Central Peninsula General Hospital recently named Diane Trefren, RN, its Nurse of the Year. A certified emergency nurse, Trefren has taught advanced cardiac life support and triage and served as a burn-trauma case review panel member. Co-workers value her precise charting and complete nursing care.
She is a strong team member with excellent communication skills. She is known for her kindness, compassion and thorough care.
Other Nurse of the Year nominees were registered nurses Jan Johnson, Tom Wilkinson and Wayne Foley.
Nurse managers Gypsy Jolly, Judith Burke and Lois Johnson, all registered nurses, received awards in recognition of their efforts in managing staff.
Phylis Van Malderan, RN, received a community service award for work with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on a flyer reminding anglers to wear safety glasses. Last year, an angler lost an eye in a fishing accident.
Jan Johnson, RN, received a national service award for her work with the Emergency Nurses Association. She is currently running for president of that group.
Heather Emmerich, RN, received a hero award for her work with Dr. Katy Sheridan to certify obstetrical staff and emergency medical technicians in neonatal resuscitation.
Denise Harro, RN, received a hero award for designing an orientation program for certified nursing assistants.
Nurses received their awards during a May 5 tea, during which Tom Wilkinson, RN, read his poem "Who Am I?"
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