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Published on May 23, 2007

Tami Johnson Named Nurse of the Year

May 23, 2007

Tami Johnson, RNTami Johnson, of Kishwaukee Community Hospital has been named Nurse of the Year for KishHealth System.

The award was presented May 10, during the annual KishHealth System Employee Recognition Banquet. Pamela Duffy Vice President of Patient Care Services and Medical Staff Office, presented the award. Each year one nurse is recognized with this honor during National Nurses Week.

Johnson, a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, began her career at KCH in 1983, as a nurse on the surgical floor. Four years later she joined the OB staff and was a Lamaze instructor. She has been recognized for her expert role in both obstetrical and neonatal nursing through national certification in her specialty. She is currently the obstetric clinical development coordinator at KCH.

Johnson is responsible for evidence based practice as well as orientation and ongoing education for the health system and OB nursing employees. During the past year, she has been very instrumental in developing plans for transitioning into the new hospital and in implementing new procedures that optimize patient safety, namely bedside medication verification and surgical infection prevention.

“Tami has done an outstanding job in consistently exceeding the expectations of our patients, staff and physicians,” said Duffy. “She deserves recognition for her affability, professionalism, teaching abilities and outstanding clinical care.”

The Nurse of the Year receives a $500 award to apply toward continuing education.

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