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TODAY news for Thursday, July 20, 2006

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Medical Center celebrates achievements of registered nurses

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Nursing participants in the RN new graduate program celebrate at a luncheon held Thursday, June 29, 2006. Pictured (seated, from left) are Ghinette Tamano, RN, MSN, staff development educator/coordinator RN new graduate program; Louise Lenz, RN, 6100, program participant; Jane Benjamine, RN, 1300, program participant; Victoria Rodriguez, RN, 7100, program participant; and Abi Chelbegean, RN, 1300, program participant. Standing are (from left) Amber Gollogly, RN, 4200 clinical educator; Traci Gasche, RN, 8300 clinical educator; Laura Zavala-Aranda, RN, BSN, 7300 clinical educator; Paula Gordon, RN, BSN, 7200 clinical educator; Sandra Letts, RN, BSN, 4700 clinical educator; Sunny Kim, RN, BNS, 1200/1300/1400 clinical educator; Beth Cook, RN, MSN, 7300 nurse manager; and Penny Amornvut, RN, BSN, 7100 clinical educator.
Twenty-five Loma Linda University Medical Center adult division nurses were honored with a luncheon on Thursday, June 29.

The celebration was held in honor of nurses who participated in the spring 2006 RN new graduate program. The program is a 12-to-15-week program designed for graduate nurses with focused didactic classes and clinical bedside training.

“At the completion of the program, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s department of staff development hosts a celebration luncheon to recognize the achievement of the new nursing staff,” says Ghinette H. Tamano, critical care educator for the staff development office.

At the luncheon, participants in the program are given the opportunity to once again fellowship with other staff, educators, nurse managers, and nursing administration.

Program participants also receive a certificate of achievement with an RN lapel pin with the poem, “Being a Nurse Means.”

“The program is well received by the nurses who participate, as it supports their professional and social integration into the nursing profession at Loma Linda,” Ms. Tamano says.

New programs will begin in July, August, and October 2006. For more information, please contact Ms. Tamano at extension 37818.

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, July 20, 2006