Care Flight nurses nominated for Achievement Award |

Care Flight nurses nominated for Achievement Award

Photo courtesy Care FlightCare Flight nurse Alison Kesler on the job, which requires on-the-spot decision making as an acute care nurse.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement Awards have become the coveted manner to recognize nursing excellence in Northern Nevada. There are 14 nursing categories awarded each year. Since the first ceremony in 1999, Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement has honored hundreds of nurses, promoting nurses and their contribution to healthcare.

The mission of the Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement Committee is to honor nursing and the profession of nursing by recognizing outstanding individuals within northern Nevada and to encourage the ongoing growth of nursing by supporting future nurses via scholarships and recognition of their efforts.

This year, two of Care Flight’s seasoned flight nurses were nominated for these prestigious awards. Truckee resident and Care Flight nurse Alison Kesler was nominated for excellence in the category of critical care nursing. Flight nursing requires a nurse to be knowledgeable in every aspect of nursing and critical care and have the confidence to make autonomous decisions based on patient assessment, protocols and judgment. and#8220;Alison embodies every aspect of acute care nursing and is very deserving of this recognition,and#8221; said Chief Nursing Officer Diane Rolfs. Alison began her career flying with Care Fight in 2001. She previously worked in at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s program, AirCare and at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee. In addition to her current full-time position at Care Flight, Alison works part time at the Truckee Surgery Center.

The second Care Flight nominee, Karen Thiele, has been nominated for excellence in the nursing education award category. Karen has been flying for Care Flight since 1999 and is currently the Clinical Development and Continuous Quality Improvement Coordinator. In addition to this full-time position, Karen continues to fly as her schedule allows. Within the scope of her position, Karen is responsible for assessing the educational needs of the medical flight team and providing educational opportunities for the flight nurses and paramedics. and#8220;What makes Karen a unique nursing educator is her dedication to evidence-based practice and providing education both in practice and theory that is based on current research and improving the quality of the care provided to the patient,and#8221; said Rolfs.

and#8220;It is an honor that two of our dedicated flight nurses have been nominated for these achievement awards,and#8221; said Temple Fletcher, program director for Care Flight. and#8220;This type of recognition continues to highlight the wonderful and talented staff we have. We are very proud of Alison and Karen.and#8221;

The 2012 Awards Ceremony is on Friday, May 11, at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev.

About Care Flight

Care Flight is a nonprofit community service, which utilizes no tax dollars. Care Flight, headquartered in Reno, Nev., has served the northern Nevada and northeastern California area since 1981. Care Flight aviation is operated by Air Methods and staffs three bases 24 hours per day, seven days per week in Reno, Nev., Gardnerville, Nev., and Truckee. Each base covers a 150 miles radius totaling 40,000 square miles. Each aircraft is staffed with a critical care flight nurse and critical care paramedic. Care Flight is a division of the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA). Care Flight is always standing by ready to respond at a moment’s notice to the requests from public safety agencies, hospitals, physicians, or other health or public service organizations.

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