Published on March 16, 2015

Certified Nurses at Pella Regional

Certified NursesPELLA, Iowa –Each year on March 19, certified nurses are honored with their own special day of recognition. March 19 is the birthday of Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles, EdD, RN, FAAN (1903-2005). Known as the "Mother of Nurse Credentialing," Styles was a visionary scholar with an international impact on the nursing profession. The thousands of certified nurses in the U.S. today and the growing role of certification in contributing to better patient outcomes are a lasting testament to her legacy.

“We are very proud of how many of our nurses are certified in nursing specialty fields. This past year, two of our nurses, Renee Visser and Sheila Burgey, also completed their Masters Degrees. The time and effort that is needed to make a commitment like that is so extraordinary,” said Yvonne O’Brien-Evans, chief nursing officer at Pella Regional. “Thank you to all of our nurses who create a caring and healing environment of excellence for our patients.”

Less than 20% of American nurses are board certified and Pella Regional Health Center has more than 45 national board certifications represented throughout the staff:

Certified Emergency Nurse
Carla Chow
Diana Crook
Gina Jones
Ann Mills
Kathy Pitts

Oncology Certified Nurse
Leann Nunnikhoven
Betty Sels
Mary Jo Van Roekel

Cardiac Vascular Nurse
Liz Gates
Linda Groenendyk
Peggy Swank
Joan Vande Krol

Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Carrie Kelderman
Kim Jenkins
Karen Westercamp

Certified Medical Surgical Nurse
Emily Haase
Kathy Heinen
Nicole Van Woerkom

Certified Nurse, Operating Room
Deb Davis
Liz Evans
Diane McCombs
Sandy Ryan
Peggy Van Dusseldorp
Ramona Van Dusseldorp
Caryn Van Hemert
Judy Willer

Board Certified in Nurse Administration
Yvonne O’Brien-Evans

Certified Pediatric Nurse
Tracey Hall

Certified Professional in Utilization Review
Linda Chapman

National Certification Board for Diabetes Education
Michelle Webster

Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Society
Heidi Heikes

Certified Electronic Fetal Monitoring
Nancy Theobald

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
Carla Chow

Certified Registered Nurse Infusion
Leann Nunnikhoven
Betty Sels

Certified Wound Specialist
Janice Graham

Certified Dialysis Nurse
Leisha Huyser
Robin Nossaman
Cathy Robinson

Nursing Professional Development
Bridget Drafahl

Certified MDS Coordinator
Rita Hoogheem

Health Coaching
Deb Gustafson
Kim Jenkins
Mary Jo Van Roekel
Becky Vanden Broek
Diane Way

Wound Care Nurse
Renee Visser

Would Ostomy Nurse
Renee Visser

Inpatient Obstetrical Nurse
Connie Gordon