Welcome to the Nightingale Awards Celebration!

To protect the health and safety of all, the tough decision was made to hold the postponed 2020 Nightingale Awards celebration virtually. While we normally prefer to hold this event in-person, we are excited to recognize the 2020 honorees who have gone above and beyond.

Nurses deserve recognition now more than ever. Join us to honor those that continue to demonstrate excellence within their field.

The virtual event will begin at 7:00pm on April 15, 2021. Winners of the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice and the Nightingale Nurse Leaders Award will be announced during the program.

In the meantime, you are encouraged to browse the Nightingale Award pages to learn more about this year’s event and the award nominees. Be sure to leave your congratulations and support in the comments below!

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Award Nominees

Nursing Excellence Award Nominees

 

Melissa Bresser

RN, Charge Nurse – Women’s Services

Bio

Melissa Bresser is the lead nurse for the Women’s and Infants unit at Waupun Memorial Hospital and provides the best possible care for women in labor. With over 15 years of nursing, she is the kind of nurse expectant mothers want taking care of them from the moment they are admitted to labor, through discharge from the hospital. Melissa consistently demonstrates her dedication to being a patient advocate and ensuring they all receive individualized care through her position as the lead for the Women’s and Infants council and the hospital’s OB services committee. Both affiliations are centered around reviewing current practices and improving patient care. Melissa has proven time and time again to be a hardworking, dedicated and professional nurse.

Sara Bronson

Nurse Practice Specialist – Perinatal Neonatal Services

Bio

For 37 years, Sara Bronson has made safety and highest quality medical care for patients her top priority. With the understanding that the key to nursing excellence is ongoing learning and development, she does everything in her power to stay on top of the latest evidence based practices for her field and works to have it implemented within her practice. As a nurse practice specialist for the Perinatal Neonatal Services at the Thedacare Regional Medical Center – Appleton, she has become everyone’s “go-to” when it comes to problem solving regarding best patient practices. She also goes above and beyond what is expected of her by always making herself available to staff and leadership, day or night, to answer questions or to help navigate high risk patient situations. Sara’s passion for nursing excellence and her willingness to help anyone at any time has made her an incredible asset to the nursing profession.

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Brittany Chariton

RN

Bio

Brittany has found her passion in caring for the older population and the different needs they have as patients. As a registered nurse at Aspirus Care and Rehab – Medford, she is responsible for up to 24 geriatric residents a day and has a firm understanding on how to treat their often complex physical and mental health needs. She also bases her practice around being a strong advocate for helping the elderly remain independent and active for as long as possible. Brittany never ceases to go the extra mile for her residents and her compassion and ability to build strong relationships with her residents has proven invaluable on many levels. The dedication she has toward her profession sets her apart from others within her field.

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Lindsey Delongchamp

RN, Medical-Surgical and Ambulatory Unit

Bio

Lindsey Delongchamp serves as a registered nurse at the Ascension Calumet Hospital – Chilton. She is extremely compassionate and dedicated to her patients and also a reliable asset to her fellow coworkers. With over 5 years of experience, she is known to be dependable, calm, humble and often takes on the role of “lead by example”. Lindsey goes above and beyond to assure patients are cared for in a professional, caring manner. She takes her role as a patient advocate very seriously and with an understanding of the importance that family and loved ones have on the holistic care of patients, largely focuses on involving them within the care process. Lindsey is the epitome of the values that make up an exceptional nurse professional.

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Heidi Erl

Emergency Services RN

Bio

In just over 5 years of serving as an emergency services registered nurse at Aspirus Medford Hospital and Clinics, Heidi Erl has stepped up to help better the standard of patient care. Heidi played an instrumental part in the development and roll out of the facility’s new stroke program that will save many lives. She saw a need for improvement, identified inefficiencies in the old protocols and made the decision to take that area of expertise under her wing. Heidi worked tirelessly to establish policies and procedures to guide the care provided to the population and has since become the stroke coordinator for the hospital. She has continuously shown her dedication to stroke patient safety by helping to educate not only her team, but local EMS teams and the community as well. She also stepped up to serve on the Taylor county Emergency Medicine Ambulance Service to help fill the vacancies in EMS that are currently being felt by small, rural communities across the state.

Bio

Melissa Bresser is the lead nurse for the Women’s and Infants unit at Waupun Memorial Hospital and provides the best possible care for women in labor. With over 15 years of nursing, she is the kind of nurse expectant mothers want taking care of them from the moment they are admitted to labor, through discharge from the hospital. Melissa consistently demonstrates her dedication to being a patient advocate and ensuring they all receive individualized care through her position as the lead for the Women’s and Infants council and the hospital’s OB services committee. Both affiliations are centered around reviewing current practices and improving patient care. Melissa has proven time and time again to be a hardworking, dedicated and professional nurse.

Bio

For 37 years, Sara Bronson has made safety and highest quality medical care for patients her top priority. With the understanding that the key to nursing excellence is ongoing learning and development, she does everything in her power to stay on top of the latest evidence based practices for her field and works to have it implemented within her practice. As a nurse practice specialist for the Perinatal Neonatal Services at the Thedacare Regional Medical Center – Appleton, she has become everyone’s “go-to” when it comes to problem solving regarding best patient practices. She also goes above and beyond what is expected of her by always making herself available to staff and leadership, day or night, to answer questions or to help navigate high risk patient situations. Sara’s passion for nursing excellence and her willingness to help anyone at any time has made her an incredible asset to the nursing profession.

Bio

Brittany has found her passion in caring for the older population and the different needs they have as patients. As a registered nurse at Aspirus Care and Rehab – Medford, she is responsible for up to 24 geriatric residents a day and has a firm understanding on how to treat their often complex physical and mental health needs. She also bases her practice around being a strong advocate for helping the elderly remain independent and active for as long as possible. Brittany never ceases to go the extra mile for her residents and her compassion and ability to build strong relationships with her residents has proven invaluable on many levels. The dedication she has toward her profession sets her apart from others within her field.

Bio

Lindsey Delongchamp serves as a registered nurse at the Ascension Calumet Hospital – Chilton. She is extremely compassionate and dedicated to her patients and also a reliable asset to her fellow coworkers. With over 5 years of experience, she is known to be dependable, calm, humble and often takes on the role of “lead by example”. Lindsey goes above and beyond to assure patients are cared for in a professional, caring manner. She takes her role as a patient advocate very seriously and with an understanding of the importance that family and loved ones have on the holistic care of patients, largely focuses on involving them within the care process. Lindsey is the epitome of the values that make up an exceptional nurse professional.

Bio

In just over 5 years of serving as an emergency services registered nurse at Aspirus Medford Hospital and Clinics, Heidi Erl has stepped up to help better the standard of patient care. Heidi played an instrumental part in the development and roll out of the facility’s new stroke program that will save many lives. She saw a need for improvement, identified inefficiencies in the old protocols and made the decision to take that area of expertise under her wing. Heidi worked tirelessly to establish policies and procedures to guide the care provided to the population and has since become the stroke coordinator for the hospital. She has continuously shown her dedication to stroke patient safety by helping to educate not only her team, but local EMS teams and the community as well. She also stepped up to serve on the Taylor county Emergency Medicine Ambulance Service to help fill the vacancies in EMS that are currently being felt by small, rural communities across the state.

Lori Goff

RN, Trauma Program Coordinator

Bio

Throughout the course of her 36 year career, Lori Goff has assisted in raising the overall standard of care for trauma patients within the emergency department and inpatient care. She has been involved in multiple hospital committees and process improvement activities while also helping to educate physicians and nurses in trauma activation procedures. Lori currently serves as Trauma Program Coordinator and a registered nurse at the Ascension Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. Since starting her position about 5 years ago, she has worked hard to regain the hospital’s trauma certification that they had previously lost. There would be no trauma department without her. Lori is always searching for means to better her patients’ lives, and her work does not stop when her shift is over. She is actively involved in multiple community based injury prevention activities, such as a mock crash at the local high school, community Safety Days and bicycle safety presentations.

Carrie Hahn

Behavioral Health RN

Bio

Carrie Hahn started her career in healthcare as a certified nursing assistant for the behavioral health inpatient unit at the Ascension NE Wisconsin – Mercy Campus in Oshkosh and has since become a registered nurse there. Even after exploring the medical floors and gaining expertise from different units, she chose to return to serving the inpatient population with mental illness within the behavioral health unit. Working within the behavioral health unit is challenging, but Carrie leads her staff with compassion and modeling of appropriate behavior. Each patient is treated with respect and humility. Also, with over 16 years in the nursing field, her decision-making has allowed her to ‘catch’ medical conditions that are sometimes difficult to see when paired with psychiatric conditions. She has demonstrated excellence within her day-to-day nursing practice time and time again.

Adam Johnson

RN, Hospital Supervisor

Bio

Serving as hospital supervisor and registered nurse at the Howard Young Medical Center – Ascension in Woodruff, Adam Johnson provides support to every department in the hospital. Frequently seen going from one unit to the other, Adam helps to keep the different departments functioning smoothly with his communication and assistance, ensuring the safety of staff and patients alike. His dedication allows the departments to provide the best care under the best conditions possible. He never hesitates to lend a hand wherever help is needed, picking up countless extra shifts to ensure he does not leave anyone alone in a time of need. Adam frequently improves patient care transitions throughout their stay by taking the time to personally connect with every patient he encounters and using humor to brighten the day of everyone around him. Outside the hospital, he continues to help others as he volunteers what little free time he has as a first responder in his community, proving that his selflessness knows no bounds.

Barb Jones

RN Lead

Bio

Barb Jones, registered nurse lead at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee is commonly described as “born to be a nurse” by her peers and patients. Having worked her entire 42 year nursing career in the same organization and department, Barb possesses a wealth of knowledge and passion for patient care that has made her an invaluable resource, as well as an essential member of the team. With her welcoming smile, she is able to make even the most nervous patients and new nurses feel at ease. Known as an educator on the team, her peers feel comfortable approaching her with concerns and questions on how to improve, with the goal of becoming an excellent nurse similar to her. Barb embraces evidence-based practice to support patient care and often educates other nurses regarding the importance of it. While nursing has become fast-paced and more task oriented, she has successfully adapted her practice to accomplish expectation while still embracing the patient and providing compassionate care.

Cindy Kolzow

RN, Neuro-Trauma Medical Surgical Unit

Bio

Cindy Kolzow, serving as a staff and charge nurse at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, is a strong leader that goes above and beyond to provide exceptional patient care and top notch nursing education. An educator at heart, Cindy precepts new nurses and students and leads by example by providing great compassion and education to all patients. After a need for a medical-surgical nurse residency program within the hospital was realized, she created a successful 8 session program for new graduate nurses in order to increase patient safety, decrease healthcare costs and improve competency and confidence within new nurses. At the bedside, she takes the time to gather patient and family input into the plan of care and incorporates that plan at discharge in order to meet their needs and expectations. Cindy truly puts patients first in everything she does.

Bio

Throughout the course of her 36 year career, Lori Goff has assisted in raising the overall standard of care for trauma patients within the emergency department and inpatient care. She has been involved in multiple hospital committees and process improvement activities while also helping to educate physicians and nurses in trauma activation procedures. Lori currently serves as Trauma Program Coordinator and a registered nurse at the Ascension Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. Since starting her position about 5 years ago, she has worked hard to regain the hospital’s trauma certification that they had previously lost. There would be no trauma department without her. Lori is always searching for means to better her patients’ lives, and her work does not stop when her shift is over. She is actively involved in multiple community based injury prevention activities, such as a mock crash at the local high school, community Safety Days and bicycle safety presentations.

Bio

Carrie Hahn started her career in healthcare as a certified nursing assistant for the behavioral health inpatient unit at the Ascension NE Wisconsin – Mercy Campus in Oshkosh and has since become a registered nurse there. Even after exploring the medical floors and gaining expertise from different units, she chose to return to serving the inpatient population with mental illness within the behavioral health unit. Working within the behavioral health unit is challenging, but Carrie leads her staff with compassion and modeling of appropriate behavior. Each patient is treated with respect and humility. Also, with over 16 years in the nursing field, her decision-making has allowed her to ‘catch’ medical conditions that are sometimes difficult to see when paired with psychiatric conditions. She has demonstrated excellence within her day-to-day nursing practice time and time again.

Bio

Serving as hospital supervisor and registered nurse at the Howard Young Medical Center – Ascension in Woodruff, Adam Johnson provides support to every department in the hospital. Frequently seen going from one unit to the other, Adam helps to keep the different departments functioning smoothly with his communication and assistance, ensuring the safety of staff and patients alike. His dedication allows the departments to provide the best care under the best conditions possible. He never hesitates to lend a hand wherever help is needed, picking up countless extra shifts to ensure he does not leave anyone alone in a time of need. Adam frequently improves patient care transitions throughout their stay by taking the time to personally connect with every patient he encounters and using humor to brighten the day of everyone around him. Outside the hospital, he continues to help others as he volunteers what little free time he has as a first responder in his community, proving that his selflessness knows no bounds.

Bio

Barb Jones, registered nurse lead at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee is commonly described as “born to be a nurse” by her peers and patients. Having worked her entire 42 year nursing career in the same organization and department, Barb possesses a wealth of knowledge and passion for patient care that has made her an invaluable resource, as well as an essential member of the team. With her welcoming smile, she is able to make even the most nervous patients and new nurses feel at ease. Known as an educator on the team, her peers feel comfortable approaching her with concerns and questions on how to improve, with the goal of becoming an excellent nurse similar to her. Barb embraces evidence-based practice to support patient care and often educates other nurses regarding the importance of it. While nursing has become fast-paced and more task oriented, she has successfully adapted her practice to accomplish expectation while still embracing the patient and providing compassionate care.

Bio

Cindy Kolzow, serving as a staff and charge nurse at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, is a strong leader that goes above and beyond to provide exceptional patient care and top notch nursing education. An educator at heart, Cindy precepts new nurses and students and leads by example by providing great compassion and education to all patients. After a need for a medical-surgical nurse residency program within the hospital was realized, she created a successful 8 session program for new graduate nurses in order to increase patient safety, decrease healthcare costs and improve competency and confidence within new nurses. At the bedside, she takes the time to gather patient and family input into the plan of care and incorporates that plan at discharge in order to meet their needs and expectations. Cindy truly puts patients first in everything she does.

Jennifer Kuester

RN Lead – Emergency Dept.

Bio

With over 15 years of nursing under her belt, Jennifer Kuester, emergency department lead registered nurse at Ascension Our Lady of Victory – Stanley works hard to keep the hospital running like a fine-tuned machine. Moving seamlessly across departments, Jennifer works in the emergency department, urgent care, inpatient unit and ambulatory surgery area and has for years. Her natural ability to “hold it all together” for the patient and fellow nurses makes her an amazing role model for all departments. She is truly a nurse that her team can rely on for support. Jennifer will think outside of the box to find a solution to tough issues and has been known to advocate for patient care when others may have given in to the ‘norm’ or ‘the way it has always been done.’ She is also a dedicated educator, always attending conferences or online learnings to enhance her knowledge and to share within her departments to enrich the facility as a whole.

Sandy Munoz

Wound Care RN

Bio

As a certified wound care registered nurse, Sandy Munoz was instrumental in the development of the wound care program at Thedacare Medical Center – Waupaca just over 5 years ago. Now working within that program, Sandy works with patients who have a broad range of medical and psychological illnesses that contribute to the way they experience their wound and ultimately how their wound heals. She adamantly reviews and addresses these factors with patients on their own terms in order to achieve the best possible results in wound healing. She also actively seeks out new research, guidelines and educational opportunities to bring the advantages of new evidence-based practice to her patients whenever possible. Her approach to specific, patient-oriented care as well as the completion of standard nursing care is to be admired. With over 15 years of nursing experience, Sandy routinely goes above and beyond for patients and within the organization to ensure her fellow community members’ needs are met.

Kelly Otto

RN

Bio

Kelly serves as a registered nurse within the obstetric unit at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center – Neenah. The obstetrics unit is a fast-paced, high-risk unit with strong expectations for excellence, and Kelly continually goes above and beyond what is expected of her. Described as a team player, she mentors newer team members in an effective and non-judgmental manner. Also, in order to be able to support her peers during times of crisis, she sought out training for Critical Incident Stress Management and has in turn provided that support to the hospital and other hospitals within the system. Kelly is a great patient advocate who is excellent at identifying high risk patients and collaborating with physicians, management, quality and care management to provide the best possible care plan for them. Always questioning why things are done a certain way and looking for ways to improve nursing practices, she never settles for the answer “that’s just how we do it”. She truly has patients’ best interest in mind at all times.

Holly Rauen

Lead RN

Bio

With over 40 years of experience in the field, Holly Rauen has had a long career of putting others first. Serving as a registered nurse at Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital in Merrill, Holly is always willing to take the time to listen to what her patients have to say and is often found at their bedside — especially when they are at the hospital alone. Off the clock, she volunteers her time at St. Vincent De Paul’s once a week to help those who can not afford healthcare. Holly is also a fantastic role model for her peers, understanding that the best way to disseminate best practice is to model it every day. She is instrumental in orienting new nurses to the department and is always willing to pick up an extra shift when needed to ensure no one is alone.

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Katelyn Wendt

RN

Bio

Katelyn, who is described by her colleagues as one of the most compassionate and kindhearted individuals they know, is a registered nurse at the UW Hospital abdominal transplant surgical unit. Katelyn goes about her day with a positive attitude and a passion for making her patients and coworkers’ lives easier in any way that she is able. She consistently goes the extra mile to ensure her patients’ expectations are met and that they have a positive experience while in the hospital, whether that be bringing in a patient’s favorite snack, spending extra time with them or checking in regularly to see how they’re doing. Offering a welcoming smile and quick word of encouragement when needed, Katelyn is largely committed to her passion of nursing and is always willing to help her fellow staff members and provide instruction where needed, proving herself to be a great resource for her peers.

Bio

With over 15 years of nursing under her belt, Jennifer Kuester, emergency department lead registered nurse at Ascension Our Lady of Victory – Stanley works hard to keep the hospital running like a fine-tuned machine. Moving seamlessly across departments, Jennifer works in the emergency department, urgent care, inpatient unit and ambulatory surgery area and has for years. Her natural ability to “hold it all together” for the patient and fellow nurses makes her an amazing role model for all departments. She is truly a nurse that her team can rely on for support. Jennifer will think outside of the box to find a solution to tough issues and has been known to advocate for patient care when others may have given in to the ‘norm’ or ‘the way it has always been done.’ She is also a dedicated educator, always attending conferences or online learnings to enhance her knowledge and to share within her departments to enrich the facility as a whole.

Bio

As a certified wound care registered nurse, Sandy Munoz was instrumental in the development of the wound care program at Thedacare Medical Center – Waupaca just over 5 years ago. Now working within that program, Sandy works with patients who have a broad range of medical and psychological illnesses that contribute to the way they experience their wound and ultimately how their wound heals. She adamantly reviews and addresses these factors with patients on their own terms in order to achieve the best possible results in wound healing. She also actively seeks out new research, guidelines and educational opportunities to bring the advantages of new evidence-based practice to her patients whenever possible. Her approach to specific, patient-oriented care as well as the completion of standard nursing care is to be admired. With over 15 years of nursing experience, Sandy routinely goes above and beyond for patients and within the organization to ensure her fellow community members’ needs are met.

Bio

Kelly serves as a registered nurse within the obstetric unit at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center – Neenah. The obstetrics unit is a fast-paced, high-risk unit with strong expectations for excellence, and Kelly continually goes above and beyond what is expected of her. Described as a team player, she mentors newer team members in an effective and non-judgmental manner. Also, in order to be able to support her peers during times of crisis, she sought out training for Critical Incident Stress Management and has in turn provided that support to the hospital and other hospitals within the system. Kelly is a great patient advocate who is excellent at identifying high risk patients and collaborating with physicians, management, quality and care management to provide the best possible care plan for them. Always questioning why things are done a certain way and looking for ways to improve nursing practices, she never settles for the answer “that’s just how we do it”. She truly has patients’ best interest in mind at all times.

Bio

With over 40 years of experience in the field, Holly Rauen has had a long career of putting others first. Serving as a registered nurse at Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital in Merrill, Holly is always willing to take the time to listen to what her patients have to say and is often found at their bedside — especially when they are at the hospital alone. Off the clock, she volunteers her time at St. Vincent De Paul’s once a week to help those who can not afford healthcare. Holly is also a fantastic role model for her peers, understanding that the best way to disseminate best practice is to model it every day. She is instrumental in orienting new nurses to the department and is always willing to pick up an extra shift when needed to ensure no one is alone.

Bio

Katelyn, who is described by her colleagues as one of the most compassionate and kindhearted individuals they know, is a registered nurse at the UW Hospital abdominal transplant surgical unit. Katelyn goes about her day with a positive attitude and a passion for making her patients and coworkers’ lives easier in any way that she is able. She consistently goes the extra mile to ensure her patients’ expectations are met and that they have a positive experience while in the hospital, whether that be bringing in a patient’s favorite snack, spending extra time with them or checking in regularly to see how they’re doing. Offering a welcoming smile and quick word of encouragement when needed, Katelyn is largely committed to her passion of nursing and is always willing to help her fellow staff members and provide instruction where needed, proving herself to be a great resource for her peers.

Meghan White

Staff Nurse

Bio

As a staff nurse at the Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital, Meghan White exemplifies all aspects of holistic care in her daily practice. She takes the time her patients need and offers a compassionate and authentic approach to caring for them. Meghan takes the role of advocate for her patients very seriously and provides each and every one of them with the best possible care and communication. She is their voice and ensures the best possible outcomes while also being cognizant of their wishes. Meghan ensures that each and every patient is fully aware of their plan of care and takes the necessary steps before and after discharge to ensure their needs are met. It is clear to her patients and their families that she really cares for them. Meghan also stays consistent in her practice, staying up to date on current evidence-based best practices and regularly attending trainings. She not only utilizes resources around her to better her knowledge, but is a unit resource for many other nurses.

Lisa Wright

Cancer Navigator

Bio

Lisa Wright serves as a cancer navigator at the ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center, providing support for patients and providers throughout their 7 cancer sites. Working with cancer patients takes a compassion and understanding that comes naturally to Lisa. She guides her patients through the healthcare system, helping them to overcome barriers to optimal care and taking the time to learn what patients’ needs and wishes are in order to advocate for them to their healthcare team. Through every interaction she has with her patients, she is using her clinical expertise and training to guide patients and their caregivers to make informed decisions and improve patient outcomes. Lisa demonstrates extensive knowledge in cancer treatment and has good clinical judgement, ensuring that her patients are receiving the best possible care. She always goes above and beyond for cancer patients, also leading a support group called Hope Cancer Connections that focuses on health options, providing infinite opportunities during and after cancer, finding peace within and continuing education.

Bio

As a staff nurse at the Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital, Meghan White exemplifies all aspects of holistic care in her daily practice. She takes the time her patients need and offers a compassionate and authentic approach to caring for them. Meghan takes the role of advocate for her patients very seriously and provides each and every one of them with the best possible care and communication. She is their voice and ensures the best possible outcomes while also being cognizant of their wishes. Meghan ensures that each and every patient is fully aware of their plan of care and takes the necessary steps before and after discharge to ensure their needs are met. It is clear to her patients and their families that she really cares for them. Meghan also stays consistent in her practice, staying up to date on current evidence-based best practices and regularly attending trainings. She not only utilizes resources around her to better her knowledge, but is a unit resource for many other nurses.

Bio

Lisa Wright serves as a cancer navigator at the ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center, providing support for patients and providers throughout their 7 cancer sites. Working with cancer patients takes a compassion and understanding that comes naturally to Lisa. She guides her patients through the healthcare system, helping them to overcome barriers to optimal care and taking the time to learn what patients’ needs and wishes are in order to advocate for them to their healthcare team. Through every interaction she has with her patients, she is using her clinical expertise and training to guide patients and their caregivers to make informed decisions and improve patient outcomes. Lisa demonstrates extensive knowledge in cancer treatment and has good clinical judgement, ensuring that her patients are receiving the best possible care. She always goes above and beyond for cancer patients, also leading a support group called Hope Cancer Connections that focuses on health options, providing infinite opportunities during and after cancer, finding peace within and continuing education.

Nurse Leader Award Nominees

 

Paul Abegglen

Director of Patient Services, Medical, Surgical and Dialysis Liason

Bio

Paul Abegglen has dedicated 20 years of his life to nursing excellence and leadership as director of patient services and medical surgical and dialysis liaison at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee. Though brimming leadership and administrative duties, Paul never loses sight of the value nurses play in direct patient care. Paul leads his team selflessly and values every member of his staff, often working one-on-one with direct reports to identify goals and develop leadership skills. Paul motivates and unites his team by hosting team lunch and learns and book clubs centered on leadership development. These team building exercises not only strengthen the morale within the hospital, but also inspire staff to strive for excellence in nursing practice. Paul champions a dependable, supportive work environment and embraces leadership development to build a stronger healthcare industry.

Sara Bauman

Nurse Manager – Emergency Dept. 

Bio

As a nurse leader in the emergency department at Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, Sara Baumen values personal connections with her team above all things. Through her kind actions, she makes it clear that she genuinely cares and values her direct reports, their goals, their families and their overall wellbeing. When she isn’t on the floor helping with patient care, she is doing everything she can behind the scenes to ensure a smooth workflow throughout her unit. Sara led her team through organizational mergers, rebranding, construction, budget cuts and hiring freezes and has taken each challenge with a brave face. Sara fosters a positive, supportive work environment, yielding benefits that can be measured by the quality of care provided in her department. In 2019 under her leadership, patient experience points more than doubled. Her selflessness goes beyond the walls of the hospital, as she gives back to her community by organizing and volunteering for a wide variety of local charities.

Lindsey Graff

Manager – Clinical Outcomes

Bio

Health care is an ever-evolving field, requiring leaders with motivation and progressive foresight. As manager of clinical outcomes at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Lindsey Graff embodies the kind of change she wishes to see in nursing practice. Lindsey radiates positive energy with a warm smile. She is an impeccable communicator who maintains a genuine, yet professional tone, whether she is talking with a group of nurses, engaging with a patient and their family, or speaking to executive leadership. Lindsey has dedicated much of her life to serving others, and in doing so, inspires and empowers those around her. She’s not afraid to jump in and lend a helping hand, whether she’s in the hospital managing a team of nurses or at home raising four children on a farm with her husband. 

Jennifer Haasch

House Supervisor

Bio

As a house supervisor at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee, Jennifer Haasch provides support throughout the entire hospital. Her continuous rounding throughout the departments is greatly felt and appreciated among all team members, often saying that they feel very supported when she is on duty. Jennifer has a positive “I can do anything” mentality that is contagious to others and can change the feel of a unit from negative to positive in a short amount of time. In her 14 years in nursing, she’s developed an effective, straightforward, compassionate communication style that has allowed her to establish trust from nursing staff and physicians alike. Jennifer keeps productivity at the forefront when staffing decisions are being made and keeps communication open with executive leadership when needed. Her calm demeanor and willingness to speak with patients and families to address any concerns has made her one of the most popular house supervisors in the facility. Jennifer leads by example and is well respected throughout the organization.

Bio

Paul Abegglen has dedicated 20 years of his life to nursing excellence and leadership as director of patient services and medical surgical and dialysis liaison at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee. Though brimming leadership and administrative duties, Paul never loses sight of the value nurses play in direct patient care. Paul leads his team selflessly and values every member of his staff, often working one-on-one with direct reports to identify goals and develop leadership skills. Paul motivates and unites his team by hosting team lunch and learns and book clubs centered on leadership development. These team building exercises not only strengthen the morale within the hospital, but also inspire staff to strive for excellence in nursing practice. Paul champions a dependable, supportive work environment and embraces leadership development to build a stronger healthcare industry.

Bio

As a nurse leader in the emergency department at Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, Sara Baumen values personal connections with her team above all things. Through her kind actions, she makes it clear that she genuinely cares and values her direct reports, their goals, their families and their overall wellbeing. When she isn’t on the floor helping with patient care, she is doing everything she can behind the scenes to ensure a smooth workflow throughout her unit. Sara led her team through organizational mergers, rebranding, construction, budget cuts and hiring freezes and has taken each challenge with a brave face. Sara fosters a positive, supportive work environment, yielding benefits that can be measured by the quality of care provided in her department. In 2019 under her leadership, patient experience points more than doubled. Her selflessness goes beyond the walls of the hospital, as she gives back to her community by organizing and volunteering for a wide variety of local charities.

Bio

Health care is an ever-evolving field, requiring leaders with motivation and progressive foresight. As manager of clinical outcomes at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Lindsey Graff embodies the kind of change she wishes to see in nursing practice. Lindsey radiates positive energy with a warm smile. She is an impeccable communicator who maintains a genuine, yet professional tone, whether she is talking with a group of nurses, engaging with a patient and their family, or speaking to executive leadership. Lindsey has dedicated much of her life to serving others, and in doing so, inspires and empowers those around her. She’s not afraid to jump in and lend a helping hand, whether she’s in the hospital managing a team of nurses or at home raising four children on a farm with her husband. 

Bio

As a house supervisor at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee, Jennifer Haasch provides support throughout the entire hospital. Her continuous rounding throughout the departments is greatly felt and appreciated among all team members, often saying that they feel very supported when she is on duty. Jennifer has a positive “I can do anything” mentality that is contagious to others and can change the feel of a unit from negative to positive in a short amount of time. In her 14 years in nursing, she’s developed an effective, straightforward, compassionate communication style that has allowed her to establish trust from nursing staff and physicians alike. Jennifer keeps productivity at the forefront when staffing decisions are being made and keeps communication open with executive leadership when needed. Her calm demeanor and willingness to speak with patients and families to address any concerns has made her one of the most popular house supervisors in the facility. Jennifer leads by example and is well respected throughout the organization.

Laura Reinemann

Patient Care Manager – Nursing Services, Behavioral Health

Bio

Laura Reinemann serves as a patient care manager of the Behavioral Health unit at Advocate Aurora Health Center in Sheboygan. In that role, Laura meets with patients who are dissatisfied with their care, communicates safety concerns from staff to leadership and works closely with public safety to ensure the safest environment for patients, visitors and team members. With over 22 years of experience in the behavioral health unit, she has a great understanding of the inner workings of the unit and uses that knowledge to ensure safe practices are being utilized. Laura works diligently to balance patient census and team member staffing to ensure a safe but efficient work day and is a role model for thinking outside the box on doing things differently. She also empowers all team members to take ownership of the unit and its needs, instilling confidence and motivation to continually improve. As stressful as the manager role is, she maintains a positive attitude and makes difficult days a learning opportunity for all.

Audrey Rosin

RN Clinical Manager

Bio

Audrey Rosin is a registered nurse clinical manager at ThedaCare Medical Center in Waupaca who is known for her consistency and integrity as a nurse leader. Devoted to lifelong learning and clinical excellence, she leads the system in staff engagement scores. Audrey’s strength is building collaborative partnerships with physicians and supporting them through what appears to be impossible situations. She has the ability to adjust her communication style based on the situation at hand and is a comforting presence in high stress situations as she maneuvers them with grace and ease. In a healthcare environment where change is so rapid, Audrey has the ability to make sense of chaos, encouraging the nursing team to think beyond what they know. She cultivates a culture of curiosity, often taking the lead on recognizing opportunities to implement evidence-based practice and sharing them with the system. Audrey is constantly living up to her personal mission of “patient care comes first.”

Amanda Seubert

Director – Hospital Clinical Resources 

Bio

Amanda Seubert serves as director of the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Birthing Center and hospital clinical resources. As a leader, Amanda is called to deliver hard messages at times to patients, leadership, providers and staff. She delivers these messages eloquently and carefully considers her audience before speaking, taking the time to hear their concerns and provide support as needed. With over 23 years of nursing experience, Amanda motivates and engages teams by listening carefully to their concerns and addressing the issue. Her practical view and ability to call things what they truly are resonates with her staff and motivates them to move forward, knowing that she understands their perspective. Chosen for her knowledge, skills, expertise and confidence, Amanda is one of the few nurse leaders that have been selected to serve in the hospital’s campus-wide administrator on-call role. Her ability to address a situation with calmness and clarity makes her a great nurse leader.

Sue Van Houten

Manager of Dialysis Services

Bio

Best described as a selfless leader, Sue Van Houten serves as a clinical nursing supervisor for Waupun Memorial Hospital’s Dialysis Services. Sue works hard to ensure that each unit is staffed appropriately and has the tools they need to provide excellent care. She is an excellent communicator and a strong advocate for her staff, successfully leading them through many significant changes put in place. Staff members feel comfortable coming to her with any concerns and she is not only a good listening ear, but she offers sound, practical advice when needed. Sue is also an educator at heart with a natural knack for teaching. When training dialysis to new nurses, she takes it upon herself to not only complete training with them but to purchase and walk through a sample test to ensure that they feel ready. She has a natural ability to help others believe in themselves.

Bio

Laura Reinemann serves as a patient care manager of the Behavioral Health unit at Advocate Aurora Health Center in Sheboygan. In that role, Laura meets with patients who are dissatisfied with their care, communicates safety concerns from staff to leadership and works closely with public safety to ensure the safest environment for patients, visitors and team members. With over 22 years of experience in the behavioral health unit, she has a great understanding of the inner workings of the unit and uses that knowledge to ensure safe practices are being utilized. Laura works diligently to balance patient census and team member staffing to ensure a safe but efficient work day and is a role model for thinking outside the box on doing things differently. She also empowers all team members to take ownership of the unit and its needs, instilling confidence and motivation to continually improve. As stressful as the manager role is, she maintains a positive attitude and makes difficult days a learning opportunity for all.

Bio

Audrey Rosin is a registered nurse clinical manager at ThedaCare Medical Center in Waupaca who is known for her consistency and integrity as a nurse leader. Devoted to lifelong learning and clinical excellence, she leads the system in staff engagement scores. Audrey’s strength is building collaborative partnerships with physicians and supporting them through what appears to be impossible situations. She has the ability to adjust her communication style based on the situation at hand and is a comforting presence in high stress situations as she maneuvers them with grace and ease. In a healthcare environment where change is so rapid, Audrey has the ability to make sense of chaos, encouraging the nursing team to think beyond what they know. She cultivates a culture of curiosity, often taking the lead on recognizing opportunities to implement evidence-based practice and sharing them with the system. Audrey is constantly living up to her personal mission of “patient care comes first.”

Bio

Amanda Seubert serves as director of the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Birthing Center and hospital clinical resources. As a leader, Amanda is called to deliver hard messages at times to patients, leadership, providers and staff. She delivers these messages eloquently and carefully considers her audience before speaking, taking the time to hear their concerns and provide support as needed. With over 23 years of nursing experience, Amanda motivates and engages teams by listening carefully to their concerns and addressing the issue. Her practical view and ability to call things what they truly are resonates with her staff and motivates them to move forward, knowing that she understands their perspective. Chosen for her knowledge, skills, expertise and confidence, Amanda is one of the few nurse leaders that have been selected to serve in the hospital’s campus-wide administrator on-call role. Her ability to address a situation with calmness and clarity makes her a great nurse leader.

Bio

Best described as a selfless leader, Sue Van Houten serves as a clinical nursing supervisor for Waupun Memorial Hospital’s Dialysis Services. Sue works hard to ensure that each unit is staffed appropriately and has the tools they need to provide excellent care. She is an excellent communicator and a strong advocate for her staff, successfully leading them through many significant changes put in place. Staff members feel comfortable coming to her with any concerns and she is not only a good listening ear, but she offers sound, practical advice when needed. Sue is also an educator at heart with a natural knack for teaching. When training dialysis to new nurses, she takes it upon herself to not only complete training with them but to purchase and walk through a sample test to ensure that they feel ready. She has a natural ability to help others believe in themselves.

2020 Nightingale Award Recipients

Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice

Sara Bronson
Lori Goff
Adam Johnson
Barb Jones
Cindy Kolzow

Nightingale Nurse Leader Award

Audrey Rosin

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  1. Cindy, I can’t think of anyone more deserving of praise and recognition. It’s amazing what you have achieved, and I’m excited to see what else you will do throughout your career. You’re one of a kind, and I’m honored to work with you.

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  2. Congratulations to all the Nurse Excellence and Nurse Leader nominees. Nursing is such an amazing career, look at all the roles represented! This is an amazing award to highlight the dedication and leadership of our nurses. Congratulations again to everyone!

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  3. Congratulations to all the 2020 Nightingale nominees and winners! You have all made a difference in the lives of your patients and are truly deserving of this recognition!

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