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Luke Air Force Base RN receives Nurse.com national GEM award

Friday January 31, 2014
Eileen Williamson, RN, Nurse.com senior vice president and CNE, left, presented the 2013 Nurse.com national award in the category of Patient and Staff Management to Maj. Betty A. Venth, RN, flight commander, family health, 56th Medical Group, Luke Air Force Base, at the Dec. 19 ceremony.
Eileen Williamson, RN, Nurse.com senior vice president and CNE, left, presented the 2013 Nurse.com national award in the category of Patient and Staff Management to Maj. Betty A. Venth, RN, flight commander, family health, 56th Medical Group, Luke Air Force Base, at the Dec. 19 ceremony.
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With more than 100 officers, colleagues, staff, friends and family in attendance, Maj. Betty A. Venth, RN, MSN, BC, flight commander, family health, 56th Medical Group, received a 2013 Nurse.com national award during a GEM congratulatory ceremony and reception at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. Eileen Williamson, RN, MSN, Nurse.com senior vice president and CNE, presented the award to Venth at the Dec.19 ceremony.

“When I called Betty to tell her she had been named the national Nurse.com GEM Award winner in the category of Patient and Staff Management, she said, ‘I am quite surprised to tell you the truth, and I feel honored to be recognized for working in this unique setting and specialty.’ And there is no question that the U.S. Air Force is equally honored to have Betty,” said Williamson, who surprised Venth with an engraved crystal GEM award and a framed Nurse.com cover featuring her as a nursing excellence winner in the Patient and Staff Management category.


Expressing their admiration for Venth’s clinical expertise and unwavering commitment are, from left, Maj. Heidi Wilson, RN, nurse manager; Capt. Sharlott Uriarte, RN, director of education and training; Lt. Col. Sadina Brecheisen-Beach, RN,, chief nurse executive; and Capt. Sarah Bittiker, RN, clinical nurse.
Colleagues offer kudos

Williamson also presented Lt. Col. Sadina Brecheisen-Beach, RN, MSN, chief nurse executive, 56th Medical Group, with a hospital plaque recognizing the base as one that can boast a Nurse.com GEM national winner.

Col. Jeremy T. Sloane, vice commander, 56th Fighter Wing, was an honored guest at the ceremony, and Brecheisen-Beach presided over the event.

Col. Yolanda D. Bledsoe, RN, BSN, MSEd, NE-BC, commander, 56th Medical Group, praised Venth for her exceptional clinical expertise, dedication and committed leadership. Maj. Heidi Wilson, RN-BC, BSN, CCRN, nurse manager, Capt. Sharlott Uriarte, RN, BSN, CMSRN, director of education and training, and Capt. Sarah Bittiker, RN, BSN, CMSRN, clinical nurse, expressed their admiration for Venth’sintegrity and unwavering support and mentorship.

“She puts forth her best in whatever she does. She is committed to doing everything right, and she is an exceptional nurse, leader and person,” Uriarte said.

With heartfelt emotion, Venth expressed her gratitude to her family and colleagues, praising her colleagues for “the outstanding care they give to the patients we serve. It is the foundation for this award, and I accept it on everyone’s behalf.”

Venth manages more than 19,000 patients and a staff that includes nurses, physicians and technicians.

According to her nominator Col. Carol B. Andrews, RN-C, BSN, MS, PhD, CCP, recently retired and former CNO, 56th Medical Group, Venth does a magnificent job in handling patient care and staff situations with compassion and caring. Said to be someone who looks at processes and procedures to find ways to improve efficiency and outcomes, her abilities to multitask and engage staff in decision-making are exemplary.


Eileen Williamson, RN, Nurse.com senior vice president and CNE, left, presented Lt. Col. Sadina Brecheisen-Beach, RN, chief nurse executive, and Maj. Betty A. Venth, RN, flight commander, with a hospital plaque recognizing the base as one that can boast a Nurse.com GEM national winner.
Managing and mentoring

Sharing excerpts from the nomination, Williamson said Venth’s ability to manage change is noteworthy, adding that she has completed process-improvement studies in the clinics that have resulted in team continuity and heightened patient satisfaction. Venth was part of the development of a management tool to track weekly appointments and to ensure that appointments and provider availability were meeting the patient demand. She also helped develop and implement a transition-to-practice mentoring program, promotes interdisciplinary, collegial working relationships throughout the entire Medical Group, and does an outstanding job working in all of the clinical areas, just to name a few of her achievements.

“Betty is a most worthy recipient, and one who is respected and admired for all that she has accomplished in her outstanding career. I am honored to be here to officially name her as one of our 2013 national winners,” Williamson said.


Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, MSN, is nurse editor/nurse executive. Post a comment below or email editorWest@nurse.com.