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Association names Sutter employee Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year

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Brenda McCulloch, RN, MSN, RCIS, CNS, of Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., was named the Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. McCulloch, a cardiovascular CNS in the catheterization lab, received her award March 8 during the association’s annual meeting in San Antonio.

Her nomination was submitted by catheterization lab staff who value her work. Her main nominators were Siobhan Geary, RN, CNS, and Tom Rhodes, RN, director of the catheterization lab.

“I nominated Brenda for CNS of the Year because her passion, dedication and expertise have made a tremendous impact on the care of patients, the knowledge competency of staff and visibility of the role of the CNS in our community,” Siobhan said in a news release.

McCulloch sits on quality committees and was instrumental in implementing “Code STEMI,” which brought departments together to make sure cardiac arrest patients receive efficient care. She also led the ventricle assist device program, the implantation of the transcatheter aortic valve replacement program and has done extensive work for Sutter’s CNS Council.

“Receiving the award of Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year from the National Association of Clinical Nurses Specialists is an amazing honor,” McCulloch said in a news release. “I am extremely fortunate to have a job that I refer to as the ‘best job in the world’ and work with groups of people who are all highly committed to excellence in all that we do for our patients and their families.”

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