JCC Alumni Nurses, UPMC Honored

(L to R): Jennifer Cummings, Robin Ferrari, Kelly Waid, Maryann Wilcox, Roxanne Spengler, Tracey Sakpal, Nadean Huck, and Julie Apperson. Absent were Sami Scott Placer, Jennifer Ruggles, and Angela Swain.

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The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association honored several alumni nurses recently.
Julie Apperson, a psychiatric nurse practitioner for UPMC Chautauqua, received the 2018 Nurse of Distinction Award. The award honors a person who exemplifies JCC’s tradition of excellence and brings credit to the college through professional achievement. Ms. Apperson was nominated for the award by the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.
After graduating from JCC, Ms. Apperson earned a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in healthcare administration. She helped institute naloxone training at the Chautauqua County Jail and pioneered a program at UPMC Chautauqua involving needle exchange, hepatitis screening, and vaccinations.
Other nominees for the Nurse of Distinction Award were:
o Jennifer Cummings, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at California University of Pennsylvania, is a nurse at Warren General Hospital. She serves on the hospital’s documentation, CODE review, and patient satisfaction committees.
o Robin Ferrari, a nurse manager of the medical-surgical and critical care units at Warren General Hospital, is also an adjunct nursing instructor at JCC. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing.
o Nadean Huck, a clinician fellow at UPMC Chautauqua, is considered the clinical expert, educator, and resource for the nursing staff. She has worked in the hospital’s intensive care unit throughout most of her career.
o Sami Scott Placer, director of surgical services at Bradford Regional Medical Center, holds a bachelor’s degree, doctorate, and nursing certifications. She served previously as a nurse educator at BRMC and as the clinical education director at BRMC and Olean General Hospital.
o Jennifer Ruggles, a nurse director for the progressive care, post-surgical, sub-acute rehabilitation, and intensive care units at Olean General Hospital. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing education.
o Tracey Sakpal, who holds a bachelor’s degree and several nursing certifications, is a nurse and neonatal resuscitation program educator at Brooks Memorial Hospital. She also assists with the new RN orientation in obstetrics.
o Roxanne Spengler, a charge nurse in the sub-acute unit at Lutheran Jamestown, began her nursing career as a phlebotomist and emergency medicine nurse.
o Angela Swain, a charge nurse at Olean General Hospital and a member of the Unit Practice Council for Medical-Surgical and Pediatrics. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication disorder and psychology.
o Kelly Waid, who was a certified nursing assistant prior to becoming the RN supervisor at the Bradford Ecumenical Home, oversees 60 employees and is responsible for the care of 100 residents.
o Maryann Wilcox, an adjunct nursing instructor and assistant health center director at JCC, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. She worked in the medical-surgical, ICU, and inpatient mental health departments at WCA Hospital.
In addition, UPMC Chautauqua was recognized with the Agency of Distinction award. Cited for its commitment to JCC’s nursing program since 1963, the former WCA Hospital was the first clinical site established for JCC nursing students. The hospital is now one of 40 agencies that provide JCC students with clinical experience opportunities.