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Nurse Spotlight - Kristin Kraus, MA, BSN, RN, CNOR

Posted by Kristen Edmunds on Aug 22, 2017 2:06:36 PM

Kristin Kraus, MA, BSN, RN, CNOR has been an operating room nurse for over 15 years and is currently working as a Vascular Team Leader and CNOR Coach at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. Exposed to specialty nursing early in her career, this dedicated nurse is committed to helping others through their professional journies, whether it be finding their passions or assisting through the certification process.

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July Nursing Spotlight - Nancy Cabianca, RN, CNOR

Posted by Kristen Edmunds on Jul 26, 2017 10:09:55 AM

From a very young age Nancy knew she was supposed to be a nurse. She remembers having a coloring book with pictures of different occupations on each page; specifically, Farmer Brown, Chef Tony and Nurse Nancy. She thought to herself, “Oh look…I am Nancy and it says here that I am supposed to be a nurse when I grow up.” It was this simple childhood logic that lead her on a great journey to become a successful and caring perioperative nurse (who knew she would eventually marry Chef Tony, as well)! Today, Nancy Cabianca RN, CNOR is an exceptional example of perioperative nursing leadership. A natural go getter, Nancy has successfully passed certification exams in both Canada and the US, continuing to widen the effect she has on the profession. There is no doubt she has made a significant impact at her current facility in her role as staff nurse at the Queens Medical Center, Same Day Surgery Operating Room in Oahu, HI. 

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June Nursing Spotlight - Tabitha Stutts Kinlaw, MBA, MSN, RN, CNOR, ONC

Posted by Kristen Edmunds on Jun 12, 2017 3:07:33 PM

Amelia Earhart once said, "The most effective way to do it, is to do it." Tabitha Stutts Kinlaw, seems to agree. Since the day she stepped foot into the operating room, she has been a go-getter. A perioperative nurse for 25 years and certified as a CNOR since 1995, Tabitha has practiced as a staff nurse, orthopedic surgery coordinator, charge nurse, assistant director, and educator in the operating room. Tabitha continues her success as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist and the Primary Nurse Administrator of the Approved Provider Unit at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC--the same hospital she was born in.

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May Nursing Spotlight - Julie Thompson, PhD, RN, CNS, CIP, CNOR, CNS-CP

Posted by Kristen Edmunds on May 15, 2017 1:47:50 PM

This month we are very pleased to honor recently appointed CCI board president, Julia (Julie) Thompson, PhD, RN, CNS, CIP, CNOR, CNS-CP. A perioperative nurse for over 30 years and certified as a CNOR since 1990, Dr. Thompson has practiced as a staff nurse, manager, assistant director, educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, consultant, and researcher in surgical services. Julie attributes her successful career to a strong foundation in the nursing process, a passion for continued learning, and an enthusiasm for patient safety and advocacy. 

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April Nursing Spotlight - David W. Irby, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, CRNO, CORLN

Posted by Kristen Edmunds on Apr 20, 2017 11:38:12 AM

Did you know you wanted to be a perioperative nurse even before you entered the profession? David Irby sure did. From his first exposure to perioperative nursing at the young age of 16 as a Junior Volunteer, he found himself intrigued.  A few short years later, David gained more exposure to the OR through clinical rotations at the University of Virginia, and knew he had found his calling. By his senior year, David was eager to participate in a month-long Practicum in the area he was most interested in, and spent a month with one of his mentors in thoracic surgery.

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March Nursing Spotlight -  Ernest Macasieb BSN, RN, CNOR

Posted by Kristen Edmunds on Mar 14, 2017 4:23:05 PM

As you may know from this month's Hospital HighlightVA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) is a facility highly motivated and driven to work with certified nurses. In fact, since the activation of the facility in 2013, manager at VASNHS, has been pushing towards a goal of 100% staff certification. Understanding the challenge ahead of him, Mr. Gergory Clark, RN, MS, CNOR turned to one of the certified nurses on the team to act as a CNOR mentor of the facility to assist peers in earning certification. Today, perioperative nurse Ernest Macasieb, BSN, RN, CNOR, has been the CNOR mentor of VASNHS for two years, continuing the collective goal of 100% certified staff. It is no doubt that Ernest is a hardworking, dedicated, and extremely passionate nurse making him a perfect feature for this month's Nurse Spotlight.

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February Nursing Spotlight - Cheryl Petrarca, MSN, RN, CNOR

Posted by Kristen Edmunds on Feb 10, 2017 1:22:37 PM

Many of us have someone in our life that has inspired us, resulting in endless self-motivation to become the best we can be. This month's Nurse Spotlight, Cheryl Petrarca, MSN, RN, CNOR, is no different. Cheryl was inspired early in her career by strong AORN leaders at her local chapter. There she learned the difference nurses make and the importance of advocating for the patient from bedside to boardroom.

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January Nursing Spotlight - Dierdre Lamb

Posted by Kristen Edmunds on Jan 18, 2017 12:40:25 PM


Deirdre Lamb, RN, MSN, CNOR is a dedicated and accomplished nurse with over 9 years experience as a CNOR, one her greatest professional achievements. She is also extremely proud of her Master of Nursing, Education which she earned from Walden University upon graduating in 2015. Currently employed by the Southside Hospital at Northwell in Bayshore, NY, Deirdre works hard as a perioperative nurse and educator, in addition to volunteering as a CNOR Coach.

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December Nursing Spotlight - Cathy Birn

Posted by Kristen Edmunds on Dec 2, 2016 2:54:17 PM

Nursing Spotlight is a blog series created to showcase perioperative nurses each month, featuring their stories, professional achievements, and motivation for being the best possible nurse. This month, we are pleased to feature CNOR Coach Cathy S. Birn, MA, RN, CGRN, CNOR. 

Currently employed by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cathy's journey started 42 years ago when she first began practicing as the only endoscopy nurse in a small community hospital. Her defining moment as a nurse did not begin at the bedside, or from a faceless stranger. One day she came home to find her husband with extreme abdominal pain radiating to his back, and severely nauseated. Concerned he may have pancreatitis, she took him to her hospital's emergency room. During the visit, she witnessed her husband, a patient in clear pain and need of medical attention, being mistreated from the moment he entered.

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November Nursing Spotlight - Amy Shah

Posted by Kristen Edmunds on Nov 1, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Nursing Spotlight is a blog series created to showcase a nurse each month, featuring their stories, professional achievements, and motivation for being the best possible nurse. For the month of November, we are pleased to highlight one of CCI’s CNOR Coaches, Amy Shah, RN, CNOR.

A hardworking nurse, with 18 years of experience as an RN, Amy traveled to UAE to explore new territories in healthcare. She now finds herself working for the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi excited about her role as an RNFA and says it felt meaningful since day one. She is thrilled to be working in such a high-tech facility that brings a new standard of healthcare to this region of the world. She takes pride in the fact that is a part of an institution that can make a difference to an entire community.

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