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News: Centegra nurses earn certifications

CRYSTAL LAKE – Nurses who work in Centegra Health System’s emergency departments in McHenry and Woodstock are committed to continuing education that keeps them prepared to treat any person who needs care. Centegra Health System congratulates its nurses on their recent accomplishments in their work and education. Their dedication is why Centegra remains the region’s leading provider of emergency medical care.

Laura Walczak is the new director of emergency services with Centegra Health System. In this role, Walczak will be instrumental in providing the leadership necessary to position Centegra’s main health system access point, as well as enhance the care continuum with its community partners.

In addition, 15 nurses completed a Trauma Nurse Specialist course, which is an intense five weeks of master-level nursing education.

“To achieve Trauma Nurse Specialist, they develop new ways to think and they learn new tools that are more than just protocols,”  said Joan Rembacz, clinical nurse specialist for emergency services with Centegra Health System and course coordinator. “They understand the physiology of why they do what they do. The training teaches nurses to look at trauma patients in a whole new light.” 

The nurses who completed the Trauma Nurse Specialist Course are:

  • Kathy Bolanowski
  • Diane Csajaghy
  • Bill Dineen
  • Chrisdeana Dusik
  • Lisa Hall
  • Stacey Little
  • Tara McBride
  • Lori McConnell
  • Carrie Bukovsky
  • Sara Oetjens
  • Annie Rohe
  • Janna Sankey
  • Jennifer Slominski
  • Sara Vela
  • Laura Vertuno

Joyce Kirk and Carrie Bukovsky became Certified Emergency Nurses.

Forty-one nurses completed their Trauma Nurse Core Course:

  • Jennifer Bayness
  • Susan Bigham
  • Otilia Boncu
  • Maryanna Cablk
  • Sara Carlson
  • Jennifer Castro
  • Allison Dahl
  • Mary Jane Dino
  • Chrisdeana Dusik
  • Wendy Evans
  • Lindy Fisher
  • Terry Giese
  • Jodi Gunther
  • Jessica Hansen
  • Diana Henry
  • Sharon Hopp
  • Diane Henry
  • Michael Kaphengst
  • Deborah King
  • Veronica Lock
  • Lindsay Loehner
  • Stacy Mattingly
  • Tara McBride
  • Gretchen McCracken
  • Magaly Nickles
  • Jeannine Nosko
  • Laurie Parisi
  • Dana Prouty
  • Janna Sankey
  • Rasmi Sengraseuth
  • Kimberly Shaffner
  • Angela Shetsky
  • Janet Snoddy
  • Brook Swanger
  • Erin Trznadel
  • Theresa Waldack
  • Kathy Wooden
  • Laura Vertuno
  • Carrie Zbierski
  • Nicole Zoglauer

Three nurses were certified in the Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course: Nicole Beebe, Janna Sankey and Kim Shaffner.