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2009: CDH Nurse Achieves Advanced Certification
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CDH Nurse Achieves Advanced Certification

WINFIELD, Ill., November 3, 2009 – Megan McDowell, RN, BSN, RN-BC, recently earned advanced certification in Cardiac Vascular Nursing by the American Nursing Credentialing Center. Currently, McDowell is a critical care resource nurse at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH). She is also a member of CDH’s rapid response team. This team of experts can be accessed 24 hours a day when a patient is exhibiting early signs of distress and provides timely intervention at the bedside.

Cardiac vascular nurses provide comprehensive nursing care to individuals diagnosed with cardiac vascular disease and identified as at risk for cardiac vascular events. In general, they are responsible for the development, coordination and evaluation of a plan of care that uses a multi-disciplinary and case management approach. While concentrating on cardiac vascular health, the practice considers all influences on health status and related social and behavioral problems. The theoretical basis for this nursing practice incorporates physiological and psychosocial concepts of health as they affect cardiac/vascular wellness in adult patients.

McDowell holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Northern Illinois University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing from NIU.

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 centers in Illinois.

For the last three 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.

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