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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital celebrates Certified Nurses Day

O’FALLON – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is celebrating Certified Nurses Day today, March 19, by honoring 58 board certified nurses who care for patients in departments across the hospital.

hshsstelizabethslogoThe following nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care:

Care Coordination
Ann Cannaday, CHPN
Paula Elliott, ACM
Pamela Erwin-Tijerina, CLNC
Angela Libell, BC

Critical Care Unit
Rachel Dulaney, CCRN
Carla Grandcolas, CCRN
Cassie Overturf, CCRN
Pennie Pavlisin, CMSRN
Rachel Pelato, CMSRN
JoAnn Wittenauer, CCRN

Cath Lab
Colleen Albrecht, CEN, CCCC

Education Services
Peggy Boron, RNC-OB
Angela Gilbreth, CLS
Julie Gordon, CCRN-K

Emergency Department
Kristina Bloomfield, CEN
Adam Courtial, CEN
Liz Nonn, CEN

Infusion Services
Sharon Haege, CRNI, ONC
Debbie Milburn, ONC

Medical/Surgical Unit
Donna Mathews, ONC
Joan Wegener, ONC

Nursing Administration
Beth Govero, CMSRN
Alison Tindall, SCRN, CLSSBB

Pre/Post Procedure Unit
Patty Foster, CCM
Angie Labadie, CPAN

Pain Management
Dana Jarvis, CMSRN

Kelly Brent, CPHQ
Carrie Erlinger, CPHQ, CLSSBB

Kristal Story, CCRN, CSC, CSRN

Risk Management
Heather Eherenman, CPHQ

Ellen Dobbs, CNOR
Elizabeth Ellet, CNOR
Tania Hardt, CNOR
Janice Heim, CNOR
Paul Lee, CNOR
Sharon Meister, CNOR
Joyce Neff, CNOR
Debra Owens, CNOR
Tara Riesenberger, CNOR
Melanie Smith, CNOR
Linda Sutterer, CNOR
Janet Toohey, CNOR
Amanda Warwick, CNOR

Telemetry “A”
Michelle Baez, OCN
Lora Mullen, PCCN

Telemetry “B”
Star Beattie, PCCN
Shaun Poddig, CMSRN

Sue Weber, CEN

Women & Infants
Brittany Baquet, C-EFM
Tasha Bean, CLC
Julie Brooks, CLC
Jennifer Cates, CLC
Mary Finley, CLC
Robin Hartman, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Marnie Lysaker, CLC
Cory Persons, CLC
Connie Thompson, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Sarah Winet, C-EFM, CLC

Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like health care in general has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.

“Certified Nurse’s Day allows us to formally recognize and celebrate the talent, passion and expertise our Registered Nurses bring to patient care delivery at our facility,” notes Chief Nursing Officer Beth Govero, DNP, RN, CMSRN. “St. Elizabeth’s is blessed with at team committed to the pursuit of specialty certification. This excellence promotes our Mission and Core Values throughout our Franciscan health care ministry.”

St. Elizabeth’s encourages national board certification for all its nurses. Patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit a hospital or their primary care provider. There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification or the National Organization for Competence Assurance, or both.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has several openings at the hospital for registered nurses with a wide variety of experience. Visit
for the current list of open positions.

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.

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