FLAGSTAFF-Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) nurse Jennifer Seemann was recently named "Nurse of the Year" by the March of Dimes in the pediatrics category. Nurses from across Arizona were honored at the fourth annual March of Dimes Arizona Nurse of the Year awards gala presented by Health Net.
Seemann was nominated by her peers because she is a resource for staff in the area of pediatric nursing, exhibits strong leadership skills and offers an expertise in caring for critically ill children. She also was recognized for her constant encouragement, kindness and grace toward coworkers, patients and their families and for always doing what it takes to provide the best care possible to her young patients.
Seemann joined FMC in September 2006 and is a registered nurse in FMC's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She earned her associates degree in nursing in 1990. Besides working in the U.S., Seemann also has worked in hospitals in Canada and Saudi Arabia.
In addition to Seemann's nomination and recognition, two FMC nurses were nominated as finalists. Jillian Combrink was nominated in the Advancing the Profession category and Gayle Kipnis was nominated in the Education category. Additional FMC nurse nominees include Beth Barton and Lisa Nelson in the Patient Care category; Cindi Carter, Karen Grayberg and Cathy Thoemmes in the Leadership category; Susie Boehm and Cindy Sanders in the Education category; Pamela Baliad in the Advancing the Profession category; Jan Sliva in the Community Service category; and Joan Gaunt, Diann Reyes and Myrna Lu Swenson in the Mentoring category.