bruch C. ìCoaching and Mentoring
for Successî, American Association of Critical
Care Nurses (AACN) Nurse Manager Priorities
Conference, Las Vegas, NV, September 2011.
Goodyear-Bruch C, Martin B. ìLeadership Skills
for Nurses Who Stand Tallî, American Association
of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) National Teaching
Conferenceî, Chicago, IL, May 2011.
Goodyear-Bruch C. ìHow to Make Sense of
Quality Improvement for Your Unitî, American
Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Nurse
Manager Priorities Conference, Las Vegas, NV,
September 2011.
Grotelueschen A. ìPulmonar y Manifestations
of Tuberous Sclerosisî, Mississippi River Valley
Pediatric Pulmonary Conference, Teleconference,
February 2011.
Goodyear-Bruch C. ìInstitute of Medicine (IOM)
Report on the Future of Nursing: Now What?î,
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
(AACN) Nurse Manager Priorities Conference, Las
Vegas, NV, September 2011.
Goodyear-Bruch C. ìSelf-Leadership and Career
Planning: The Next Stepsî, American Association
of Critical Care Nurses Nurse (AACN) Manager
Priorities Conference, Las Vegas, NV, September
2011.
Hubble R. ìEmbracing All with Compassionî,
22nd Childrenís Hospice International Panel,
Bangkok, Thailand, November 2011.
Hunt C, Kisling E, Bradley K. ìBreaking News:
Implementing Fun and Informative Methods
for Keeping Nurses Up-to-Dateî, American
Organization of Nurse Executivesí (AONE) 44th
Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, CA,
April, 2011.
Hunt C, Blizzard P, Burns S. ìNursing
CertificationÖRaising the Barî, KCANE Spring
Leadership Series, Kansas City, MO, February,
2011.
Lacey S. ìStaf f Nurse Led Process
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American Association of Critical Care
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Conferenceî, Chicago, IL, May 2011.
Innovation
Goodwin M. ìUse of Alternate Caregivers in the
NICU, the role of the Neonatal Nurse Practitionerî,
Childrenís Hospital Neonatal Consortium, Kansas
City, MO, September 2011.
Lightner T, Blizzard P. ìImprovement
through Empowerment: How
Modifications to a Vascular Access
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and organizational outcomesî, Akron
Children's Hospital 18th Annual Nursing
Conference, Akron, OH, October 2011.
Martin L. ìPediatricsî Beyond the Basicsî,
American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
(ASPAN) Conference, Saint Louis, MO,
January 2011, San Francisco, CA, March
2011, Charlottesville, VA, October 2011,
Danville, PA, November, 2011.
Paulsen, R. ìPEWS ñ Pediatric Early
Warning Systemî, Child Health Corporation
of America (CHCA) Conference, Kansas
City, MO, February, 2011.
Paulsen, R. ìPEWS ñ Pediatric Early
Warning Systemî, 2011 Guangzhou
Women and Childrenís Hospital
Conference, Guangzhou, China, April,
2011.
Paulsen, R, Mann, K. ìThe Synergy to
Reduce Codes: Structures Crumble
without a Foundationî, National
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Association of Childrenís Hospitals and
Related Institutions (NACHRI) Leadership
Conference, Bellevue, WA, October, 2011.
System: the Information Systems Evaluation Tool
(ISET)î, American Academy of Nursing (AAN),
Washington DC, November 2011.
During Well Child Visitsî, American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference, Boston,
MA, October 2011.
Riesco M. ìNursing Training and
Professional Development in Critical Careî,
2011 Guangzhou Women and Childrenís
Hospital Conference, Guangzhou, China,
April, 2011.
Stegenga K, Bryant R. ìSafe Passage: Nursing
care for patients and families in transitionî,
Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Nurses National Meeting, Anaheim, CA,
September 2011.
Wiebe J. ìThe Role of Nucleic Acid Amplification
Acid Testing (NAAT) in the Prepubertal Sexual
Assault Patientî, International Association of
Forensic Nurses 19th Annual Scientific Assembly,
Montreal Canada, October 2011.
Riesco M. ìPain Assessment in Neonatal
and Pediatric Critical Careî, 2011
Guangzhou Women and Childrenís
Hospital Conference, Guangzhou, China,
April, 2011.
Stegenga K, Pentz R, Alderfer M, Pellentier W,
Hinds P. ìDoing the unavoidable to save my child:
Parent's Perceptions of their role in stem cell
transplant decision-makingî, Oncology Nursing
Society Cancer Nursing Research Conference,
Anaheim, CA, February 2011.
2012
Stuedemann A. ìPulmonar y Hygiene and Spinal
Deformityî, Pediatric Orthopaedic Practitionerís
Society, Montreal, Canada, May 2011.
Brewer B. ìTransition: Navigating the Journey
from Pediatric to Adult Renal Careî, International
Transplant Nurses Society, Seattle, WA, October
23, 2012.
Tucker D. ìCommon Congenital Heart Disease
Managed in Infancyî, 15th Annual Update
on Cardiovascular Diseases, Scottsdale, AZ,
February, 2011.
Cartwright C. ìAbusive Head Traumaî, American
Association of Neuroscience Nurses 44th Annual
Meeting, Seattle, WA, April 28, 2012.
Tucker D. ìNoninvasive Hemodynamic
Monitoring in the ICUî, 15th Annual Update
on Cardiovascular Diseases, Scottsdale, AZ,
February, 2011.
Cartwright C. ìPediatric Neurosurger y ñ
Craniosynostosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Abusive
Head Injuryî, Phoenix Childrenís Hospital;
Phoenix, AZ, April 25, 2012.
Wade K, Heydinger E, Cowden J, Dreyer M,
Hampl S. ìPredictors of Obesity Counseling
Cartwright C. ìWhatís Wrong with my Babyís
Head?î, Fourth Annual Donald Blotner
Neuroscience Nursing Symposium, Hartford, CT,
September 20, 2012.
Roberts C. ìSafe Patient Handling in
Pediatrics and High Reliability Organization
Theoryî, 2011 Guangzhou Women
and Childrenís Hospital Conference,
Guangzhou, China, April, 2011.
Roberts C. ìUnaccompanied Hospitalized
Children: As Perceived through Nursesí Life
Worldsî, 21st Annual Society of Pediatric
Nurses (SPN) Convention, Las Vegas, NV,
April 2011.
Smith JB. ìDevelopment and Use of
an Instrument to Measure End-User
Perceptions of Their Clinical Information
Bergerhofer L, Sediqzad A. ìPeople, Process and
Technology Combined to Safeguard Medication
Practicesî, 22nd Annual Society of Pediatric
Nurses, Houston TX, April 21, 2012.
Goodyear-Bruch C. ìThe Institute of Medicine
Report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change,
Advancing Healthî, American Association of
Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute,
Orlando, FL, May 21, 2012.
Cornwell S. ìThe Childrenís Mercy Experience:
Receiving Joplinís Pediatric Patientsî, 2012
Emergency Preparedness and Response:
Bridging Pre-Hospital and Hospital Care
Conference, Cincinnati, OH, September 28, 2012.
Goodyear-Bruch C. ìThe Value of Professional
Nursingî, Rocky Mountain Hospital Medical
Symposium, Denver, CO, September 27, 2012.
Fioravanti V. ìGet Them Out and Keep Them Out
Strategies for Decreasing PICU & Hospital Length
of Stayî, Studies in Pediatric Liver Transplantation
Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, October 11, 2012.
Foster K, Bergerhofer L. ìInnovation for Skin Risk
Assessment: SIRAî, 22nd Annual Society of
Pediatric Nurses, Houston TX, April 21, 2012.
Goodyear-Bruch C. ìCoaching and Mentoring for
Successî, National Teaching Institute, Las Vegas,
NV, April 12, 2012.
Goodyear-Bruch C. ìData Driven Practice: Inquire,
Investigation, Innovationî, Rocky Mountain
Hospital Medical Symposium, Denver, CO,
September 27, 2012.
Goodyear-Bruch C. ìHow to Make Sense of
Quality Improvement for Your Unitî, National
Teaching Institute, Las Vegas, NV, April 12, 2012.
Haney B. ìPRO Side of Debate: ECMO Should be
Offered to a Neonate with Co-morbidities Only
Expected to live < 1 Yearî, 29th Annual Childrenís
National Medical Center ECMO and Advanced
Therapies for Respiratory Failure, Keystone, CO,
March 1, 2012.
Haney B. ìQuadrox Pediatric Oxygenators have
more Clotting Problems than the Adult Oneî, 29th
Annual Childrenís National Medical Center ECMO
and Advanced Therapies for Respiratory Failure,
Keystone, CO, March 1, 2012.
Haney B. ìStaf fing and ECMO Program ñ The
Nursing Approachî, 29th Annual Childrenís
National Medical Center ECMO and Advanced
Therapies for Respiratory Failure, Keystone, CO,
February 27, 2012.
Haney B, Sherman A, Grist G, Pallotto EK.
ìCephalic Venous Cannulation in Neonates ñ A
Useful Practice?î, 29th Annual Childrenís National
Medical Center ECMO and Advanced Therapies
for Respiratory Failure, Keystone, CO, February
28, 2012.
Herzer M, Ricks S, Starks B, Van Slyke H.
ìMeeting the Needs of Adolescents/Young
Adult Patients with Inflammatory Bowel
Disease: The Development of a Transition
and Transfer Programî, Healthcare
Transition Research Consortium Research
Day, Houston, TX, October 2012.
Innovation
Chojnacki K, Shroba J. ìAllergy and Asthma
Education in an Ever-Changing World of
Technologyî, American College of Allergy, Asthma
and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting,
Anaheim, CA, November 9, 2012.
Hunt C. ìThe Future of Health Care
Reformî, 1st Annual Regional Health Care
Conference, Kansas City, MO, March 30,
2012 [Panel].
Hunt C. ìFuture of Nursing: Education
Nursing Perspectiveî, Child Health
Corporation of America, Kansas City, MO,
October, 2012 [Forum Series].
Kauffman J. ìHemophilia and Other
Bleeding Disorders in the School Settingî,
Missouri Association of School Nurses,
Columbia, MO April 14, 2012.
Kauffman J. ìHemophilia, Von Willebrand
Disease and Dental Treatmentî, Kansas
City Area Association of Dental Hygienists,
Kansas City, MO September 18, 2012.
Lyman, E. ìPractical Tips for Managing
Feeding Tubesî, Chinese Pediatric
Gastroenterology Meeting, Guangzhou,
China, December 8, 2012.
Miller J. ìAbstraction Dif ferences in
Pediatric Populationî, State Trauma
Program Leaders Conference, Saint Louis,
MO, March 16, 2012.
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Morris C, Stegenga K, Myers D, Ryan R,
Wolf N, Melson R, Lantos J. ìCreation of
a Donor Advocate Program for Sibling
Donors in a Childrenís Hospitalî, Pediatric
Academic Society, Boston, MA April 30,
2012.
Shreve N, Stegenga K. ìParent Satisfaction
in an Outpatient BMT Setting: Exploring
Parentsí Experienceî, Association of
Pediatric Oncology Nurses National
Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 6,
2012.
Stegenga K, Stogsdill L. ìSymptom
Experience in HSCT from AYA Perspective:
What a Childrenís Oncology Group Nursing
Research Study Can Tell Usî, Association
of Pediatric Oncology Nurses National
Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 5,
2012.
Stuedemann A. ìThe Limping Childî, 2012
National Association of Pediatric Nurse
Practitioners Conference, San Antonio, TX,
March 29, 2012.
Tucker D. ìETC02 in the Cardiac Patientî,
Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society,
Miami, FL, December 4, 2012.
Tucker D. ìPost-Operative Management
of the Preterm Single Ventricle Patientî,
Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society,
Miami, FL, December 5, 2012.
Wallace DP, Anson LM, Kessler ED. ìDo
Parents Really Want Pain Management with
Immunizationsî, American Pain Society 31st
Annual Meeting; Honolulu, HI, May 16, 2012.
Wiebe J. ìImage Review for Pediatric Sexual
Assault: A Case Based Review of Interesting
Casesî, Scientific Assembly of the International
Association of Forensic Nurses, Puerto Rico,
Mexico, October 18, 2012.
Poster Presentations
2011
Bradley MK, Kisling E. ìBreaking News: How We
Keep Our Nurses Up-to-Date - And they Like
It!!î, 2011 American Nurses Credentialing Center
(ANCC) National Magnet Conference, Baltimore,
MD, October 2011.
Dryer L, Poull J, Haney B, Reavey D, Palloto E
anderson B, Sandritter T, Atchison L. ìSuccessful
MRI Studies in Infants Without Sedationî, 2011
Society for Pediatric Sedation (SPN) Conference,
Minneapolis, MN, May 2011.
Hunt C, Blizzard P, Burns S. ìLess "Me", More
"We" - Promoting Work/Life Balance Through
Implementation of an Innovative Leadership
Structureî, 21st Annual Society of Pediatric Nurses
(SPN) Convention, Las Vegas, NV, April 2011.
Hunt C, Blizzard P, Burns S, Thon P. ìNursing
Certification...Raising the Barî, American Nurses
Association (ANA) 2011 National Database of
Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) Conference,
Miami, FL, January 2011.
Hunt C, Kisling E, Bradley K. ìSeasons of
Learning: Providing Meaningful Education
Through Brain-Based Learningî, 21st Annual
Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) Convention,
Las Vegas, NV, April 2011.
Huppe N, Ryan D. ìBack to Basicsî, 2011
Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN)
Congress, Philadelphia, PA, March 2011.
Kerr K, Mahoney K, Lasky A. ìUtilization of
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
in Pediatric Rheumatologyî, Pediatric
Rheumatology Symposium, Miami, FL, June
2011.
Laddish L, Reynolds S, Jensen M, OíGrady K,
Tucker D. ìSuccessful Home Management of
Blake Drains in Patients with Prolonged Pleural
Drainage After the Fontan Operationî, 15th
Annual Update on Cardiovascular Diseases,
Scottsdale, AZ, February, 2011.
Martinez M, Bartlett JA. ìCommunication Tools
for Hospitalized Spanish Speaking Familiesî,
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Conference, Las Vegas, NV, July 2011.
Taylor J, Grotelueschen A, Capel P, Wademan
S, Curless N, Carver T. ìVitamin A Levels at
Time of Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosis Do Not Predict
Subsequent Pulmonary Function Test Valuesî,
25th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis
Conference (NACFC), Anaheim, CA, November
2011.
Vanderpool A. ìValidity of Self Reported Tanner
Stagingî, Pediatric Orthopaedic Practitioner
Society (POPS) National Conference, Montreal,
Canada, May 2011.
2012
Abdelmoity A, DeCock C, Gustafson M, Williams
M, Thompson L, Vaughn L, Abdelmoity S, Kayyali
H. ìA Comparison Between Dif ferent Side Effect
Profiles of Ketogenic Diet Formulasî, American
Epilepsy Society, San Diego, CA, December 1,
2012.
Brewster D, Smith JB. ìCreating a Model for
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to Optimize
Contributions to Patient Careî, Missouri Hospital
Association, Osage Beach, MO, October 10, 2012.
Connel A, Ell L, Bradley K, Blizzard P, Teasley
S. ìThereís No Second Chance at a First
Impression; Evaluating Pediatric Patient and
Parent Perceptions of Nursing Attireî, University
of Kansas 2012 Nursing Research Symposium,
Kansas City, KS, September 19, 2012.
Kayyali H, Gustafson M, Williams M,
Thompson L, Vaughn L, Abdelmoity A.
ìKetogenic Diet Ef ficacy in the Treatment
of Intractable Epileptic Spasmsî, American
Epilepsy Society, San Diego, CA,
December 1, 2012.
Daniel JF andrews WS, Hendrickson R, Kane RE,
Ricks S, Wasserkrug H, Fioravanto V, Davis M.
ìThe Safety and Utility of Protocol Liver Biopsies in
Pediatric Liver Recipientsî, American Transplant
Congress, Boston, MA, June 2, 2012.
Kennedy D. ìBright Futures Transition
Camp: A Project to Promote Independence
in Adolescents with Spinal Cord Defects
and Other Chronic Health Conditionsî,
Spina Bifida World Congress, Las Vegas,
NV, March 14, 2012.
Foster K, Bergerhofer L, Smith JB. ìAn Innovation
for Skin Risk Assessment: SIRAî, Magnetizing KC;
Kansas City, KS February 28, 2012 Magnetizing
KC; Kansas City, KS February 28, 2012.
Hunt C. ìSafety Initiatives Take Flight to Improve
Air Transport for Patients and Crewî, 2012 Society
of Pediatric Nurses Convention, Houston, TX, April
19, 2012.
Jarvis K, Pirvu D, Meyer M, Barbee K, Berg
N, Gaulke L, Roberts C. ìCreation of an
Interdisciplinary Team by Nurses to Standardize
Care Delivery for Children with Bronchiolitisî,
University of Missouriís 5th Evidenced Based
Practice on the Frontline Conference, Columbia,
MO, April 19, 2012.
Kaufman K. ìInterdisciplinar y Approach
to Treating Constipation and Encorpresisî,
Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and
Nutrition Nurses National Meeting, Salt Lake City,
UT, October 19, 2012.
Innovation
Shiddell S, Foster D, Langston M, Williams C.
ìImproving Patient Access: Implementation
of an Autonomous Nurse Practitioner Clinicî,
Akron Children's Hospital 18th Annual Nursing
Conference, Akron, OH, October 2011.
Klatte JM., Myers A, Livingston R, Teasley S,
Olney A, Monsees E, Jackson M. ìSur vey of
Pediatric Physicians at a Tertiary Childrenís
Hospital of Knowledge, Attitudes and
Beliefs Regarding Clostridium Difficile
Associated Disease Prevention, Testing
and Treatmentî, Saint Jude Pediatric
Infectious Diseases Research Conference,
Memphis, TN, February 24, 2012.
McClellan W, Stegenga K, Krebill H,
Ryan R, Nelson E, Sharma M, Klemp
J. ìTreatment Matters: How Childhood
Cancer Treatment May Help Predict
Survivor Needsî, 5th International Nursing
Conference on Child and Adolescent
Cancer, Williamsburg, VA, June 6, 2012.
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Monsees E. ìPost Exposure Prophylaxis: A
Prescription for National Disease Specific
Conditionsî, Association for Professionals
in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Conference, New Orleans, LA, July 10, 2012.
Murray K, Beidelchies M, Schomburg R.
ìPerceptions of Decisional Involvementî,
Magnetizing Kansas City, Kansas City, KS,
February 28, 2012.
Nau A. ìTransition: Navigating the Journey
from Pediatric to Adult Careî, National
Dialysis Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February
26, 2012
Poull J. ìSuccessful MRI Studies in Infants
without Sedationî, 22nd Annual Society of
Pediatric Nurses Convention, Houston, TX,
April 19, 2012
Rahm G. ìChanges in the DS Guidelines
per the American Academy of Pediatricsî,
American Association of Nurse
Practitioners Conference, Sedalia, MO
March 3, 2012.
Rahm G, Talib N, Dycoco M, Hornberger
L, Coughlin E. ìParental Perceptions of
a Multidisciplinary Clinicî, 27th National
Conference - American Association of
Nurse Practitioners, Orlando, FL, June 17,
2012.
Ray K, Meyer S. ìPeer Evaluation: Promoting
Professional Growth in Each Otherî, Magnetizing
Kansas City, Kansas City, KS, February 28, 2012.
Ricks S, Herzer M, Starks B, Van Slyke H. ìThe
Development of a Transition Program for
Adolescents/Young Adults with Inflammatory
Bowel Diseaseî, North American Society for
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and
Nutrition Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT,
October 2012.
Sediqzad A, Williams A. ìSupporting a Shift in
Pediatric Nursing Documentation Philosophyî,
Society of Pediatric Nursing Conference, Houston,
TX, April 19, 2012.
Shiddell S. ìImproving Patient Access:
Implementation of Autonomous Nurse
Practitioner Clinicî, National Conference for Nurse
Practitioners, Orlando, FL, May 16, 2012.
Shroyer L, Teasley S, Widener S. ìThe Development
and Implementation of a Manager Workload
Perception Scale (MWPS)î, American Organization
of Nurse Executives, Boston, MA, March 22, 2012.
Smith JB, Schlosser J, Bergerhofer L, Sediqzad
A, Fix M. ìPeople, Process and Technology
Combined to Safeguard Medication Practicesî,
Magnetizing KC; Kansas City, KS February 28,
2012 Magnetizing KC; Kansas City, KS February
28, 2012.
Endowed Lecture Series
The Endowed Lecture Series (ELS) was established
in 2002, through the underwriting of an
anonymous community donor. The donorís intent
with this gift was to bring a nationally renowned
nurse researcher to the institution on a yearly
basis to present on a topic that is pertinent to
pediatric health care and research. Bernadette
Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP, PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN,
Dean of the College of Nursing and Associate
Vice President for Health Promotion and Chief
Wellness Officer at The Ohio State University, was
the 2011 Endowed Lecture Series presenter.
Dr. Melnyk earned a PhD in clinical research
from the University of Rochester. She received a
masterís degree in nursing from the University
of Pittsburgh with a pediatric nurse practitioner
specialization in nursing care of children. She
also completed post-masterís certification as a
psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She
graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science
in Nursing from West Virginia University.
Widely recognized for her expertise in evidencebased practice, intervention research and child
and adolescent mental health, Dr. Melnykís
research areas include interventions to improve
coping/mental health outcomes in high-risk
children and families and healthy lifestyle
interventions with adolescents and college youth.
Dr. Melnyk was a faculty member at the
University of Rochester from 1992 to 2004, serving
as professor and associate dean for research
and director of the Center for Research and
Evidenced-Based Practice and Pediatric Nurse
Practitioner Program in the School of Nursing
from 1999-2004. She also served as professor of
pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Prior to her position at The Ohio State University,
Dr. Melnyk served as the Dean and Distinguished
Foundation Professor in Nursing at the College of
Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State
University.
Dr. Melnyk is an elected fellow of the American
Academy of Nursing and the National Academies
of Practice. She also serves as one of only two
nurse practitioners on the 16-member United
States Preventive Services Task Force. Among
dozens of other prestigious honors, she received
the 2011 Distinguished Research Lecturer Award
from the Western Institute of Nursing, as well as
the National Institutes of Health/National Institute
of Nursing Research (NINR) first NINR Director's
Lectureship Award in 2010.
Dr. Melnyk presented, ìCOPE: Building
Knowledge, Reducing Hospital Costs
and Improving Outcomes for Premature
Infants and Parents.î The COPE Program
is an evidence-based educational and
behavioral intervention program to
help parents and families of premature
infants. Through the program, parents
are empowered at a time in which they
feel powerless. The COPE program has
been shown to not only support parents
through their childís hospitalization, it has
also resulted in positive patient outcomes,
including a shortened length of stay.
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In addition to her Endowed Lecture Series
presentation, Dr. Melnyk also had a
discussion over lunch with members of the
Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) COPE team to
discuss the progress of the COPE program
in the ICN and had a discussion with
members of the Evidenced Based Scholars
Program.
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Honoring Black History Month
In 2009, Childrenís Mercy began hosting a nursing lecture in honor of Black History Month.
The Patient Care Services Research Department, in collaboration with the Department of
Equity and Diversity, was honored to host two pillars of the nursing community as guest
lecturers for Black History Month in 2011 and 2012.
2011 – Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of the
National Black Nurses Association
“Embracing Nursing Diversity”
Dr. Toney obtained her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma,
in Norman, Okla., her graduate degree in Health Services Administration from the College
of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill. and a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services with a Specialization
in Health Care Administration from Capella University, in Minneapolis, Minn. Dr. Toney is a
Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. She currently serves on the Nominating Group
of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and serves as a member of the National Institutes of
Health Advisory Committee on Research on Womenís Health.
Professional Development
Dr. Toney is the President and owner of TLC
Health Care Services in Las Vegas, Nev.. In her
role as President, she is responsible for the
operations of a skilled home health care and
personal care services agency. Dr. Toney has over
28 years of experience in health care leadership
roles in family practice management, ambulatory
care, outpatient diagnostics, hospitals and
home health care. Dr. Toney has spoken locally
and nationally on several topics including
leadership, staff development, nursing workforce,
cultural competence, empowerment, insurance
regulation and issues related to ambulatory
healthcare.
Dr. Toney spent the morning meeting and
networking with organizational leaders and
touring the facility. Her presentation, ìEmbracing
Nursing Diversityî was held in the Auditorium. The
afternoon was spent with members of the Equity
and Diversity Council.
2012 – Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN,
Chief Executive Officer of the
National League for Nursing
“Practice to Policy: Challenge the Door to
Opportunity”
Dr. Malone obtained her bachelorís degree
in nursing from the University of Cincinnati, in
Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1970. She continued her
education by obtaining both a Master of Science
in Psychiatric Nursing and a Doctorate in clinical
psychology in 1981. In 1996, Dr. Malone was
elected to two terms as President of the American
Nurses Association.
Dr. Maloneís career spans not only across the
spectrum of nursing, but around the world.
In the hospital setting, Dr. Malone has
served as a surgical staff nurse, Clinical
Nurse Specialist, Director of Nursing and
Assistant Administrator of Nursing. She has
experience in academia as she served as
the dean of the School of Nursing at North
Carolina Agricultural and Technical State
University in the 1980s. Prior to her position
as CEO of the National League for Nursing,
Dr. Malone spent five and a half years as
the General Secretary of the Royal College
of Nursing, the largest professional union
of nurses in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Malone was greeted by organizational
leaders and spent her morning meeting
with members of the Equity and Diversity
Council. She concluded her visit with a
presentation entitled, ìPractice to Policy:
Challenge the Door to Opportunity,î which
was held in the Auditorium.
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Competency Assessment Roadtrip (CAR) Program Implemented to
Provide Meaningful and Effective Competency Validation
Ongoing competency assessment can be an ever expanding and time consuming process.
In the past, the list of required competencies continued to grow each year, requiring staff
members to spend hours attending skills fairs and online training to demonstrate the same
competencies year after year. This practice was very frustrating to the staff, labor intensive
and costly. In 2011, Childrenís Mercy began looking for a competency model that would
provide a systematic and meaningful approach to competency assessment.
An interdisciplinary committee was organized to lead the transformation of competency
assessment. In researching competency models, the book, The Ultimate Guide Competency
Assessment in Health Care, Third Edition, by Donna Wright, MS, RN, outlined a systematic,
practical approach to developing competencies that provided ownership, empowerment and
accountability for nursing practice. The committee incorporated the concepts and structure
from Donna Wrightís model to create the Competency Assessment Roadtrip (CAR) program.
The CAR program provides an avenue to determine competency needs based on unit
specific data and prioritizes needs identified by the staff. Each department identifies what
competencies provide specific challenges to their area based on data. No more than ten
competencies can be specified for each area. Once competencies are selected, the team
identifies the appropriate verification method or methods for each competency.
ï Test/Exam ñ Written test, quiz, oral exam,
survey, worksheet, calculation test,
crossword puzzle test, word games.
This measures comprehension of basic
knowledge related to a particular topic.
ï Return Demonstration ñ Demonstration of a
set of skills to a skilled observer. These are
useful for measuring technical skills.
ï Evidence of Daily Work ñ Using work that
is performed regularly to demonstrate
competence. Useful for measuring skills in
the technical domain.
ï Presentations ñ An educational offering
presented by an individual or group of
individuals. Useful to assess knowledge
and understanding of a topic.
ï Self Assessment ñ A tool completed by an
individual to assess knowledge and critical
thinking skills. Useful for assessing critical
thinking skills especially as related to values
or beliefs.
ï Case Studies ñ Provide an individual with
a situation and ask them to explain their
responses or choices in that given situation.
Useful for measuring critical thinking skills.
ï Exemplars ñ A story told or written by an
individual to describe a situation they
have experienced or could experience
and the rational for thoughts or actions in
the particular situation. Useful to measure
critical thinking skills and interpersonal
skills.
ï Peer Review ñ Written or face-to-face
feedback from peers. Useful for measuring
interpersonal skills and critical thinking
skills.
ï Discussion/Reflection groups ñ A facilitated
discussion used to measure critical
thinking, technical and interpersonal skills.
Especially useful when debriefing a critical
incident.
ï Mock events/Surveys ñ Simulations of real
world situations, used to assess responses
in daily work or practice.
ï Quality Improvement Monitors ñ Common
tools in use to monitor environment and
outcomes. Can be used to verify individual
competence. Example: chart audit,
demonstration of appropriate equipment
set up, use and take down.
Department managers/directors, unit
education coordinators and employees
work together to remove barriers and
create an environment that supports
competencies achievement. This keeps the
employee at the center of the competency
verification process and holds them
accountable for completing their identified
competencies within the identified
timeframe.
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Competencies can be verified in a variety of
methods:
Realizing this was a major shift in the
approach to competency assessment, unit
leaders and staff members were engaged
early in the change and embraced the
program. In 2012, a modified CAR program
was implemented with only one to two
competencies identified in each area.
Early assessment of the program has
provided positive outcomes feedback from
participants. Employees feel empowered to
choose how and when they demonstrated
their competencies, resulting in a
significant reduction of cost and an
increase in staff satisfaction. The CAR
program has also provided an avenue to
link staff competencies to the improvement
of patient outcomes.
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Full implementation of the CAR program
is planned for 2013.
CAR Steering Committee Members:
ï Ellen Kisling, MSN, RN
ï Michele Fix, MSN, RN, NE-BC
ï Kathy Bradley, MSN, RN, CNOR
ï Alisha Dillingham, MSN, RN, CPN
ï Jenny Gehab, MSN, RN, CPNP,
ACNP-BC
ï Margy Gehrig, MSN, RN, CPN
ï Martha Goodwin, MS, RNC, NNP
ï Rachael Hindman, BSN, RN, RNCNIC
ï Cynthia Jacobsen, PHD, CCC-SLP
ï Megan Jensen, MSN, RN, CPNP
ï Kathy Kellerman, MSN, MBA, RNBC
ï Debbie Largo-Mesley, MSN, RN
ï Julie Musick, MS, PT
ï Becky Paulsen, MS, RN, CPN
ï Diane Pfeifer, MS, BSN, RN, NNP
ï Toni Sheffer, MBA, MT(ASCP)
ï Allyson Shore, MSN, RN, CPN
ï Pat Thon, MSN, RN-BC
ï Carol Trees, BSN, RN, NNP
ï Lyndsy Wolfe, BHS, RRT-NPS
ï Donna Wyly, MSN, RN, PNP-BC, CPNP-AC,
ONC
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2011 and 2012 Nursing Scholarships
Each year, due to the generosity of patients, families and peers, Childrenís Mercy is able to
provide scholarships to employees seeking initial or advanced nursing degrees. In 2011, 50
individuals received nursing scholarships. In 2012, that number increased to 71 individual
scholarships. Congratulations to all the recipients and best of luck as you further your nursing
career.
2011 Nursing Scholarship Recipients
The Bonnie Curtis Galeazzi Nursing
Scholarship
Meredith Kopp, RN, CPN, CNOR
Jessica E. Pretti
Daniel Miller Scholarship
Dean Cowles Scholarship
Lindsey N. Fricke, RN
Christin A. Dealy, RN
Laura L. Kozlowski, RN, CPN
Chelsea M. Fisher
Johnna M. Rooney, BSN, RN
Maria D. Ginger-Wiley, RN, CCRN
Trisha N. Kuhlman, BSN, RN, CPN
Sachia A. Logan, BSN, RN, CPN
Margaret A. Martin-McLain, BSN, RN, CPN
Peter P. May, LPN
Melissa S. McGraw, BSN, RN, CPN
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Jaquelyn Carrie Miner, BSN, RN
Megan C. Riddle
Dana M. Scheidt
Jillian L. Scott, BSN, RN, CCRN
Lauren D. Smith, BSN, RN
Nicky Spears, BSN, RN, CPN
Nicole S. Thrasher
Dee Lyons Scholarship
Hillary B. VanSlyke, BSN, RN, CPN
Sara Lee Ann Torrez, BSN, RN, CCRN
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Wells, Sr.
Scholarship
Trisha Williams, BSN, RN, CPN
Jana L. Wheeler, BSN, RN, CPN
Lacey D. Bergerhofer, BSN, RN, CCRN
April L. Williams
Jessica E. Brunsman, BSN, RN, CPN
Stacey L. Wood, BSN, RN, CPN
Jennifer R. Conrad
Michaela C. Wright, BSN, RN
Cinthya I. Hernandez, LPN
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Ina Calkins Scholarship
Jennifer Collins Nursing Scholarship
Megan D. Bedwell, BSN, RN, CPN
Emily A. Murdock, BSN, RN
Michael Joseph Meers Scholarship
Sarah M. Crume
Judy Vellucci Scholarship
Lori A. Holcomb, BSN, RN, CPN
Amanda B. Daniel, BSN, RN
Teresa L. Fulk
Megan M. McGown, BSN, RN, CPN
Traci M. Meyers
Mary Shaw Branton Scholarship
Isabelle E. Ellis Memorial Scholarship
Sarah M. Burr, BSN, RN, CPN
Rebecca C. Coppage, BSN, RN
Jennifer L. Meade, RN
Michelle J. Price, BSN, RN
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Nancy Whalen Scholarship
Nurse Retention Committee Scholarship
Emily A. Brandmeyer
Kelly S. Knight, EMT
Kristin G. Keane, RD, LD
Jennifer M. Leonard, RN, CPN
Kimberly D. Justice
Elizabeth A. Stueve, BSN, RN, CPN
Samuel Edwin Weeks Memorial Scholarship
for Oncology Nursing
Wendy S. McClellan, BSN, RN, Nursing Program
Coordinator
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Zita Ramirez, RN
Lauren D. Smith, BSN, RN
Nicky Spears, BSN, RN, CPN
Regina Stanke, MSN, RN, CPN, NE-BC
Aimee Uher, BSN, RN, CPN
Courtney Wagner
Micah Wallace, RN
2012 Nursing Scholarship Recipients
Daniel Miller Scholarship
Megan White, RN
Jayna McDaniel, RNC
Trisha Williams, BSN, RN, CPN
Francis Okafor
Victoria Zadoyan, RN
Tammie Wingert, RN
The Bonnie Curtis Galeazzi and
Mary Christine Schmiedeler Nursing
Scholarship
Dean Cowles Scholarship
Tricia Gentzler, RN
Jaquelyn Carrie Miner, BSN, RN
Samantha Slocum
Tiffany Mullen, BSN, RN
Julia Leamon, MSN, RN, CPN
Adrienne Platt, MSN, RN, CPNP
Dee Lyons Scholarship
Lacey Bergerhofer, BSN, RN, CCRN
Megan McGown, BSN, RN, CPN
Nicole Ingolia-Hale, BSN, RN
Jayme Kagarice, BSN, RN
Laura Kozlowski, RN, CPN
Shirley Lockhart
Amanda Mahurin
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Kallie Hopkins, RN
Julie Newport
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Wells, Sr. Scholarship
Ina Calkins Scholarship
Linzi OíLaughlin, RN
Goldie Benz, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CPN, CDE
Malindar Ali, RN
Carlie Schaal
Sarah Burr, BSN, RN, CPN, CPAN
Amy Avant, BSN, RN
Andrew Wilson, RN
Debra Newton, BSN, RN, CCRN
Jennifer Bitner, BSN, RN, CPN
Michaela Wright, BSN, RN
Lynn Shriver, BSN, RN
Jessica Brunsman, BSN, RN
Brenda Snyder, BSN, RN
Amy Cobos
Jan Wiebe, BSN, RN, CPN, SANE-P, SANE-A
Kelly Fetheree
Chelsea Fisher
Chelsea Ford, RN
Katherine Gilner
Maria Ginger-Wiley, RN, CCRN
Bill Green, RN, CPN
Ashley Havlena, BSN, RN
Isabelle E. Ellis Memorial Scholarship
Amanda Hopkins, BSN, RN, CPN
Ashley Orwick, BSN, RN, CCRN
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Jennifer Collins Nursing Scholarship
Hannah Jenkins, RN
Mary Shaw Branton Scholarship
Michael Joseph Meers Scholarship
Kari Davidson, BSN, RN, CCRN
Lori A. Holcomb, BSN, RN, CPN
Megan Gustafson, BSN, RN, CCRN
Gayla Huffman, BSN, RN, CPN
Sachia Logan, BSN, RN, CPN
Maria Williams, BSN, RN, CPN
Judy Vellucci Scholarship
Christin Dealy, RN
Nicole Hutcheson, BSN, RN, CCRN
Nancy Whalen Scholarship
Shae Bartek
Emily A. Brandmeyer
Robin Jordan, RN, CPN
Professional Development
Nurse Retention Committee Scholarship
Jamie Bolen
David Deines, RN
Samuel Edwin Weeks Memorial Scholarship
for Oncology Nursing
Kathleen M. Russell, BSN, RN
Jennifer Leonard, RN, CPN
Cheryl Melton, BSN, RN, CPN
Sarah McHenry Memorial Scholarship
Rukhsana Rahmetulla, MSN, RN, CPNP
Johnna Rooney, RN
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2011 RN Degrees
Margaret Allenbrand, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Johnson County Community College
Laura Andreas, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
William Jewell College
Katie Andruska, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Deborah Ayers, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
National American University
Katie Bartman, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Saint Lukeís College of Health Sciences
Jessica Bertram, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Brooke Beutler, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Kaylynne Blackwell, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Johnson County Community College
Kathryn Boles, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Brian Boce, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Graceland University
Anjela Crosby, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Avila University
Lindsey Brown, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Crowder College
Sarah Crume, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Penn Valley
Sarak Burkhart, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Amanda Dietz, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
William Jewell College
Nicholas Butrous, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Penn Valley
Clint Dziadosz, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Tessa Casady, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Missouri Western State University
Katie Elkins, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Amy Clemens, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Central Missouri
Sarah Elliott, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Courtney Collins, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
William Jewell College
Hillary Feden, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Brittany Craemer, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Elaine Frazier, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Anne Craig, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Graceland University
Connie Freeman, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Gregory Locker, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Saint Mary
Jolynn Parker, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Kristina Harris, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri
Peter May, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
National American University
Ashley Parks, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Johnson County Community College
Robyn Kleweno, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Penn Valley
David Merchant, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Saint Mary
Stacy Parks, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Phoenix
Amanda Kraft, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Alexis Miller, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Saint Lukeís College of Health Sciences
Kelsey Pinnick, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baker University
Laura Kozlowski, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri
Lori Miller, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Amy Rasmussen, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Central Missouri
Rita Latimer, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Pittsburg State University
Roneika Moore, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Penn
Valley
Brianna Regan, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Saint Lukeís College of Health Sciences
Christina Lehman, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Alexis Levine, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Saint Lukeís College of Health Sciences
Scott Linz, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Saint Lukeís College of Health Sciences
Elizabeth Mulvaney, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Avila University
Megan Riddle, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Penn
Valley
Jennifer Nelson, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Concorde Career College
Angie Robbins, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
William Jewell College
Allison Parker, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Avila University
Dana Scheidt, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Penn
Valley
Professional Development
Jessica Garden, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Johnson County Community College
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David Seefeldt, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Rachael Whalen, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Pittsburg State University
Emily Simpson, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Penn
Valley
Chelsea Wilkerson, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Saint Mary
Jennifer Sweeney, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Penn
Valley
Paresa Tafreshi, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Rebecca Tripp, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Research College of Nursing
Allyson Tucci, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Research College of Nursing
Jessica Waldren, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Leslie Weisgerber, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Research College of Nursing
Sarah Weisz, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
April Williams, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Penn Valley
Katie Wright, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Nicolas Zimmerman, RN
Assocate Degree in Nursing
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Emily Agee, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
William Jewell College
Julie Agre, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Saint Mary
Jamie Anstine, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Central Missouri
Deborah Apfel, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Amanda Arthur, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Saint Lukeís College of Health Sciences
Grace Assad, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Joan Benson, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Rita Berroteran, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Jamie Bolen, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
Johnson County Community College
Sara Brookshire, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Penn Valley
Carly Fournier, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
William Jewell College
Kristen Burroughs, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
Johnson County Community College
Kimberly Frank, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Laura Bush, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Kelsey Friesen, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Kelly Cariker, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Saint Lukeís College of Health Sciences
Sara Fromholtz, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Saint Mary
Dustin Coil, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
Park University
Teresa Fulk, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Missouri Western State University
Jennifer Conrad, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
William Jewell College
Maria Ginger-Wiley, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Central Missouri
Paige Cooper, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Graceland University
Amie Glaves, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Fort Hays State University
Shelby Dougan, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Saint Lukeís College of Health Sciences
Lisa Green, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Stacie Fechner, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Graceland University
Markie Greenway, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Professional Development
2012 RN Degrees
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David Gurley, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
Johnson County Community College
Meredith Kopp, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Karla Nunez Pena, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Lauren Guthrie, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Avila University
Jennifer Leonard, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Kimberly Palmer, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Rebecca Harper, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Penn
Valley
Laura Lett, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Skylar Parr, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Stacy Long, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri
Whitney Pierce, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Graceland University
Angela Lopez, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Longview
Susette Porazik-Ball, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Alexandra Martin, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Sheri Pratt, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
Excelsior College
Traci Meyers, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Jessica Pretti, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Research College of Nursing
Abigail Mueller, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Research College of Nursing
Zita Ramirez, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Christine Netterville, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Saint Mary
Tara Rellihan, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Gregory Hugeback, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Michelle Jantzen, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Wendy Kauffman, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College ñ Penn
Valley
Haley Kendall, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Kara Kice, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Allison Klinock, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Lauren Smith, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Saint Lukeís College of Health Sciences
Lisa Yoakum, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Athena Rogers, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
National American University
Brady Strahm, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Saint Lukeís College of Health Sciences
2011 Advanced Degrees
Sarah Ross, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Saint Lukeís College of Health Sciences
Tember Stumpenhaus, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Cristy Rutter-Chu, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Benjamin Sudbeck, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Avila University
Shannon Schuette, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Kameron Trammell, RN
Associate Degree in Nursing
National American University
Melissa Scudiero, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Maria Tran, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Libby Sevy, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Avila University
Chloe Venable, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Central Missouri
Lynnsey Shade, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Christopher Wank, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Research College of Nursing
Sara Shippy, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
William Jewell College
Cassie Yano, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Meghan Adams, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Professional Development
Rebecca Roberts, BSN, RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Central Missouri
Lara Anderson, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Karen Beaudet, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri
Brenda Boots, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Phoenix
Scotti Brackett, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Susan Burns, MSN, RN, CPON
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Julie Buck, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Nancy Cain, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
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Amanda Cavlovich, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Research College of Nursing
Sandra Ehlers, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Terri Grissom, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Terri Clifton, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Michele Fix, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Christa Gulick, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Lena Cox, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Melanie Foltz, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Phoenix
Talita Hill, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Charleen Cunningham, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Betsy Dearing, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Margaret Dewitt, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Alisha Dillingham, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Meagan Dorton, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Lisa Dryer, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Janet Franzen, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Shana Fromholtz, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Amy Gab, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Margaret Gehrig, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Cindy George, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Catherine Gerke, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Ronald Hoyler, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Charlotte Jacobsen, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri
Elizabeth Jenkins, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Allison Juneau, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Marilyn Kirn, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Brenda Kotar, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Tera McBride, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Cassandra Nicholson, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Amy Latimer, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Holly McFarland, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Dena Oertle, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Merianne Lero, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Christine McHenry, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Christine Palomba, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Cortni Lind, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Linda Mills, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Sandy Price, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Becky Lukehart, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Kansas
Venise Mobley, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Christina Lutz, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Jessica Muehlfarth, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Kelli Rafols, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Jenny Marsh, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Emily Murdock, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Maria Martinez, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Carletta Murray, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Joan Maxwell, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Amy Nau, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Professional Development
Tina Lane, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Kristy Reynolds, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Deborah Rivera, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Iris Salyer, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Rox-Ann Shaughnessy, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
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Allyson Shore, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Kathy Vandiver, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Laura Shroyer, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Joanna Van Noy, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Janet Smith, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Mid America Nazarene University
Michael Venneman, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Kristen Smith, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Leejae Wansing, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Janet Sollazzo, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Mara Wallace, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Brent Straley, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Sue Teasley, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Brenda Thompson, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Michelle Toppass, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Gina Weddle, DNP, RN
Doctorate of Nursing Practice
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Jana Wheeler, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Webster University
Leah White, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Amy Williams, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
2012 Advanced Degrees
Mary Allinder, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Jacqueline Bartlett, PhD, RN
Doctorate of Philosophy
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Viginia Bauler, DNP, RN
Doctorate of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Kaye Bell, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Priscilla Bell, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Amy Belton, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Penny Bopp, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Brenda Campbell, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Rachel Carter, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Christine Casey, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Chelcia Claar, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Elizabeth Coffer, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Rebecca Coppage, MSN, RN
Rush University
Lisa Dryer, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Renee Duprau, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Tracy Eason, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Sandra Ehlers, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Lauren Emery, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Jennifer Farrell, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Julie Harris, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Marilyn Hedges, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Pamela Hensley, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Lindsey Fricke, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Central Missouri
Danette Hicks, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Christy Gudenkauf, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Lori Hillman, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Dawn Guerra, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Kelly Hodges, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Christina Gutierrez, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Anne Holmes, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Amy Harmon, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Sheila Jimenez, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Professional Development
Teri Carpenter, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
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Marsha Johnson, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Jill Mady, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Diane Petrie, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Central Missouri
Vera Jones, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Patti McGrannahan, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Camie Pontius, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Monica Keith, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Katherine Kellerman, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Michele Kraly, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Vicky Kramer, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Rebecca Litton, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Christina Lutz, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Michelle Meyer, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Elizabeth Monsees, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Brenda Pope, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Allison Raetz, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Cassandra Nicholson, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Erin Ragsdale, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing University of Mary
Elizabeth North, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Kristy Reynolds, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Donnita OíGuin-Spickler, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Amy Sanford, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing Walden University
Christina Palomba, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Lana Payton, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Jillian Scott, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Julanne Seefeldt, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Nicole Violett, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Jennifer Wooster, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Laura Sifers, MPH, RN
Master in Public Health Nursing
University of Kansas
Danielle Wakefiled, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Victoria Zadoyan, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Frontier Nursing University
Melodee Spears, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Jaylene Weigel, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Brent Straley, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Kelliy Westhoff, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Susan Teasley, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Lacey Whisenant, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Sara Torrez, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Amy Williams, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Megan Ubben, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Walden University
Cynthia Williams, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Hillary VanSlyke, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Missouri ñ Kansas City
Rebekah Wilson, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
Michael Venneman, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Sarah Wilson, MBA, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
University of Mary
Professional Development
Lori Shank, MSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Mary
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Specialty Certification
Childrenís Mercy values lifelong learning and is committed to cultivating each nurseís
professional potential through ongoing opportunities for professional growth and
development, including professional certification. Reflective of the value for certification,
Childrenís Mercy and the Department of Nursing continue to strengthen existing structures
and processes to further encourage specialty certification. After obtaining certification in
their respective specialty area, nurses at all levels are recognized and rewarded at both a
departmental and organizational level.
Childrenís Mercy continues to increase the number of nurses holding professional certification
at all levels of the organization. In 2012, 67 percent of all eligible nurses held specialty
certification. For direct care nurses, 61 percent of those eligible held specialty certification,
significantly exceeding the average for pediatric Magnet hospitals of 39 percent. The
Department of Nursing is proud to recognize this outstanding achievement along with the
nurses holding specialty certification in both 2011 and 2012:
Acute Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Lora Bear
Kathryn Chojnacki
Barbara Haney
Linda Hussey
Heather Jones
Lisa Laddish
Delores McKee
Kelly Miller
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Board
Certified
Jennifer Geheb
Diane Rash
Adult Nurse Practitioner
Alan Jenkins
Paige Johnson
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board
Certified
Heather Barnett
Rachel Bartel
Patricia Beirne
Jacqueline Biondo
Amber Cox
Catherine Eib
Kristie Hobbs
Terri Luetjen
Tobie OíBrien
Pamela Orr
Beth Orrick
Erin Polak
Virginia Rahm
Sheri Shiddell
Jacqueline Wiesner
Kathryn Yeldell
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Board
Certified
Jill Ariagno
Goldie Benz
Jacqueline Biondo
Mindy Eldridge
Jeanette Higgins
Deborah Jaklevic
Amber McGee
Sandra Nabours
Sylvonna Singleton
Summer Smith
Dena Wideman
Biofeedback Certification Institute of
America – Clinician
Paula Grayson
Eleanor Welchert
Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse
Lynette Burrows
Joyce Cline
Tara Fitzpatrick
Evelyn Grist
Julanne Seefeldt
Kellie Westhoff
Certified Asthma Educator
Pamela Ryan
Diane Selvey
Dolores Suenram
Kristen Suszek-Williams
Certified Board of Infection Control
Nurse
Elizabeth Monsees
Cindy Olson-Burgess
Professional Development
Shirley Molitor-Kirsch
Kimberely Radford
Stacy Reynolds
Dawn Tucker
Valerie Waddell
Gina Weddle
Stephanie Wilson
Brandy Winkle
Donna Wyly
Certified Case Manager
Sandra Andachter
Denise Barr
Dianna Dodd
Certified Childbirth Educator
Debra Dixon
Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Nurse
Stephanie Brightman
Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist
Kristy Ritz
Colleen Vitztum
Certified Clinical Research Associate
Linda Hussey
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
and Certified Clinical Research
Professional
Terri Clifton
Jill Dahlsten
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Susan Flack
Cheri Gauldin
Ann Harris
Lois Hester
Talita Hill
Anne Holmes
Linda Hussey
Kathy Johnson
Diane Kennedy
Terri Luetjen
Ann Mehrhof
Shawna Ricks
Michele Rooney
Candy Schmoll
Christine Smith
Julia Starr
Sue Teasley
Rose Thompson
Michael Venneman
Jaylene Weigel
SueEllen Weigel
Gloria Womelduff
Krista Wright
Certified Clinical Transplant
Coordinator
Brenda Brewer
Vicki Fioravanti
Felicia Long
Certified Diabetes Educator
Goldie Benz
Mary Berquist
Diana Burnett
Cynthia Cohoon
Jamie Contreras
Amanda Fridlington
Kristal Gooch
Ronald Hoyler
Linda Hussey
Jenifer Neighbors
Malisa Putnam
Jessica Schirmer
SueEllen Weigel
Certified Diabetes Nurse
Melissa Cernech
Certified Dialysis Nurse
Lorene Pinkley
Certified Emergency Room Nurse
Ron Fay
Laura Lett
Janet Smith
Certified Flight Registered Nurse
Eric Smith
Kevin Otoole
Certified Foot Care Nurse
Jeanette Hopkins
Certified Gastrointestinal Registered Nurse
Kandy Morgan
Certified Hematopoietic Transplant
Coordinator
Karen Kranz
Certified Legal Nurse Consultant
Felicia Green
Chung-Mai Tseng
Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse
Jessica Jameson
Certified Nephrology Nurse
Brenda Brewer
Diana Hurley
Linda Jones
Catherine Knight
Diane Kraynak
Amy Nau
Julia Starr
Certified Nurse Educator
Kimberly Ries
Certified Nurse Operating Room
Mark Besinger
Kathryn Blundell
Lyndsey Borton
Kathy Bradley
Kimberly Bulloc
Julie Bustamante
Lisa Carmony
Maribeth Colombo
Julie Crookshank
David Deines
Jeri Sidden
Megan Sloan
Sharla Splittgerber
Amy Stillman
Diana Suarez
Mary Sweeney
Julie Thorne
Marianne Truman
Stefanie Tyrer
Colleen Vitztum
Lisa Wagenknecht
Tiffany Walters-Wilson
Jennifer Winchester
Sabrina Yasso
Anne Young
Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
Elizabeth Lyman
Certified Occupational Health Nurse
Debra Quirarte
Deborah Rivera
Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse
Michelle Abbott
Katherine Anderson
Teresa Bontrager
Katie Boyd
Jacqueline Brown
Whitney Conard
Deanna Curran
Annalise Daly
Adrienne Edmonds
Justine Edwards
Julie Gawlak
Maggie Gibbs
Pat Guthrie
Kerri Hopkins
Nicole Jaramillo
Hannah Jenkins
Kelli Jenkinson
Phillip Lee
Emily Murdock
Sarah Murray
Dixie Norris
John Noyes
Stephanie Otis
Betty Owen
Patricia Phillips
Aaron Rench
Janet Smith
Myrna Taylor
Melanie Wade
Bradley Winfrey
Professional Development
Pamela Dennis
Gail Dustman
Sandra Ehlers
Beth Feldhacker
Sylvia Fendler
Amy Gordee
Kristina Handley
Melissa Harber
Cindy Hedrick
Julia Horowitz
Nancy Huppe
Megan Jackson
Melissa Jones
Mary Kanatzar
Bonnie Kangas
Robin Keene
Amber Kling
Amber La Voi
Michelle Lever
Joyce McCollum
Regina McDonald
Karen McFarland
Jodie Meyer
Barbara Mueller
Elizabeth Nasche
Marci Neely
Stacy Neighbors
Marcy Quarles
Kelli Royal
Tammy Saluto
Stephanie Sandelich
Lynette Schaller
Stacy Schmidtlein
Laura Scott
Certified Pediatric Hematology
Oncology Nurse
April Assee
Lindsey Fricke
Monika Graber
Diana Healy
Jennifer Hudson
Amy Imafidon
Christine Klotz
Kimberly McGovern
Jennifer Nordin
Denise Padilla
Kimberly Skelly
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Danica Stull
Amanda Symons
Theresa Torres
Certified Pediatric Nurse
Meghan Adams
Heather Aldrich
Jill Allen
Kristin Allender
Mary Allinder
Renae Altenhofen
Katherine Anderson
Tracy Anderson
Brenda Anderson-Bell
Linda Andre
Danielle Antes
Marian Ascheman
Kristi Aufderheide
Deborah Ayers
Catherine Ayres
Kathleen Bailey
Angela Baker
Lisa Baker
Carlye Bakian
Kara Ball
Laurisa Ballew
Catherine Bandelier
Courtney Banister
Josephine Barba
Stacie Barber
Pamela Barham
Lindsay Barrow
Sandra Bartsch
Camille Bass
Shelli Baum
Erik Bayer
Bryan Beaven
Caylin Beebe
Michelle Beisly
Mary Bell
Amy Belton
Joan Benson
Goldie Benz
Mary Berquist
Jennifer Bitner
Angie Black
Sharon Blevins
Betsy Boehner
Pamela Bolton
Brenda Boots
Penny Bopp
Amy Boren
Scott Brackett
Jill Braune
Kelly Bray
Suzanne Brewer
Mary Brooker
Monica Brooks
Vivian Broussard
Jacqueline Brown
Janice Brown
Jessica Brunsman
Kelly Brush
Stephanie Bryan
Julie Buck
Pamela Burgard
Melissa Burghardt
Jayne Burns
Michele Burns
Sarah Burr
Cherie Burroughs-Scanlon
Mary Calcara
Francine Campbell
Aaron Cantrell
Paula Capel
Teri Carpenter
Linda Carriker
Nichole Carroll
Bobbie Carter
Andrea Carver
Melissa Cernech
Joanne Chastain
Samantha Chestnut
Rachel Christie
Rachel Cisneros
Victoria Clagett
Patricia Clay
Nicolette Clifford
Jennifer Clifton
Terri Clifton
Diane Cobler
Elizabeth Coffer
Gayleene Colgan
Kristin Collis
Kristyn Colon
Lauri Comstock
April Connell
Jamie Contreras
Ami Cook
Lauren Copeland
Debra Cosseboom
Karla Couch
Charlotte Doyle
Stacy Doyle
Lisa Dryer
Jowana Dye
Janet Dykes
Clint Dziadosz
Michael Eaton
Rebekah Ebert
Gail Echerd
Adrienne Edmonds
Sandra Ehlers
Mindy Eldridge
Nicole Eldridge
Jennifer Elliott
Lauren Emery
Noelle Endsley
Scott England
Brooke Enz
Erin Erhard
Melissa Erpelding
Jana Etherton-Still
Sherilyn Evenson
Marianna Farino
Noreen Felich
Tegan Feuerborn
Amy Findlay
Erin Finkeldei
Eve Finley
Pamela Flack
Kathleen Fletcher
Carolyn Forrest
Dawn Foster
Cynthia Fowler
Autumn Fox
Lisa Fox
Stacey Frisbie
Amy Frost
Shanon Fucik
Deanna Fugitt
Jennifer Fulk
Kathryn Fulton
Amy Gab
Allison Gardner
Christina Gassen
Lenny Gaulke
Sarah Gebhards
Margaret Gehrig
Tricia Gentzler
Lisa Geraghty
Catherine Gerke
Rebecca Gerke
Angela Gethers
Brooke Gibson
Molly Ginder
Kristina Goin
Kristal Gooch
Amy Gordee
Erica Gorman
Cheryl Grace
Kristine Grandin
Jolene Granfors
Christina Graskemper
Billy Green
Robin Griffith
Denise Grogan
Dawn Guerra
Christa Gulick
Erin Gunter
Professional Development
Katie Cox
Lena Cox
Michelle Cox
Nickey Crail
Mary Creason
Michaela Cronkhite
Janna Crowley
Jean Crumrine-Brauer
Charleen Cunningham
Deanna Curran
Pat Dalton
Joan Davidson
Lindsay Davis
Megan Davis
Pamela Davis
Christy Dejmal
Danielle Delozier
Melissa Denning
Katherine Denton
Laura Deshon
Kristin Devlin
Margaret Dewitt
Cullie Dey
Olga Diaz
Barbara Diblasi
Kimberly Didlo
Mary Dietrich
Alisha Dillingham
Caroline DiSalvo
Julie Dishman
Khrystina Dollman
Jennifer Doring
Meagan Dorton
Jamie Douglas
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Patrice Guthrie
Christina Gutierrez
Christina Hall
Laura Hall
Kelly Hames
Jessica Hammer
Connie Haney
Melissa Harber
Ashley Harding
Bev Harlan
Amy Harmon
Alanna Harr
Jamie Hart
Susie Hatten
Karen Hawley
Romy Hayes
Angela Helgemoe
Susanne Helms
Kerry Hennessy-Davidson
Rhonda Hennigh-Smith
Pamela Hensley
Cara Hicks
Danette Hicks
Elizabeth Hinkle
Tammy Hitt
Kristi Hobbs
Kelly Hodges
Tamara Hoeppner
Allison Hoffman
Elizabeth Hoffman
Kimberly Hoffman
Tanis Holdeman
Tiffanie Holland
Amanda Hopkins
Gayla Huffman
Jenifer Hultgren
Donna Humphrey
Brittney Hunter
Kelly Huntington
Tracie Hurst
Cynthia Hutchings
Joe Infranca
Trudi Jackson
Wendy Jahner
Deborah Jaklevic
Leslie Jakobe
April Jaquay-Sullivan
Kristen Jarvis
Kimberly Jenkins
Shelly Jennings
Kelly Jensen
Sheila Jimenez
Ann Johannes
Catherine Johnson
Kelly Johnson
Lindsey Johnson
Lisa Johnson
Marsha Johnson
Mary Ann Johnson
Jenna Johnston
Kara Jones
Kelly Jones
Rebecca Jones
Stephanie Jones
Vera Jones
Jennifer Joplin
Robin Jordan
Julie Jost
Allison Juneau
Sarah Keady
Lisa Keeter
Jill Kelley
Haley Kendall
Diana King
Stephanie King
Marilyn Kirn
Jennifer Kirwan
Susan Klene
Angela Kneisly
Lindsey Koebel
Meredith Kopp
Lou Kosar
Brenda Kotar
Amanda Kraft
Stephen Kraly
Jill Kreiling
Lori Kubicki
Trisha Kuhlman
Tina Lane
Mary Langston
Amy Latimer
Amy Lawlor
Debra Layson
Julia Leamon
Laura Lehenbauer
Susan Leick
Aimee Lenhausen
Jennifer Leonard
Merianne Lero
Carrie Lewis
Cynthia Lewis
Briann McDowell
Kamie McEachran
Bridget McGinley
Megan McGown
Patti McGrannahan
Melissa McGraw
Pamela McKee
Maria McMahon
Jamee McNally
Cheryl Melton
Jamie Menown
Jesse Merino
Jennifer Merz
Michelle Meyer
Marla Michaels
Katherine Mick
Heather Miles
Joleene Miller
Linda Miller
Lindsey Miller
Lori Miller
Rebecca Miller
Linda Mills
Venise Mobley
Deborah Moll
Penny Monachino
Erica Monaco
Emily Monaghan
Sarah Monteer
Brandy Moody
Tina Moore
Katherine Moran
Catherine Morgan
China Mortell
Shelley Mueller
Suzanne Mulcahy
Rita Mulleedy
Natalie Munger
Erryn Murphy
Carletta Murray
Janene Nalivaiko
Sofia Navarro
Deneane Neathery
Janette Nebel
Emily Nelson
Tracie Newell
Cassandra Nicholson
Pamela Nickerson
Sheilah Niemeyer
Dixie Norris
Elizabeth North
Rebecca Nunnally
Jana Nye
Dena Oertle
Donnita O'Guin-Spickler
Holly OíHare
Maria Olson
Njideka Osuala
Catherine Overfelt
Marcy Page
Jolene Palmer
Jolynn Parker
Stacy Parks
Katie Parrish
Sarah Patton
Rebecca Paulsen
Elicia Payne
Lana Payton
Professional Development
Tammy Lightner
Cortni Lind
Monica Lindsey
Rebecca Litton
Julie Locascio
Sachia Logan
Angela Lopez
Megan Longstreet
Donna Lucus
Tennille Luthi
Kelly Lynch
Jill Mady
Teresa Malaun
Rose Maley
Kelly Malmstrom
Michelle Martin
Rachel Martin
Sara Martin
Susan Martin
Margaret Martin-McLain
Daniel Marx
Natalie Masters
Joan Maxwell
Marcia May
Tera McBride
Ugne McBride
Rebecca McCall
Deborah McCamy
Ashley McCann
Sherry McCart
Jennifer McCarthy
Carla McCoy
Audrey McCullough
Julie McDonald
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Teresa Pemberton
Kimberly Periman
Rolanda Peterson
Diane Petrie
Sarah Petro
Patty Phillips
Amy Pierce
Mary Ploehn
Erin Polak
Camie Pontius
Michelle Pope
Deanna Porter
Catherine Pribyl
Melissa Prickett
Anita Priefert
Amy Pulliam
Malisa Putnam
Marcy Quarles
Allison Raetz
Kelli Rafols
Erin Ragsdale
Kerri Ragsdale
Amy Ramsey
Rebecca Randolph
Kristin Ray
Emily Reavey
Theresa Reed
Teresa Reese
Patricia Rehg
Mary Beth Reid
Teresa Reine
Michelle Renner
Lisa Rheuark
Amy Ricketts
Kimberly Ries
Kimberly Robbins
Sandy Roberts
Amy Robinson
Lisa Robinson
Jamie Rogers
Beth Roher
Crystal Rollwagen
Michele Rooney
Nicole Rose
Katrina Ross
Katie Roth
Michele Rusch
Kathleen Russell
Iris Salyer
Linda Sandridge
Amy Sanford
Kathy Sarna
Michelle Schaal
Linda Schieber
Jessica Schirmer
Roberta Schomburg
Kalee Schooley
Brandie Schwindler
Amy Scott
Debra Scott
Hope Scott
Melissa Scudiero
Tara Seals
Ashley Sediqzad
Sarah See
Kelsey Shackley
Heather Shafer
Lori Shank
Amy Sharp
Rox-Ann Shaughnessy
Kathi Shepherd
Michele Sherlock
Jamie Sherwood
Sheri Shiddell
Allyson Shore
Jodi Shroba
Laura Shroyer
Kerry Shutt
Laura Sifers
Bridgette Silvers
Patricia Simmons
Stephanie Sinclair
Priscilla Singer
Lindsay Sizemore
Karen Sluder
Amber L Smith
Amber M Smith
Angela Smith
Astrid Smith
Callan Smith
Kristen Smith
Kristine Smith
Robin Smith
Sharyl Smith
Stacy Smith
Suzanna Smith
Marty Snyder
Sara Soliman
Janet Sollazzo
Catherine Spears
Christina Spears
Haley Spellerberg
Jeri Thompson
Lynne Thomson
Brandi Tinney
Erin Todd
Michelle Toppass
Mary Torre
Lena Towler
Lori Tritsch
Sara Tulyasathien
Ashley Tungett
Noreen Turek
Carrie Tyner
Megan Ubben
Aimee Uher
Brandi Ury
Joanna Van Noy
Kathleen Vandiver
Hillary VanSlyke
Joann Vargas
Holly Vaughn
Jill Vickers
Ashley Victor
Alyson Voigt
Danielle Wakefield
Amanda Wallace
Deena Wallace
Mara Wallace
Micah Wallace
Sarah Wallace
Michele Walters
Tiffany Walters-Wilson
Leejae Wansing
Sarah Wareham
Heather Wasserkrug
Mandy Watson
Curtis Weber
Adrienne Weeks
Jaylene Weigel
Kathi Welch
Courtney Wellman
Kellie Westhoff
Jana Wheeler
Andrea White
Laura White
Leah White
Mary White
Lindsay Wichman
Karen Widdis
Susan Widener
Jan Wiebe
Angela Wiedner
Jacqueline Wiesner
Andrea Wignall
Johanna Wiley
Deana Wilhoite
Amanda Williams
Angie Williams
Cindy Williams
Katie Williams
Kim Williams
Lechelle Williams
Maria Williams
Michelle Williams
Trisha Williams
Deborah Willis
Laura Wilson
Rebekah Wilson
Jodie Winfrey
Professional Development
Tonja Spencer
Kristyn Spiller
Julie St. John
Stephanie Stancil
Gina Stanke
Robin Starr
Jayla Stevens
Jessica Stockhorst
Tina Stoll
Brent Straley
Julia Streed
Donna Stroud
Elizabeth Stueve
Joanna Stusse
Dolores Suenram
Arin Summerville
Lindsey Sutanto
Laura Sutherland
Nancy Sveom
Mary Svoboda
Christine Symes
Nancy Tait
Deborah Tanking
Aisha Tate
Jordan Tate
Debra Taylor
Juliann Taylor
Lelani Taylor
Myrna Taylor
Bonnie Tecza
Julie Theismann
Jill Thomas
Stefani Thomason
Brenda Thompson
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Casie Winscher
Nicole Winsor
Amanda Woldruff
Jennifer Wolf
Stacey Wood
Jennifer Wooster
Ashley Wrecke
Stefanie Wright
Rebecca Yord
Samantha Young
Victoria Zadoyan
Lisa Zeffiro
Lindsay Zumbrunn
Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse:
CPON®
Jill Anderson
Phyllis Baer
Jeanette Baez
Joy Bartholomew
Amy Berry
Cathy Burks
Susan Burns
Amy Diggs
Emily Dischinger
Carie Fisher
Shanna Foley
Julie Fournier
Stacia Ghafoori
Kristi Gordon
Shelley Hammontree
Wendy Haylett
Catherine Hoolehan
Jennifer Joplin
Kelly King
Anne Kuhl
Theresa Lady
Susan Loehr
Jenny Marsh
Christine McHenry
Leslie Meador
Jennifer OíHara
Kelly OíNeill
Emily Pearson
Kristy Reynolds
Denise Riebau
Kathleen Russell
Bridgette Silvers
Mary Slatten
Kay Smith
Teressa Smith
Susan Stamm
Kristin Stegenga
Liann Stogsdill
Maggie Sullivan
Nancy Terwilliger
Jamie Turk
Andrew Wilson
Certified Perioperative Nurse
Melissa Everhart
Mary Gregory
Meredith Kopp
Rhonda Luster
Linda Martin
Christine Salzman
Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse
Tonia Best
Sarah Burr
Kelley Chapman
Rachel Greening
Brenda Hankins
Deann Hoard
Armi Holcomb
Shannon Kellogg
Kristen Kerwin
Cynthia Knoelke
Sarah Lovejoy
Tricia McDowell
Barbara Roberts
Margaret Schultz
Cheryl Smith
Janice Trauernicht
Melanie Yourdon
Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality
Kathy Hulse
Carol Kemper
Janet Smith
Certified Professional Coder
Sandra Andachter
Deborah Apfel
Gail Echerd
Certified Professional Utilization Review
Pamela King
Certified Radiology Nurse
Kaylene Wiley
Certified Registered Nurse - Infusion
Mechelle House
Certified Registered Nurse - Intravenous
Marty Snyder
Chung-Mai Tseng
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
Amie Gibler
Certified Wound Care and Certified Wound,
Ostomy and Continence Nurse
Kristina Foster
Jeanette Hopkins
Critical Care Registered Nurse
Jacqulin Ashbaugh
Abbie Backes
Kathlyn Baharaeen
Susette Ball
Cynthia Barton
Lacey Bergerhofer
Kathryn Boles
Lindsey Bradbury
Phyllis Bredehoft
Stephanie Carter
Jessica Charbonneau
Christine Claeys
Rebecca Coppage
Angela Cunningham
Kari Davidson
Carrie Dickerman
Paul Edrington
Lisa Ell
Scott England
Sally Fagan
Carla Frazier
Sarah Gerard
Maria Ginger-Wiley
Caryl Goodyear-Bruch
Barbara Gordon
Julie Harris
Stacey Harter
Mary Hensley
Shekinah Hensley
Lynn Howard
Cynthia Hubbard
Amber Hughes-Schalk
Brandy Huitt
Mary Hunter
Nicole Hutcheson
Melissa Jackson
Lindsay Jessee
Ann Johannes
Gayla Johnston
Erin Keith-Chancy
Beth Lang
Michelle Likes
Fannie Ludewig
Marilyn Maddox
Dina Massengill
Kathleen McGlinn
Traci Meeds
Mary Michael
Linda Moenkhoff
Sara Mosbacher
Kristen Mroczka
Karen Murray
Jessica Nachtsheim
Tabitha Nelson
Debra Newton
Linzi OíLaughlin
Kevin Otoole
Lana Parrish
Stacy Pennington
Janice Phelps
Amy Pierce
Jessica Pinkerton
Julia Pulcher
Laurie Ray
Cynthia Rice
Mary Ann Riesco
Lynee Rigdon
Oletha Riley
Andrea Ritchey
Marla Row
Kelly Scannell
Deborah Schwartzkopf
Jillian Scott
Kristen Scott
Dedra Serda
Jacqueline Shellhorn
Derek Shroyer
Kelli Siebel
Rebecca Sindel
Charlotte Smardo
Professional Development
Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant
Kathryn Blundell
Pamela Dennis
Kristina Handley
Melissa Harber
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Eric Smith
Hillary Smith
Katie Stangler
Melissa Storms
Amy Sweeten
Julie Taylor
Sara Torrez
Mandi Turner
Charise Tyner
Michelle Waddell
Sarah Wilson
Electronic Fetal Monitoring
Stacie Carrender
Kerri Kuntz
Family Nurse Practitioner
Rachel Bartel
Joy Bartholomew
Sherris Bellamy
Lori Blake
Andrea Bond
Scotti Brackett
Amanda Cavlovich
Gretchen Curtis
ThuyTien Dang
Melissa Denning
Laura Erickson
Jessie Fazel
Amie Gibler
Brooke Gibson
Ann Gottfried
Julie Hamlin
Tanis Holdeman
Julia Horowitz
Susan Hunter
Lee Jackson
Kacie Kaufman
Vicki Keck
Lindsay King
Julie Martin
Sherri Martin
Tracy McEnaney
Emily Murdock
Katie Potts
Chad Rosenthal
Nancy Shreve
Stephani Stancil
Melissa Stein
Kelly Steward
Kimberly Tennissen
Nancy Terwilliger
Mandy Thompson
Theresa Torres
Kristin Williams
Kathryn Yeldell
Fellow of the American College of
Healthcare Executives
Karen Cox
Stacy Doyle
Inpatient Obstetric Nursing
Lindsey Ackerson
Tonya Blair
Stacie Carrender
Jennifer Charlton
Brianne Fallon
Amie Glaves
Felicia Green
Kerri Kuntz
Heather Russell
Christy Rutter-Chu
Heather Scruton
International Board Certified Lactation
Consultant
Tiffany Haning
Kathleen Hortenstine
Lactation Consultant
Kay Dehart
Helen Huff
Barbara Lawson
Anne Mercer
Elizabeth Schirk
Brenda Snyder
Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse
Shannon Adams
Deborah Amaro
Linda Atchison
Robin Bloom
Tiffani Bradbury
Terese Brophy
Stephanie Callis
Lynn Carver
Brian Cline
Stephanie Collop
Candace Coward
Roxanne Nellor
Ashley Orwick
Carla Phillips
Elizabeth Picone-Combs
Wendy Reeves
Virginia Richard
Melissa Ritter
Katherine Roepke
Alicia Ryan
Rosemary Sayer
Kristen Sayers
Jennifer Schlotzhauer
Amy Sloan
Karen Smith
Ashley Speck
Irma Stilwell
Dianne Wilderson
Bill Willis
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Bernice Averill
Virginia Bauler
Angela Becker
Addie Begley
Jacqueline Biondo
Laura Butcher
Amber Cox
Lindsey Churchman
Mary DeMasi
Staci Elliott
Angela Elmore
Merry Gaddis
Janice Garrett
Martha Goodwin
Mary Hagerty
Nicole Horst
Kimberly Hunter
Janice Jones
Kerry Kohrs
Betsy Knappen
Kerry Kohrs
Deanna McPherson
Antonia Montague
Karen Moore
Laura Mullins
Jennifer Nieman
Catherine Onka
Diane Pfeifer
Daphne Reavey
Kimberly Salsman
Michelle Schultz
Denise Smith
Karen Smith
Olivia Taylor
Carol Trees
Marvetta Volker
Lynn Ward
Diana Waisner
Rachel Weirich
Kelli Woods
Professional Development
Mary Czuczejko
Christin Dealy
Janet Dykes
Tracy Eason
Christina Elliott
Georgianna Ely
Sarah English
Brecklyn Findley
Valerie Flick
Hannah Ford
Stephanie Franke
Michelle Garner
Abbey Gatoff
Dorothy Gerst
Amanda Gilges
Sunny Gillen
Barbara Haney
Vicki Headley
Rachel Hindman
Carrie Jennewein
Jacqueline Julian
Janet Klein
Jennifer Kurasz
Megan Lacy
Mary Kay Leick-Rude
Jessica Leon
Ashley Lewis
Patricia Light
Noel Lynch
Beth Maney
Jayna McDaniel
Michele Mills
Tina Moore
Jannethe Morgan
Neonatal Pediatric Transport
Pamela Grimes
Jennifer Shoemaker
Kerry Shutt
Eric Smith
Lana Todd
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Nurse Executive-Board Certified
Paula Blizzard
Devin Bowers
Shirley Cornwell
Gail Echerd
Marty Fairchild
Michele Fix
Janet Franzen
Allison Gardner
Janet Klein
Kelly Manking
Cheryl Powers
Laura Shroyer
Gina Stanke
Chung-Mai Tseng
Nurse Executive-Advanced Board
Certified
Karen Cox
Stacy Doyle
Cheri Hunt
Nursing Professional Development
Melissa Harber
Angie Knackstedt
Pat Thon
Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal
Nursing
Lauren Besse
Rachael Clark
Barkley Hoover
Carrie Jennewein
Blair Kopper
Christina Northington
Brooke Roberts
Emily Ryan
Cheryl Savoie
Oncology Certified Nurse
Patricia Pretti
Kristy Reynolds
Orthopaedic Nurse Certification
Heather Barnett
Martha Carter
Angela Vanderpool
Colleen Vitztum
Linda Williams
Donna Wyly
Other Specialty Exams
Lisa Ell
Donna Flamez
Carol Genilo
Dedra Serda
Kristen Suszek-Williams
Brenda Taylor
Pain Management
Lynn Anson
Debra Davidson
Janice Poull
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Heather Curry
Pamela Finn
Kristina Foster
Larri Harris
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Meghan Adams
Renae Altenhofen
Heather Barnett
Dana Barry
Lora Bear
Patricia Beirne
Angie Black
Catherine Black
Denise Brewster
Julie Buck
Terry Buford
Veronica Byrne
Ellen Carpenter
Kathryn Chojnacki
Kathy Christenson
Emily Cowden
Christy Dejmal
Danielle Delozier
Sylvia Denny
Deborah Edwards
Lori Erickson
Jana Etherton-Still
Gail Ezell
Dawn Foster
Amanda Fridlington
Julia Fugate
Jennifer Geheb
Angela Gethers
Patricia Gibbons
Stacey Gibson
Laura Grimm
Abby Grotelueschen
Kristie Hobbs
Shirley Molitor-Kirsch
Jessica Muehlfarth
Harriet Navarre
Jamie Neal
Cassandra Newell
Catherine Onka
Patricia Phillips
Amy Pierce
Emily Pierzchalski
Adrienne Platt
Kimberly Radford
Virginia Rahm
Rukhsana Rahmetulla
Diane Rash
Stacy Reynolds
Linda Risley
Michelle Roach
Karie Robinson
Edith Roderick
Sara Roediger
Susan Sarcone
Kristen Sayers
Kathryn Schartz
Melissa Seybert
Jodi Shroba
Amber Smith
Kristen Smith
Summer Smith
Susan Stamm
Katie Stangler
Anne Stuedemann
Elizabeth Stueve
Christine Symes
Amy Terreros
Teri Thompson
Julie Thorne
Dawn Tucker
Taryn Vaeth
Kerri Wade
Donna Wallace
Karen Widdis
Lechelle Williams
Stephanie Wilson
Polly Wimer
Brandy Winkle
Jennifer Wulfert
Donna Wyly
Samantha Young
Professional Development
Mary Hall
Diana Healy
Edy Heydinger
Jennifer Hudson
Susan Hunter
Linda Hussey
Megan Jensen
Kathleen Kraly-Jansen
Jodie Johnson
Paige Johnson
Leah Jones
Deborah Kapitan
Judith Kauffman
Diana King
Christine Klebes
Holly Kramer
Mary Langston
Diane Kraynak
Cheryl Lambrecht
Andrew Loehr
Ingrid Larson
Maria Little
Fannie Ludewig
Terri Luetjen
Megan Lynch
Kathleen Mahoney
Julie Martin
Amy May
Delores McKee
Jamee McNally
Ellen Meier
Kathleen Menown
Kelly Miller
Brandi Missel
Pediatric Nurse-Board Certified
Cathy Cartwright
Pediatric Nursing
Lori Bennett
Gayla Cheadle
Elaine Johnson
Heather Jones
Amanda Kane
Kathy Kellerman
Katherine Roberts
Laura Kozlowski
Joyce Sexton
Kelli Zuckerman
Perianesthesia Nursing
Kathleen Glatt
Perinatal Nurse
Elisabeth Singh
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Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse
Practitioner
Karen Beaudet
Heather Jones
Lisa Laddish
Allison Lind
Michelle Moore
Gina Weddle
Registered Nurse-Board Certified
Jill Ariagno
Julie Bryan
Chelcia Claar
Sylvia Denny
Kimberly Dickerson
Staci Elliott
Jeanette Higgins
Robyn Kleweno
Angela Lee
Michelle Lever
Jessica Lower
Marilyn Maddox
Mary Murphy
Rachel Nadon
Pamela OíNeal
Linda Sharp
Beverley Tate
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Adult
Amy Gordee
Stephanie Otis
Janet Smith
Jan Wiebe
Tammie Wingert
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Pediatric
Kathryn Boles
Lisa Geraghty
Stephanie Otis
Janet Smith
Jan Wiebe
Tammie Wingert
Telephone Nursing Practice
Patricia Hopkins
Lisa Ruffini
Shirley Shanley
Vascular Access-Board Certified
Stephanie Carter
Kimberly Jenkins
Tammy Lightner
Shana Reed
Ellen Snell
Wound Care Certified
Colette Liles
As a professional
development program,
the ADVANCE Program
is a formal method
to recognize direct
care nurses for
their commitment
to continually
advancing nursing
care for patients and
families at Childrenís
Mercy. ADVANCE
acknowledges that
direct care nurses practice on a continuum,
nurses at every level of expertise make valuable
contributions and clinical excellence is a
common goal for all Childrenís Mercy nurses.
The ADVANCE Program is built on the premise
that as nurses gain knowledge and integrate
their clinical experiences, the way in which
they practice within and across each ADVANCE
domain evolves and matures. Practice levels
range from a novice RNII to a clinically expert
bedside leader RNV.
In 2011, 887 nurses were recognized through
the ADVANCE Program. In 2012, participation
increased to 943 nurses. Following are the nurses
who were recognized through the ADVANCE
Program for each year:
ADVANCE 2011
RN II
Michelle Abbott
Melissa Abele
Alicia Adams
Mary Allinder
Kyla Alsman
Deborah Amaro
Christine Anderson
Melissa Armanees
Amy Avant
Leandra Awad
Jennifer Baker
Kara Ball
Laurisa Ballew
Jeanne Bangert
Josephine Barba
Kim Barbee
Lindsay Barrow
Camille Bass
Shelli Baum
Ashley Bean
Courtney Beck
Emily Beck
Caylin Beebe
Margie Beery
Marissa Beidelschies
Stephanie Bell
Amy Belton
Dawn Bennett
Wendy Bennett
Michelle Benschoter
Lauren Besse
Lindsay Billinger
Tara Billings
Sarah Birkenholz
Debbie Blocker
Betsy Boehner
Noreen Bollinger
Pamela Bolton
Teresa Bontrager
Aimee Boudreaux
Shelly Brantner
Jill Braune
Alyse Bredemeier
Lisa Brigandi
Eva Briscoe
Terese Brophy
Nichole Brouse
Janice Brown
Lauren Bruso
Lindsey Buckman
Rachel Budy
Nicole Burcham
Audrey Bureman
Abigail Butler
Nancy Cain
Stephanie Callis
Brenda Campbell
Wendy Cantrell
Lisa Carmony
Nichole Carroll
Bobbie Carter
Andrea Carver
Kelly Celaya
Yua Cha
Erin Chaney
Samantha Chestnut
Professional Development
ADVANCE
Program
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Rachel Christie
Rachel Cisneros
Mary Clayton
Nicolette Clifford
Mica Clifton
Brian Cline
Doris Coleman
Jessica Collins
Stephanie Collop
Maribeth Colombo
Whitney Conard
Ann Cooper
Lauren Copeland
Candace Coward
Katie Cox
Michelle Cox
Nickey Crail
Miriam Crandall
Leslie Cretel
Michaela Cronkhite
Casandra Crow
Tara Cunningham
Sarah Czarev
Joanna Dale
Annalise Daly
Carissa Danaher
Amanda Daniel
Stephanie Daniels
Debra Davidson
Joan Davidson
Courtney Davis
Kelli Davis
Christin Dealy
Jessica Deering
Jennifer Deever
David Deines
Deanna Dennis
Laura Deshon
Kristin Devlin
Cullie Dey
Olga Diaz
Barbara Diblasi
Kimberly Dickerson
Cindy Diggs
Caroline DiSalvo
Julie Dishman
Molly Dixon
Khrystina Dollmann
Meagan Dorton
Christine Douglas
Rachel Drake
Jennifer Dremann
Kristi Dye
Janet Dykes
Rebekah Ebert
Paula Edrington
Justine Edwards
Kathryn Edwards
Gentry Ehlert
Nicole Eldridge
Jasma Ellis
Sarah English
Sarah Erdogan
Andrea Erickson
Sherilyn Evenson
Kristen Farrell
Ashley Fase
Laura Feld
Rebecca Felix
Valerie Finley
Donna Flamez
Amanda Fletchall
Kathleen Fletcher
Kathryn Flott
Stacie Fogelberg
Chelsea Ford
Hannah Ford
Kimberly Frank
Stephanie Franke
Allison Frazier
Carla Frazier
Daniel Frazier
Kourtney Frederes
Sarah Freund
Carly Frewin
Lindsey Fricke
Stacey Frisbie
Kristen Gabbert
Kyla Galate
Tracie Gardner
Abbey Gatoff
Lenny Gaulke
Tracy Geier
Sarah Gerard
Julie Geren
Dorothy Gerst
Bridget Gharst
Shelby Gill
Megan Gillihan
Gina Gilroy
Tina Gimbert
Maria Ginger-Wiley
Cindy Hedrick
Holly Heffley
Angela Helgemoe
Kristy Hendrix
Suzanne Henley
Georgina Hernandez
Cara Hicks
Sherry Hicks
Maureen Higbie
Holly Hilton
Elizabeth Hinkle
Kristy Hirt
Tamara Hoeppner
Lori Holcomb
Lisa Holden
Kallie Hopkins
Kerri Hopkins
Kathleen Hortenstine
Shanda Hoss
Lynn Howard
Amy Huffman
Deanna Huffman
Jenifer Hultgren
Sara Hume
Robyn Hunsley
Kristina Hunt
Tracie Hurst
Melissa Jackson
Meredith Jackson
Veronica Jacobs
Michelle Janes
Shelly Jennings
Ann Johannes
Brittany Johnson
Gabrielle Johnson
Lindsey Johnson
Lisa Johnson
Mary Ann Johnson
Melissa Jones
Rebecca Jones
Tamla Jones
Jayme Kagarice
Lisa Keeter
Haley Kendall
Danielle Keninger
Jennie Kensinger
Crystal Kent
Lynsey Kern
Julie Kincheloe
Sara Kindler
Stephanie King
Tyler Kirby
Theresa Kirkpatrick
Aimee Kish
Michelle Knifong
Shari Knoth
Ashley Kolesar
Meredith Kopp
Hilary Korte
Brenda Kotar
Laura Kozlowski
Vicky Kramer
Lori Kubicki
Jennifer Kurasz
Megan Lacy
Bre Anne Langel
Kelly Lawless
Angela Lee
Professional Development
Holly Godshall
Lorie Gordon
Erica Gorman
Suzanne Gough
Courtney Grafton
Christina Graskemper
Renee Greathouse
Brigette Green
Lisa Green
Shannon Green
Christy Gudenkauf
Dawn Guerra
Christa Gulick
Mindilu Gulley
Megan Gustafson
Patrice Guthrie
Rosalia Gutierrez
Mary Haggerty
Emily Haith
Aubrey Hale
Amy Hall
Christina Hall
Laura Hall
Rebekah Ham
Hannah Hanchar
Amanda Hanna
Diane Hardesty
Amy Harmon
Tammy Harmon
Heather Harris
Megan Hasse
Kathleen Hausthor
Ashley Havlena
Marilyn Hedges
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Aimee Lenhausen
Darla Levine
Meghan Lewis
Nakita Lewis
Michelle Likes
Tara Linder
Kristi Lindsay
Monica Lindsey
Jay Lisondra
Jessica Littell
Julie Locascio
Corey Long
Stacy Long
Anne Lovelace
Rhonda Luster
Kellye MacCallum
Bernadette Maddock
Beth Maney
Marsha Maples
Melissa Martin
Sara Martin
Maria Martinez
Tera McBride
Rebecca McCall
Ashley McCann
Richard Mccomas
Carla McCoy
Marlys McGee
Kathleen McGlinn
Janet McGovern
Aja McLemore
Angelique McMenemy
Jennifer Meade
Jamie Menown
Jesse Merino
Jennifer Merz
Angelynn Mescher
Joleene Miller
Rebecca Miller
Michele Mills
Rachael Millsap
Erica Monaco
Brandy Moody
Kristen Moon
John Moore
Kristen Mroczka
Anna Mueller
Barbara Mueller
Suzanne Mulcahy
Tiffany Mullen
Mary Mullin
Emily Murdock
Anna Murray
Sarah Murray
Therese Murray
Coleen Nelson
Emily Nelson
Tabitha Nelson
Tracie Newell
Rachel Newport
Jessica Nichols
Janet Nickum
Cortney Niedringhaus
Sheilah Niemeyer
Meredith Nolen
Paola Noll
Dixie Norris
Elizabeth North
Rebecca Nunnally
Jill O'Dell
Corrine O'Neill
Deanna Orwig
Stephanie Otis
Pamela Otterstedt
Catherine Overfelt
Betty Owen
Katrina Paige
Sarah Palermo
Kimberly Palmer
Christine Palomba
Susan Parish
Veronica Parker
Katie Parrish
Stephanie Patterson
Amy Pence
Brittney Pendleton
Amy Perry
Christina Peterson
Laura Peterson
Diane Petrie
Sarah Pettengill
Alicia Phillips
Kris Ann Phillips
Jessica Pinkerton
Daniela Pirvu
Michelle Pope
Lisa Post-Jones
Connie Potts
Anne Pracht
Patricia Pretti
Michelle Price
Melissa Prickett
Catherine San Pablo
Julie Sarowski
Patricia Schantz
Jennifer Schmidt
Stacy Schmidtlein
Katie Schmuke
Mary Schneck
Susan Schuler
Brandie Schwindler
Debra Scott
Kristen Scott
Laura Scott
Summer Scott
Ruth Scott Nelson
Nicole Sears
Sarah See
Joyce Sexton
Heather Shafer
Elizabeth Shaffer
Amy Sharp
Jacqueline Shellhorn
Kathi Shepherd
Andrea Sherman
Stacey Shields
Lynn Shriver
Stephanie Sinclair
Rebecca Sindel
Elisabeth Singh
Kimberly Sloan
Callan Smith
Christal Smith
Jaclyn Smith
Lauren Smith
Misty Smith
Patricia Smith
Teressa Smith
Nicole Snodgrass
Sarah Soetaert
Noelle Soliday
Ashley Speck
Haley Spellerberg
Sharla Splittgerber
Kelly Stamps
Allie Staples
Emma Stark
Sharon Stimatze
Jessica Stockhorst
Liann Stogsdill
Ashley Stoneking
Melissa Storms
Brent Straley
Julia Streed
Carla Strobach
Elizabeth Stueve
Tember Stumpenhaus
Ashley Suddock
Margaret Sullivan
Gianna Swift
Azita Tafreshi
Lisa Tarbell
Jordan Tate
Julie Taylor
Julie Taylor
Lelani Taylor
Molly Terhune
Kristina Terrill
Jeanne Thomas
Lauren Thomas
Shelley Thomas
Amanda Tilton
Professional Development
Carolyn Pryor
Julia Pulcher, B
Quinonez, Terry L
Raetz, Allison M
Ragsdale, Kerri K
Randolph, Rebecca L
Jenna Reed
Theresa Reed
Mary Reid
Teresa Reilly
Aaron Rench
Jenifer Reno
Virginia Richard
Ellen Richards
Lyndsay Richardson
Ellen Richter
Amy Ricketts
Andrea Ritchey
Melissa Ritter
Brooke Roberts
Lorrissia Robertson
Katherine Roepke
Crystal Rollwagen
Johnna Rooney
Nicole Rose
Jessica Rosenberger
Pamela Ross
Carla Rossi
Katie Roth
Ashley Ruegsegger
Lisa Ruffini
Susan Rupf
Kathleen Russell
Alicia Ryan
Ashlee Ryan
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Carmen Tracy
Amy Trupiano
Ashley Tungett
Carrie Tyner
Claire Ulowetz
Jennifer Vacca
Suzanne Vap
Holly Vaughn
Nicole Violett
Amy Vorbeck
Melanie Wade
Amber Walker
Amanda Wallace
Deena Wallace
Leejae Wansing
Sarah Wareham
Bobbi Wathen
P J Wedgeworth
Elizabeth Welsh
Tracey Wetzel
Lacey Whisenant
Misty Whisenhunt
Megan White
Andrea Wignall
Amanda Williams
Jennifer Williams
Kim Williams
Kristen Williams
Veronica Williams
Rebekah Wilson
Sarah Wilson
Teresa Wilson
Yvonne Wilson
Casie Winscher
Jennifer Wolf
Marie Woltering
Stacey Wood
Tracy Woodman
Michaela Wright
Cassie Yano
Jessica Young
Michele Young
Victoria Zadoyan
Lisa Zeffiro
Kelli Zuckerman
Lindsay Zumbrunn
RN III
Katherine Anderson
Tracy Anderson
Brenda Anderson-Bell
Danielle Antes
Marian Ascheman
April Assee
Linda Atchison
Kristi Aufderheide
Catherine Ayres
Phyllis Baer
Kathlyn Baharaeen
Kathleen Bailey
Angela Baker
Lisa Baker
Carlye Bakian
Catherine Bandelier
Amanda Barber
Cynthia Barton
Karen Beaudet
Bryan Beaven
Amy Berry
Mark Besinger
Tonia Best
Jennifer Bitner
Tonya Blair
Sharon Blevins
Kathryn Boles
Penny Bopp
Lyndsey Borton
Katie Boyd
Kelly Bray
Phyllis Bredehoft
Monica Brooks
Jacqueline Brown
Jessica Brunsman
Kimberly Bulloc
Melissa Burghardt
Jayne Burns
Sarah Burr
Julie Bustamante
Mary Calcara
Francine Campbell
Teri Carpenter
Stacie Carrender
Martha Carter
Patricia Carver
Kelley Chapman
Jessica Charbonneau
Christine Claeys
Rachael Clark
Joyce Cline
Diane Cobler
Kristin Collis
April Connel
Julie Gawlak
Sarah Gebhards
Carol Genilo
Tricia Gentzler
Rebecca Gerke
Maggie Gibbs
Amanda Gilges
Sunny Gillen
Amie Glaves
Kristina Goin
Cheryl Grace
Kristine Grandin
Felicia Green
Rachel Greening
Evelyn Grist
Denise Grogan
Brenda Hankins
Marcella Harden-Preston
Romy Hayes
Rhonda Hennigh-Smith
Shekinah Hensley
Danette Hicks
Rachel Hindman
Tammy Hitt
Allison Hoffman
Elizabeth Hoffman
Kimberly Hoffman
Tiffanie Holland
Catherine Hoolehan
Barkley Hoover
Amanda Hopkins
Patricia Hopkins
Cynthia Hubbard
Gayla Huffman
Amber Hughes-Schalk
Brittney Hunter
Mary Hunter
Kelly Huntington
Cynthia Hutchings
Nicole Ingolia-Hale
Megan Jackson
Trudi Jackson
Wendy Jahner
Kristen Jarvis
Hannah Jenkins
Kimberly Jenkins
Kelly Jensen
Lindsay Jessee
Jenna Johnston
Kara Jones
Kelly Jones
Stephanie Jones
Vera Jones
Jennifer Joplin
Julie Jost
Allison Juneau
Robin Keene
Jill Kelley
Shannon Kellogg
Kristen Kerwin
Kelly King
Marilyn Kirn
Amber Kling
Angela Kneisly
Cynthia Knoelke
Lindsey Koebel
Blair Kopper
Jill Kreiling
Professional Development
Ami Cook
Lena Cox
Angela Cunningham
Deanna Curran
Mary Czuczejko
Patricia Dalton
Lindsay Davis
Pamela Davis
Kay Dehart
Mary Dietrich
Lanie Dolinar
Irene Dowler
Jowana Dye
Adrienne Edmonds
Sandra Ehlers
Lisa Ell
Christina Elliott
Jennifer Elliott
Noelle Endsley
Scott England
Brooke Enz
Melissa Everhart
Marianna Farino
Beth Feldhacker
Sylvia Fendler
Amy Findlay
Brecklyn Findley
Eve Finley
Tara Fitzpatrick
Pamela Flack
Shanna Foley
Autumn Fox
Deanna Fugitt
Kathryn Fulton
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Anne Kuhl
Trisha Kuhlman
Theresa Lady
Tina Lane
Beth Lang
Debra Layson
Laura Lehenbauer
Susan Leick
Michelle Lever
Ashley Lewis
Carrie Lewis
Cynthia Lewis
Patricia Light
Susan Loehr
Megan Longstreet
Sarah Lovejoy
Kelly Lynch
Noel Lynch
Jill Mady
Michelle Martin
Rachel Martin
Susan Martin
Margaret Martin-McLain
Daniel Marx
Dina Massengill
Joyce McCollum
Jayna McDaniel
Regina McDonald
Briann McDowell
Karen McFarland
Kimberly McGovern
Megan McGown
Patti McGrannahan
Melissa McGraw
Christine McHenry
Maria McMahon
Leslie Meador
Marla Michaels
Rebecca Miller
Linda Mills
Deborah Moll
Tina Moore
Catherine Morgan
Jannethe Morgan
China Mortell
Sara Mosbacher
Natalie Munger
Erryn Murphy
Carletta Murray
Janene Nalivaiko
Elizabeth Nasche
Deneane Neathery
Janette Nebel
Roxanne Nellor
Cassandra Nicholson
Jennifer Nordin
Christina Northington
Jana Nye
Dena Oertle
Jennifer O'Hara
Holly O'Hare
Linzi O'Laughlin
Ashley Orwick
Marcy Page
Jolene Palmer
Elicia Payne
Lana Payton
Emily Pearson
Kimberly Periman
Rolanda Peterson
Carla Phillips
Elizabeth Picone-Combs
Mary Ploehn
Camie Pontius
Anita Priefert
Amy Ramsey
Kristin Ray
Emily Reavey
Lindsay Reed
Elizabeth Reese
Lisa Rheuark
Lynee Rigdon
Oletha Riley
Kristy Ritz
Barbara Roberts
Kelli Royal
Cristy Rutter-Chu
Emily Ryan
Christine Salzman
Linda Schieber
Jennifer Schlotzhauer
Kalee Schooley
Margaret Schultz
Amy Scott
Hope Scott
Melissa Scudiero
Lori Shank
Rox-Ann Shaughnessy
Michele Sherlock
Jennifer Shoemaker
Derek Shroyer
Kerry Shutt
Erin Todd
Lana Todd
Michelle Toppass
Lena Towler
Janice Trauernicht
Marianne Truman
Sara Tulyasathien
Noreen Turek
Jamie Turk
Margery Turner
Aimee Uher
Michelle Waddell
Lisa Wagenknecht
Mara Wallace
Micah Wallace
Kellie Westhoff
Andrea White
Leah White
Dianne Wilderson
Johanna Wiley
Kaylene Wiley
Linda Williams
Maria Williams
Laura Wilson
Jennifer Winchester
Jodie Winfrey
Amanda Woldruff
Jennifer Wooster
Sabrina Yasso
Anne Young
Melanie Yourdon
RN IV
Lynn Anson
Jacqulin Ashbaugh
Deborah Ayers
Mary Brooker
Paula Capel
Linda Carriker
Stephanie Carter
Jean Crumrine-Brauer
Kari Davidson
Jennifer Doring
Lisa Dryer
Georgianna Ely
Kathleen Glatt
Christina Gutierrez
Julie Harris
Armistice Holcomb
Helen Huff
Nancy Huppe
Sheila Jimenez
Kelly Johnson
Kerri Kuntz
Linda Martin
Audrey McCullough
Holly McFarland
Michelle Meyer
Heather Miles
Lori Miller
Linda Moenkhoff
Karen Murray
Stacy Pennington
Janice Phelps
Janice Poull
Patricia Rehg
Professional Development
Jeri Sidden
Kelli Siebel
Laura Sifers
Bridgette Silvers
Patricia Simmons
Priscilla Singer
Lindsay Sizemore
Mary Slatten
Megan Sloan
Amber Smith
Angela Smith
Cheryl Smith
Eric Smith
Janet Smith
Kristine Smith
Sharyl Smith
Jayla Stevens
Irma Stillwell
Tina Stoll
Donna Stroud
Danica Stull
Joanna Stusse
Diana Suarez
Kristen Suszek-Williams
Lindsey Sutanto
Laura Sutherland
Nancy Sveom
Mary Svoboda
Mary Sweeney
Brenda Taylor
Debra Taylor
Myrna Taylor
Stefani Thomason
Brenda Thompson
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Kristy Reynolds
Marla Row
Kelly Scannell
Roberta Schomburg
Julanne Seefeldt
Dedra Serda
Charlotte Smardo
RN V
Julie Thorne
ADVANCE 2012
RN II
Amanda Abbott
Brett Adams
Shermineh Adib
Margaret Allenbrand
Kyla Alsman
Deborah Amaro
Christine Anderson
Jennifer Anderson
Katie Andruska
Audra Antes
Danielle Antes
Melissa Armanees
Linda Atchison
Brittney Atwood
Traci Atzenweiler
Amy Avant
Leandra Awad
Lauren Baalman
Kathleen Bailey
Jennifer Baker
Jeanne Bangert
Elizabeth Bangerter
Josephine Barba
Kim Barbee
Lindsay Barrow
Katie Bartmann
Camille Bass
Shelli Baum
Ashley Bean
Alexis Bechtel
Emily Beck
Caylin Beebe
Marissa Beidelschies
Stephanie Bell
Cynthia Belt
Dawn Bennett
Wendy Bennett
Kellie Berglund
Lauren Besse
Lindsay Billinger
Tara Billings
Sarah Birkenholz
Jennifer Bitner
Emily Black
Debbie Blocker
Betsy Boehner
Kathryn Boles
Noreen Bollinger
Pamela Bolton
Teresa Bontrager
Lyndsey Borton
Michelle Boswell
Aimee Boudreaux
Kayla Brand
Shelly Brantner
Jill Braune
Lisa Brigandi
Stephanie Brightman
Eva Briscoe
Lisa Broce
Nichole Brouse
Janice Brown
Julie Bryan
Nicole Burcham
Audrey Bureman
Pamela Burgard
Sarah Burkhart
Nancy Cain
Stephanie Callis
Brenda Campbell
Aaron Cantrell
Jennifer Carter
Kristen Carter
Andrea Carver
Amanda Cavlovich
Kelly Celaya
Yua Cha
Samantha Chestnut
Rachel Christie
Chelcia Claar
Heather Clark
Mary Clayton
Mica Clifton
Brian Cline
Doris Coleman
Jessica Collins
Kristin Collis
Stephanie Collop
Maribeth Colombo
Janet Dykes
Paula Edrington
Justine Edwards
Kathryn Edwards
Gentry Ehlert
Nicole Eldridge
Katie Elkins
Jasma Ellis
Elizabeth Emerson
Lauren Emery
Sarah English
Seval Erdogan
Andrea Erickson
Shannon Eskijian
Janis Fakoury
Kristen Farrell
Ashley Fase
Jim Fasenmyer
Rebecca Felix
Brecklyn Findley
Valerie Finley
Donna Flamez
Chelsea Ford
Hannah Ford
Jaclyn Ford
Kimberly Frank
Stephanie Franke
Kourtney Frederes
Sarah Freund
Carly Frewin
Mary Fuemmeler
Kathryn Fulton
Kyla Galate
Jessica Garden
Billy Gardner
Tracie Gardner
Michelle Garner
Abbey Gatoff
Lenny Gaulke
Tracy Geier
Ryan Gentry
Sarah Gerard
Julie Geren
Bridget Gharst
Shelby Gill
Sunny Gillen
Megan Gillihan
Mary Gilroy
Tina Gimbert
Maria Ginger-Wiley
Holly Godshall
Molly Gotobed
Suzanne Gough
Christina Graskemper
Lisa Green
Shannon Green
Christy Gudenkauf
Maureen Guignon
Mindilu Gulley
Patrice Guthrie
Mary Haggerty
Dustin Hahn
Kristen Hale
Amy Hall
Christina Hall
Krista Hall
Bini Hamilton
Amanda Hanna
Professional Development
Ann Cooper
Megan Cope
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Anne Craig
Miriam Crandall
Anjela Crosby
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Joanna Dale
Stephanie Daniels
Debra Davidson
Joan Davidson
Ashley Davis
Sandra Davis
Christin Dealy
Jennifer Deever
David Deines
Kallie DeKock
Deanna Dennis
Laura Deshon
Kimberly Dickerson
Kimberly Didlo
Marina Dierenfeldt
Cindy Diggs
Jill Dinkel
Caroline DiSalvo
Kelli Docman
Lanie Dolinar
Khrystina Dollmann
Christine Douglas
Shannon Downing
Jennifer Dremann
Erika Dunbar
Morgin Dunleavy
Kristi Dye
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Diane Hardesty
Tammy Harmon
Sarah Harris
Jamie Hart
Michelle Hart
Cathaleen Hartsock
Rachel Hasenkamp
Courtney Hatcher
Kathleen Hausthor
Sally Hayson
Vicki Headley
Marilyn Hedges
Cindy Hedrick
Holly Heffley
Kathleen Henderson
Mickeal Henderson
Suzanne Henley
Kerry Hennessy-Davidson
Georgina Hernandez
Danette Hicks
Sherry Hicks
Maureen Higbie
Lori Hillman
Colette Hines
Jennifer Hinkin
Elizabeth Hinkle
Kristy Hirt
Tamara Hoeppner
Lisa Holden
Tiffanie Holland
Jennifer Hope
Amanda Hopkins
Kerri Hopkins
Kathleen Hortenstine
Shanda Hoss
Lynn Howard
Amy Huffman
Deanna Huffman
Jenifer Hultgren
Robyn Hunsley
Jennifer Hunt
Kristina Hunt
Tracie Hurst
Caitlin Iliff
Nicole Ingolia-Hale
Sarah Irick
Debra Jackson
Mary Jackson
Veronica Jacobs
Michelle Janes
Nicole Jaramillo
Shelly Jennings
Ann Johannes
Amber Johnson
Gabrielle Johnson
Lisa Johnson
Mary Johnson
Stacey Johnson
Melissa Jones
Pamela Jones
Rebecca Jones
Tamla Jones
Jayme Kagarice
Andrea Kaminsky
Lisa Keeter
Coreen Kehrwald
Kimberly Keithley
Charla Kelley
Jennie Kensinger
Beth Kent
Crystal Kent
Robin Kenyon
Kara Kice
Julie Kincheloe
Kara King
Stephanie King
Tyler Kirby
Theresa Kirkpatrick
Aimee Kish
Angela Kneisly
Jenifer Knepper
Turner Knifong
Shari Knoth
Renee Koch
Brenda Kotar
Amanda Kraft
Michele Kraly
Vicky Kramer
Jennifer Kurasz
Megan Lacy
Tina Lane
Julie Lang
Angela Lee
Christina Lehman
Tessa Leiber
Aimee Lenhausen
Anne Leroy
Darla Levine
Nakita Lewis
Kristi Lindsay
Scott Linz
Julie Locascio
Gregory Locker
Corey Long
Stacy Long
Alexis Miller
Lori Miller
Rebecca Miller
Rachael Millsap
Lauren Mitchell
Erica Monaco
John Moore
Verna Morris
Katherine Morrissey
Kristen Mroczka
Anna Mueller
Barbara Mueller
Shelley Mueller
Tiffany Mullen
Mary Mullin
Elizabeth Mulvaney
Natalie Munger
Anna Murray
Sarah Murray
Therese Murray
Jessica Nachtsheim
Christina Nelson
Coleen Nelson
Emily Nelson
Tabitha Nelson
Tracie Newell
Rachel Newport
Jessica Nichols
Janet Nickum
Cortney Niedringhaus
Meredith Nolen
Paola Noll
Dixie Norris
Jana Nye
Jill O'Dell
Dena Oertle
Jennifer Oliver
Diana Olson
Deanna Orwig
Stephanie Otis
Pamela Otterstedt
Catherine Overfelt
Marcy Page
Sarah Palermo
Christine Palomba
Susan Parish
Allison Parker
Veronica Parker
Kayla Parkhurst
Laura Parks
Katie Parrish
Stephanie Patterson
Emily Pearson
Amy Pence
Amy Perry
Sarah Pettengill
Alicia Phillips
Keri Phillips
Kris Phillips
Jessica Pinkerton
Jane Piper
Daniela Pirvu
Camie Pontius
Lisa Post-Jones
Connie Potts
Cindy Powers
Michelle Price
Melissa Prickett
Rochelle Priebe
Professional Development
Donna Lucas
Rhonda Luster
Tennille Luthi
Lindsay Lyles
Amanda Lyman
Kelly Lynch
Bernadette Maddock
Jill Mady
Kara Manning
Marsha Maples
Kimberly Marriott
Melissa Martin
Sarah Mashburn
Kristen Mason
Christin Mayfield
Tera McBride
Ugne McBride
Ashley McCann
Sherry McCart
Richard Mccomas
Carla McCoy
Regina McDonald
Marlys McGee
Janet McGovern
Tammy Mcintire
Aja McLemore
Angelique Mcmenemy
Sarah Mead
Jennifer Meade
Jamie Menown
Jesse Merino
Jennifer Merz
Angelynn Mescher
Christina Methner
Andrea Middleton
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Carolyn Pryor
Julia Pulcher
Amy Pulliam
Hilary Rabbitt
Kerri Ragsdale
Amy Ramsey
Michelle Read
Jenna Reed
Theresa Reed
Wendy Reeves
Teresa Reilly
Aaron Rench
Jenifer Reno
Mackenzie Reynolds
Ellen Richards
Lyndsay Richardson
Lynee Rigdon
Melissa Riggs
Kristy Ritz
Angie Robbins
Daniel Roberson
Lorrissia Robertson
Amy Robinson
Katherine Roepke
Crystal Rollwagen
Allison Ronco
Jessica Rosenberger
Katrina Ross
Pamela Ross
Carla Rossi
Robbin Roustic
Janette Rowe
Ashley Ruegsegger
Lisa Ruffini
Susan Rupf
Tara Russell
Alicia Ryan
Ashlee Ryan
Tammy Saluto
Catherine San Pablo
Julie Sarowski
Shea Scanlon
Jennifer Schlotzhauer
Jennifer Schmidt
Stacy Schmidtlein
Katie Schmuke
Mary Schneck
Susan Schuler
Rachel Schulz
Lindsay Schweitzer
Brandie Schwindler
Laura Scott
Nicole Sears
Sarah See
David Seefeldt
Angela Seif
Amber Serrano
Joyce Sexton
Lynnsey Shade
Heather Shafer
Elizabeth Shaffer
Amy Sharp
Jessie Sheaks
Jacqueline Shellhorn
Kathi Shepherd
Andrea Sherman
Jaime Sherwood
Tia Shomber
Lynn Shriver
Julie Siebenmorgen
Emily Simpson
Amy Sloan
Kimberly Sloan
Chelsea Smith
Christal Smith
Hillary Smith
Jaclyn Smith
Misty Smith
Patricia Smith
Nicole Snodgrass
Brenda Snyder
Noelle Soliday
Sharla Splittgerber
Kelly Stamps
Emma Stark
Liann Stogsdill
Ashley Stoneking
PJ Strack
Brent Straley
Julia Streed
Angela Street
Carla Strobach
Tember Stumpenhaus
Ashley Suddock
Dolores Suenram
Margaret Sullivan
Azita Tafreshi
Paresa Tafreshi
Jordan Tate
Julie Taylor
Lelani Taylor
Molly Terhune
Andrea Wignall
Elishua Williams
Katherine Williams
Mary Williams
Veronica Williams
Jill Wilson
Sarah Wilson
Teresa Wilson
Jennifer Wolf
Marie Woltering
Stacey Wood
Tracy Woodman
Cassie Yano
Rebecca Yord
Michele Young
Jayne Yunghans
Lisa Zeffiro
RN III
Melissa Abele
Mary Allinder
Katherine Anderson
Tracy Anderson
Brenda Anderson-Bell
Jacqulin Ashbaugh
April Assee
Kristi Aufderheide
Catherine Ayres
Phyllis Baer
Jeanette Baez
Kathlyn Baharaeen
Angela Baker
Lisa Baker
Catherine Bandelier
Cynthia Barton
Bryan Beaven
Courtney Beck
Priscilla Bell
Shannon Bernal
Amy Berry
Mark Besinger
Tonia Best
Sharon Blevins
Penny Bopp
Katie Boyd
Kelly Bray
Phyllis Bredehoft
Jacqueline Brown
Jessica Brunsman
Kelly Brush
Kimberly Bulloc
Melissa Burghardt
Jayne Burns
Julie Bustamante
Abigail Butler
Mary Calcara
Francine Campbell
Lisa Carmony
Stacie Carrender
Nichole Carroll
Martha Carter
Patricia Carver
Kelley Chapman
Christine Claeys
Rachael Clark
Nicolette Clifford
Joyce Cline
Diane Cobler
Professional Development
Jeanne Thomas
Lauren Thomas
Shelley Thomas
Jeri Thompson
Carmen Tracy
Rebecca Tripp
Amy Trupiano
Lachelle Turner
Meghan Turner
Jennifer Vacca
Rebecca Van Tol
Laurie Vanauken
Nicole Violett
Alyson Voigt
Amy Vorbeck
Melanie Wade
Amber Walker
Deena Wallace
Sarah Wallace
Lauren Walter
Leejae Wansing
Sarah Wareham
Rachel Warner
Amber Wates
Bobbi Wathen
Megan Watt
Allie Wayne
Mara Webber
Jennifer Weigel
Laurie Wells
Elizabeth Welsh
Tracey Wetzel
Rachael Whalen
Angela Wiedner
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Elizabeth Coffer
Gayleene Colgan
Ami Cook
Candace Coward
Lena Cox
Michelle Cox
Michaela Cronkhite
Angela Cunningham
Deanna Curran
Annalise Daly
Lindsay Davis
Mary Dietrich
Merna Dowler
Jowana Dye
Rebekah Ebert
Sandra Ehlers
Christina Elliott
Georgianna Ely
Noelle Endsley
Scott England
Melissa Everhart
Brianne Fallon
Marianna Farino
Beth Feldhacker
Sylvia Fendler
Amy Findlay
Eve Finley
Tara Fitzpatrick
Pamela Flack
Kathleen Fletcher
Autumn Fox
Stacey Frisbie
Amy Frost
Julie Gawlak
Sarah Gebhards
Carol Genilo
Tricia Gentzler
Rebecca Gerke
Maggie Gibbs
Amanda Gilges
Amy Gordee
Cheryl Grace
Kristine Grandin
Jolene Granfors
Rachel Greening
Evelyn Grist
Denise Grogan
Christa Gulick
Rosalia Gutierrez
Emily Haith
Brenda Hankins
Amy Harmon
Romy Hayes
Rhonda Hennigh-Smith
Mary Hensley
Shekinah Hensley
Allison Hoffman
Elizabeth Hoffman
Kimberly Hoffman
Catherine Hoolehan
Patricia Hopkins
Cynthia Hubbard
Brittney Hunter
Kelly Huntington
Nancy Huppe
Nicole Hutcheson
Amy Imafidon
Megan Jackson
Melissa Jackson
Trudi Jackson
Wendy Jahner
Hannah Jenkins
Kimberly Jenkins
Kelli Jenkinson
Carrie Jennewein
Kelly Jensen
Lindsay Jessee
Sheila Jimenez
Lindsey Johnson
Kara Jones
Kelly Jones
Stephanie Jones
Vera Jones
Jennifer Joplin
Julie Jost
Allison Juneau
Robin Keene
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Shannon Kellogg
Haley Kendall
Kristen Kerwin
Kelly King
Cynthia Knoelke
Meredith Kopp
Blair Kopper
Laura Kozlowski
Jill Kreiling
Anne Kuhl
Theresa Lady
BethLang
Debra Layson
Laura Lehenbauer
Catherine Morgan
Jannethe Morgan
China Mortell
Sara Mosbacher
Rita Mulleedy
Erryn Murphy
Carletta Murray
Janene Nalivaiko
Elizabeth Nasche
Deneane Neathery
Janette Nebel
Roxanne Nellor
Cassandra Nicholson
Jennifer Nordin
Ashley Orwick
Betty Owen
Jolene Palmer
Elicia Payne
Lana Payton
Teresa Pemberton
Kimberly Periman
Rolanda Peterson
Carla Phillips
Elizabeth Picone-Combs
Mary Ploehn
Janice Poull
Lisa Pruitt
Allison Raetz
Emily Reavey
Aimee Reed
Shana Reed
Patricia Rehg
Alicia Retter
Virginia Richard
Amy Ricketts
Oletha Riley
Barbara Roberts
Jamie Rogers
Beth Roher
Katie Roth
Kelli Royal
Kathleen Russell
Emily Ryan
Christine Salzman
Linda Schieber
Kalee Schooley
Margaret Schultz
Amy Scott
Debra Scott
Hope Scott
Kristen Scott
Melissa Scudiero
Rox-Ann Shaughnessy
Jennifer Shoemaker
Derek Shroyer
Jeri Sidden
Kelli Siebel
Laura Sifers
Bridgette Silvers
Patricia Simmons
Stephanie Sinclair
Lindsay Sizemore
Kimberly Skelly
Mary Slatten
Megan Sloan
Charlotte Smardo
Angela Smith
Cheryl Smith
Eric Smith
Kristine Smith
Professional Development
Michelle Lever
Carrie Lewis
Cynthia Lewis
Patricia Light
Michelle Likes
Monica Lindsey
Megan Longstreet
Sarah Lovejoy
Noel Lynch
Kelly Malmstrom
Beth Maney
Michelle Martin
Rachel Martin
Susan Martin
Margaret Martin-McLain
Dina Massengill
Rebecca McCall
Joyce McCollum
Briann McDowell
Holly McFarland
Karen McFarland
Megan McGown
Patti McGrannahan
Melissa McGraw
Maria McMahon
Leslie Meador
Marla Michaels
Joleene Miller
Rebecca Miller
Linda Mills
Michele Mills
Deborah Moll
Sarah Monteer
Brandy Moody
Tina Moore
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Sharyl Smith
Stacy Smith
Teressa Smith
Sarah Soetaert
Ashley Speck
Jayla Stevens
Irma Stillwell
Tina Stoll
Donna Stroud
Danica Stull
Joanna Stusse
Diana Suarez
Kristen Suszek-Williams
Lindsey Sutanto
Laura Sutherland
Nancy Sveom
Mary Svoboda
Mary Sweeney,
Amanda Symons
Brenda Taylor
Debra Taylor
Stefani Thomason
Brenda Thompson
Amanda Tilton
Erin Todd
Lana Todd
Michelle Toppass
Lena Towler
Janice Trauernicht
Marianne Truman
Ashley Tungett
Noreen Turek
Jamie Turk
Carrie Tyner
Holly Vaughn
Lisa Wagenknecht
Courtney Wellman
Kellie Westhoff
Lacey Whisenant
Misty Whisenhunt
Andrea White
Lindsay Wichman
Johanna Wiley
Linda Williams
Maria Williams
Laura Wilson
Rebekah Wilson
Jennifer Winchester
Jodie Winfrey
Tammie Wingert
Amanda Woldruff
Jennifer Wooster
Anne Young
Jessica Young
Melanie Yourdon
RN IV
Lynn Anson
Marian Ascheman
Deborah Ayers
Tonya Blair
Mary Brooker
Sarah Burr
Paula Capel
Teri Carpenter
Stephanie Carter
Jessica Charbonneau
April Connel
Jean Crumrine-Brauer
Patricia Dalton
Kari Davidson
Julie Dishman
Lisa Dryer
Adrienne Edmonds
Lisa Ell
Brooke Enz
Deanna Fugitt
Kathleen Glatt
Amie Glaves
Felicia Green
Christina Gutierrez
Julie Harris
Armistice Holcomb
Helen Huff
Gayla Huffman
Amber Hughes-Schalk
Kristen Jarvis
Kelly Johnson
Kerri Kuntz
Susan Leick
Linda Martin
Audrey McCullough
Heather Miles
Karen Murray
Christina Northington
Stacy Pennington
Anita Priefert
Kristy Reynolds
Marla Row
Kelly Scannell
Roberta Schomburg
Dedra Serda
RN V
Michelle Meyer
Julanne Seefeldt
Professional Development
Myrna Taylor
Dianne Wilderson
Kaylene Wiley
Sabrina Yasso
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Statistics
2012 Hospital Statistics
Admissions
13,395
Average Length of Stay (ALOS)
5.7
Average Daily Census
209.8
Patient Days
76,746
Outpatient Visits
315,402
Emergency/Urgent Care Visits
142,549
Surgical Procedures
19,144
Transports
3,871
Statistics
2012 Nursing Education
2012 Nursing Statistics
Total Number of Nurses
2,312
Associate Degrees
16.78%
Total Number of Clinical
Nurses
1,684
Diploma
3.83%
Bachelorís Degrees
59.14%
Masterís Degrees
19.4%
Doctoral Degrees
0.84%
Total Number of Advanced
Practice Nurses
267
Total Number of Certifications
1,428
Total Percentage of Eligible
Nurses Certified
64.13%
Turnover Rate
5.3%
153
Nursing
2401 Gillham Road | Kansas City, Missouri | 64108
In Academic Affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
AA/EOE

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