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Kate Loeffler, RN

The private nonprofit organization Community Health Care, in partnership with Seattle Pacific University, started a nurse practitioner residency in Tacoma, Wash. The first two residents in the program are Rebecca Bergren, RN, ARNP, and Kate Loeffler, RN, ARNP. Bergren has worked in ED and trauma nursing in Pierce County for 10 years. Loeffler has worked in neonatal intensive care nursing locally and abroad.

Walden University in Minneapolis named its Change-Maker Scholarship recipients, one of whom hails from Lake Forest, Calif. Lisa Chambers, RN, BSN, MPS, a former nursing education consultant at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh, received a $10,000 MSN scholarship Nov. 27 for making a positive difference in the life of a patient, healthcare organization or nursing practice. The scholarships reflect Walden’s social change mission and commitment to providing access to quality higher education.

The California Board of Registered Nursing appointed Louise Bailey, RN, MEd, as its executive officer. Bailey had been serving as interim executive officer since the board’s hiatus on Dec. 31, 2011.

The Hospital Association of Southern California named three nurses to its Hospital Heroes 2012 list. Laurie Biscaro, RN, was awarded for determining the reasons patients were chronic users of the ED by studying patients’ medical records. With the help of Sal Robledo, LCSW, she realized care coordination would help remedy chronic ED use and created patient-centered care plans for more than 400 children and more than 60 adults. By finding medical homes for these patients, they reduced overuse of the ED at Santa Barbara (Calif.) Cottage Hospital by 81% and saved more than $1.5 million. At Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, Calif., John Morris, RN, founded a home overseas for more than 100 orphans. While on a two-year assignment as a volunteer ICU clinical instructor in Ghana, he and his wife were struck by the needs of the people, so they stayed for 10 years. Jared Axon, RN, of Henry Mayo Newhall Medical Center in Valencia, Calif., was recognized for singing to his patients. Patients often request his songs.

Mesilla Valley Hospice night on-call nurse Monique Bruce, RN, earned the La Verne Fincher Hospice Nurse of the Year award for New Mexico for 2012. Bruce created Camp Purple Parachute, a weekend overnight camp for grieving children and teens.

Kate Wentworth Thomas, RN, CCRN, received the March of Dimes Critical Care Nurse of the Year for Oregon. Thomas is a critical response nurse and ICU nurse for Meridian Park Medical Center in Portland and the educational coordinator for the Greater Portland Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

The California State Council of the Emergency Nurses Association named Judith A. Scott, RN, BSN, MPH, a fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing. Scott was inducted in September at the annual General and Scientific Assembly. She spent her clinical years as a staff nurse and ED clinical nurse before becoming involved in disaster management. She worked on two grants for the Emergency Medical Services Administration involving creation of the Hospital Incident Command System and the OES Region IV Plan. The plan produced guideline management during multicasualty incidents, the dispersal of patients and mutual aid for assistance when needed. After retiring from clinical work in the 1990s, Scott became the OES Region IV Regional Disaster Medical Health supervisor to teach disaster management to hospitals.


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