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Riverside Healthcare Celebrates Certified Nurses Day

Over 140 Certified Nurses Honored

Riverside Healthcare will celebrate Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by honoring its board certified nurses. The following nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care:

Dana Arseneau, RN, TCRN, Emergency Department

Diane Ashline, MSN, RN, CCRN, Nursing Administration

Abigail Banter, BSN, RN, RNC-OB, Labor & Delivery

Julie Bayless, BSN, RN, RN-BC, EPIC

Paula Blair, MSN, RN, CNP, FastCare

Lisa Bodemer, RN, WCC, Home Health

Sarah Bojak, RN, CNP, Dwight Immediate Care

Brad Boswell, RN, CRRN, 4thRehabilitation

Kathryn Boudreau, RN, CCRN, ICU

Martha Bouk, BSN, RN, CIC, Quality Improvement

Lorraine Brach, MSN, RN, CEFM, RNC-OB, LCCE, Labor & Delivery

Lori-Ann Bruer, MSN, RN, PMHN, Senior Behavioral Health

Heather Buck, BSN, RN, CURN, Risk Services

Patricia Bukowski, MSN, RN, OCN, Cancer Institute

Barbara Bunton, RN, CNP, Coal City

Amanda Cadle, RNC-OB, Clinical Resource Management

Vanessa Capps, RN, CNP, Pembroke Clinic

Rick Carlson, RN, CNP, RMG Internal Medicine

LaTivia Carr, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Nursing Administration

Kaitlain Cavender, RN, CNP, East Court CHC

Ashley Chappell, MSN, RN, CNS, Miller

Katie Charles, BSN, RN, CCRN, Outpatient Surgery

Karen Cherry, RN, CNOR, Miller

Lynn Christian, MSN, RN, CWWPM, Reach/Employee Wellness

Andrea Cinnamon, MSN, RN, RNC-MNN, Organizational Development & Learning

Diane Clatterbuck, BSN, RN, CEN, Emergency Department

Melinda Cockrell, MSN, RN, PMHN, Mental Health Unit

Alyssa Cogdal, BSN, RN, CMSRN, 5 Med/Surg

Dawn Corbin, BSN, RN, RNC-MNN, CLC, OB

Lori Cornelius, RN, CNP, Gilman Clinic

Jeff Coto, DNP, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN, Magnet Office

Sara Coyne, RN, CNP, RMG Women and Children

Cynthia Croyle, RN, CNP, Monee

Shawnna Cunning, PhD, MSN, RN, FNP, NEA-BC, CPPS, CCRN, Nursing Administration

Heather Davis, BSN, RN, CPN, 2 Med/Peds

Elizabeth Deck, DNP, RN, RMG Internal Medicine

Lauren Decker, BSN, RN-BC, Labor & Delivery

Liz DeLong, MSN, RN, CEN, Trauma/Emergency Preparedness

Barbara DeYoung, RN, CNP, Riverside Pulmonologists

Deborah Denham, MSN, RN, CPPS, CPHRM, Risk Services

Kathy Dietrich, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Nursery

Vicky Dolan, BSN, RN, CEN, Emergency Department

Jennifer Dole, MSN, RN, APN, CNS, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Wendy Dyer, RN, CNP, Coal City

Rachel Edwards, BSN, RN-BC, Wound Clinic

Jennifer Fitzer, RN, CNP, Manhattan Clinic

Ashton Forsythe, RN, CNP, Manhattan Clinic

Paula Franklin, RN, CBE, CLNC, Nursery

Kim Gaddis, BSN, RN, CBC, OB

Meghann Giarraputo, MSN, RN, CPPS, Senior Living

Terra Glass, RN, WCC, 4th Rehabilitation

Julianne Goudzwaard, RN, IBCLC, Nursery

Jackie Granger, RN, PCCN, 3 Tele

Carrie Greenley, BSN, RN, CEN, Emergency Department

Susan Gries, RN, PMHN-BC, Mental Health Specialty

Kaylene Hackman, BSN, RN, CMSRN, 5 Med/Surg

Barb Hamilton, CRRN, Clinical Resource Management

Shari Hammer, BSN, RN-BC, Senior Behavioral Health

Barbara Hartman, BSN, RN, OCN, Cancer Institute

Laura Healy, RN, CNP, Monee Clinic

Deanna Hegedus, RN, CHPN, 3 Tele

Angela Heldt, MSN, RN, CNP, CDE, Riverside Pulmonologists

Tammie Henderson, RN, CNP, East Court

Katan Hertzberg, MSN, RN, TCRN, CEN, CNL, Clinical Resource Management

Cynthia Hunt, BSN, RN, ACM, CPHM, Clinical Resource Management

Tenise Irvin, RNC-MNN, Nursery

Keyoma Jamerson, RN, CNP, East Court

Deborah Johnston, RN, PCCN, 3 Tele

Colleen Johnston, BSN, RN, CNOR, Operating Room

Nicole Jones, BSN, RN, OCN, Cancer Institute

Katie Kasper, RN, CNP, FastCare

Diana Kaufman, RN, CNP, RMG Cardiovascular Specialists

Jessica Kellett, MSN, RN, CNP, Riverside Neurology

Sheila Kirchner, RN, CNRN, 3rd Ortho/Neuro

Jill Kollman, BSN, RNC-MNN, Nursery

Eileen Krach, MSN, RN, ACM, Clinical Resource Management

Kim LaFlamme, RN, CCRN, Clinical Resource Management

Brenda Lamping, RN, CNP, Bourbonnais PCA

Chris Langellier, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL, Emergency Department

Rubi Lauvina, BSN, RN, CCRN

Deena Layton, MSN, RN, CPPS, Quality Improvement

Kaye Lemenager, BSN, RN, CRRN, Senior Behavioral Health

Bethani Lewis, BSN, RNC-LRN, CBC, CLC, Nursery

Lynn Lochner, RN, CNP, PCA Pavilion

Karriann Longtin, RN, PNP, East Court

Georgina Lopez, RN, CNP, FastCare

Beth Ludwig, MSN, CHFN, CCP, Complex Care Management

Gail Marich, RN, CNP, FastCare

Tina Martis, RN, IBCLC, Nursery

Melinda Mattox, RN, CPHQ, Quality Improvement

Diane McGrath, BSN, RN, CPN, 2 Med/Peds

Teresa McKissack, RNC-OB, Labor & Delivery

Mary Miernicki, RN, ONC, 3 Ortho/Neuro

Christina Mitsdarffer, RN, CNP, Hospitalist Program

Jessica Morales, RN, CNP, Coal City

Laura Muehling, BSN, RNC-OB, Labor & Delivery

Michael Mutterer, MA, BSN, RN, LNHA, LCPC, CADC, Nursing Administration

Tammy Mylcraine, MSN, RNC-OB, OB

Erika Olsen, BSN, RN, CCRN, ICU

Margaret Ondrey, MSN, RN, APN, CNS, Nursing Administration

Nancy Peeler, BSN, RN, CDE, Diabetes Center

Connie Perry, RNC-OB, Labor & Delivery

Barb Pfingsten, RN, OCN, Watseka Diagnostic

Janet Phelan, RN, CARN, Resolve Youth Rehab

Mary K Pittman, BSN, RN, CCRP, Cardiac Rehab

Melissa Pixley, RN, CNP, RMG Internal Medicine

Valerie Pop-Brandt, RN, PMHN, Resolve Youth Rehab

Mona Poskin, MSN, RN, PMHN, CNML, Mental Health Unit

Julianne Post, BSN, RN, CNOR, Special Procedures Lab

Jamie Rademacher, RN, NP-C, Neurosurgery Consultants

Danielle Ratazak, RN, CNP, Coal City

Crystal Rath, BSN, RN, CCRN, ICU

Dena Reddick, RN, DNP, Bourbonnais PCA

Sonyia Renshaw, BSN, RN, NSQIP SCR, Quality Improvement

Jean Richmond, BSN, RN, CRN, Radiology

Nicole Robinson, BSN, RNC-LRN, Nursery

Cheryl Rogers, MSN, RN, CCRN, Quality Improvement

Jennifer Rogers, MSN, RN-BC, Clinical Resource Management

Kim Ruckman, BSN, RNC-MNN, OB

Tammy Schneider, RNC-LRN, Nursery

Mary Schore, MSN, RN, CPPS, CPHQ, Quality Improvement

Deanna Schroeder, DNP, RN, PCA Pavilion

Janella Schroeder, RN, CNP, Gilman

Karla Schweigert, MSN, RN, CNP, RMG Cardiovascular Specialists

Kimberly Shelanskey, RN, CNP, Cancer Institute

Melissa Shepherd, RN, CNP, Dwight Immediate Care

LaRee Shule, RN, FNP, APN, Watseka Primary

Mandi Troli, RN, CNP, Momence

Wende Varboncoeur, BSN, RN, OCN, Cancer Institute

Sharmella Varboncoeur, BSN, RN, CCRN, ICU

Karen Verrill, RN, CNP, Cancer Institute

Marsha Wagner, RNC-OB, Labor & Delivery

Dawn Walters, RN, CRRN, Miller

Angel White, RN, CNP, FastCare

Kimberly White, BSN, RN, CEN, Emergency Department

Sheryl Wieghaus, BSN, RN, CARN, Mental Health Unit

Marian Wilkinson, RN, OCN, Cancer Institute

Elizabeth Wirth, MSN, RN, APN, ANCS-BC, CHFN, EKG

Cheryl Woosnam, RNC-LRN, Nursery

Maggie Worby, BSN, RN, CCRN, Float

Jamie Wourms, RN, CNP, Manhattan Clinic

Jeremy Wright, RN, CNP, East Court

Jennifer Zack, BSN, RNC-NIC, Nursery

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 (RN) 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.

Riverside Medical Center 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, cardiovascular, 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 (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both.

Please join Riverside Medical Center and the nation's national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, commitment to development and patient care in our region, and a job well done!


Riverside Healthcare is a fully integrated healthcare system serving the needs of individuals and communities throughout the counties of Kankakee, Iroquois, Will, Grundy and beyond. As part of the system, Riverside Medical Center, a 312-bed hospital, provides a full scope of inpatient and outpatient care and is a nationally recognized, award-winning Level II Trauma hospital with nationally-leading programs in heart care, cancer care, neurosurgery and orthopedics. Its reputation for nursing excellence has made Riverside the area's only Magnet® Recognized hospital. Because Riverside's clinical performance ranks them among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide, Healthgrades has named them a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award, and Truven Health Analytics presented them with the 100 Top Hospitals® award. Riverside also operates several community, primary and specialty health centers throughout the region. Learn more about Riverside Healthcare at www.RiversideHealthcare.org.