Published on March 17, 2014

Certified Nurses at Pella Regional

PELLA, 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.

“It is exciting how many of our nurses are certified and are nationally recognized for their experience, knowledge and skills in nursing specialty fields,” said Yvonne O’Brien-Evans, chief nursing officer at Pella Regional. “We know it takes a great deal of personal dedication and persistence to achieve and maintain certification. 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 50 who have achieved national board certification:

Certified Emergency Nurse

Diana Crook

Kathy Pitts

Carla Chow

Gina Jones

Ann Mills

Oncology Certified Nurse

Betty Sels

Leann Nunnikhoven

Mary Jo Van Roekel

Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse

Lovena Van Haaften

Sue Larvick

Cardiac Vascular Nurse

Peggy Swank

Joan Vande Krol

Liz Gates

Linda Groenendyk

Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Carrie Kelderman

Karen Westercamp

Kim Jenkins

Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist

Marilou Houk

Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist/Case Manager

Lezlie Morris

Certified Medical Surgical Nurse

Emily Haase

Nicole Van Woerkom

Kathy Heinen

Certified Maternal Newborn Nurse

Marty Den Hartog

Certified Nurse, Operating Room

Nancy Zylstra

Judy Willer

Peggy Van Dusseldorp

Caryn Van Hemert

Diane McCombs

Liz Evans

Deb Davis

Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse

Sandy Lanser

Board Certified in Nurse Administration

Yvonne O’Brien-Evans

Certified Pediatric Nurse

Tracey Hall

Jodi Menninga

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

Betty Sels

Leann Nunnikhoven

Certified Wound Specialist

Janice Graham

Certified Dialysis Nurse

Leisha Huyser

Robin Nossaman

Nursing Professional Development

Bridget Drafahl

Certified MDS Coordinator

Rita Hoogheem

Certified Case Manager

Ida Casey

Health Coaching

Diane Way

Deb Gustafson

Becky Vanden Broek

Mary Jo Van Roekel

Kim Jenkins