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Wyoming Medical Center Nurses Honored

01/01/2006 - Seven Wyoming Medical Center nurses were honored during the First March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award Celebration. "We used the evening to recognize nurses from across Wyoming whose leadership and contributions have made a significant impact on their community and to the profession of nursing," said Chief Operating Officer Vickie Diamond who chaired the Nurse of the Year Executive Committee.

Phyllis Schultz, Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year

Phyllis graduated from Casper College in 1977. She has been a staff nurse, charge nurse, childbirth educator, professional development specialist, coordinator of the hospital's car seat rental program, member of the Safe Kids of Central Wyoming coalition, along with many women's and children's services.

Deborah Barella, Ambulatory Nurse of the Year

Deborah is passionate about improving nursing, both on the unit and within the organization. She is co-chair of the Professional Practice Council, chair of the unit council and an active member of the Patient/Family Education Committee. On a personal note, she worked at Mini Mart while supporting her five children and attending Casper College to fulfill her dream of becoming an RN.

Cheryl Graff, Case/Quality Management Nurse of the Year

Cheryl has served as the Coordinator of Women's Services at WMC since 1995. She is responsible for the coordination of staff and education activities. Cheryl is active in grant identification, writing and administration, leveraging grant dollars and manpower for special projects. She also collaborates with the Wyoming March of Dimes Walk America.

Jenea Goddard, Critical Care Nurse of the Year

Jenea displays excellence in leadership by serving as chair of the unit council in ICU. She was involved in the grassroots development of creating shared governance and serves on the Chief Magnet Officer (CMO) group at WMC and is integral in promoting the pursuit of magnet status at the hospital.

Karen Dutton, Emergency Nurse of the Year

Karen was instrumental in bringing the Emergency Nurses Association's Trauma Nurse Core Course to Wyoming, traveling the state teaching the course to Emergency Department nurses. Karen was instrumental in establishing our Wyoming Life Flight service and today acts as charge nurse, preceptor, educator and mentor to new staff.

Terry Brown, General Medical/ Surgical Nurse of the Year

Upon graduating from Casper College in 2000, Terry began her career on the Medical Unit. Her kind, quiet, empathetic and compassionate demeanor is evidenced in every interaction she has, regardless of the situation. She has the innate ability to make everyone around her feel cared for, listened to and respected."

Jan Backus, Nursing Management Nurse of the Year

Jan leads the nursing division in a proactive and visionary manner which is greatly recognized and respected throughout the organization. Known for her wisdom, knowledge base, ability to problem-solve and effectively communicate, Jan is actively involved in committees and work groups at all levels, only making decisions that affect the patient's best interest.

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