Twenty-two ER Nurses at CDH Get Certification
WINFIELD, Ill., June 7, 2010 – Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) Emergency Department Manager Patti Navarro expects the best from her ER nurses.
“Even though emergency department work is highly stressful, we don’t let these nurses take a break when it comes to advancing their studies and certifications,” says Navarro, who spent two years as an assistant nurse manager at CDH before she advanced to her present role. “If anything, ER nurses need to be more educated and current in their field knowledge base. They often need to make quick, educated decisions to triage patients, and if there is a ‘better’ way of doing things, we should know about it.”
Recently, a group of 22 emergency department nurses from CDH completed their Certification in Emergency Nursing (CEN), which is offered by the Emergency Nurse Association and is considered by the organization to be “the greatest badge of honor for clinical emergency nursing.”
The group included:
• Jane Johnson, RN, RSN, TNS, CEN, ECRN, ACLS, PALS of Aurora. Johnson attended Kishwaukee Community College and graduated from Aurora University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
• Jessica Macasu, RN, BSN, CEN, TNCC of Bartlett. Macasu earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Arellano University in Manila.
• Erika Portillo, BSN, TNS, CEN of Barlett. Portillo received a Bachelor of Arts at Loyola University, attended William Rainey Harper College and Barat College for her Bachelor of Science in nursing.
• Lisa Steeves, RN, CEN of Batavia. Steeves attended Elgin Community College.
• Christopher McLarty, RN, BSN, CEN, TNS of Chicago. McLarty received his associate’s degree in nursing at Truman College, Bachelor of Science in nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in nursing/acute care nurse practitioner at Loyola University.
• Baochau Doan, RN, CEN of Maple Park. Doan received her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Northern Illinois University.
• Ken Kozbiel, RN, BSN, CEN, TNS, ECRN, PALS, ACLS, ACLS-Instructor of Oswego. Kozbiel received his Bachelor of Science in nursing at University of St. Francis.
• Anita Beal, RN, BS, CEN, TNS of Somonauk. Beal received her Associate of Arts and Sciences degree from College of DuPage, Bachelor of Science from University of St. Francis and is currently enrolled in a Master of Science in nursing program at University of St. Francis.
• Michelle August, RN, CEN, TNS of St. Charles. August received her training at the Wesley-Passavant School of Nursing.
• Melissa Hames, RN, BSN, ACLS, PALS, ECRN, TNCC, CEN of Sugar Grove. Hames received her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing.
• Natasha Wattleworth, (Assistant Nurse Manager in the ED) RN, BSN, CEN, TNS of Westmont. Wattleworth received her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Millikin University.
• Susan O’Connor, RN, BSN, CEN, TNCC, ACLS, BLS, PALS, ECRN of Wheaton. O’Connor received her training at Augustana College and University of Iowa.
• Richelle Kotarski, RN, BSN, ECRN, CEN of Winfield. Kotarski received her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Northern Illinois University.
About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for medical technology and one of the busiest surgical hospitals in Illinois.
For the last four consecutive years, Thomson Reuters has listed CDH as a 100 Top Hospital in the U.S. Similarly, U.S. News & World Report has included CDH on their list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category each year since 2007.
The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the medical staff of CDH, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH (4234)/ TTY 630-933-4833 for the hearing impaired.