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Star Leadership Institute Graduates

(November 13, 2016) On November 4, 2016, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 219,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, recognized 28 graduating members of the PSNA Star Leadership Institute at the Gettysburg Hotel. The Institute, which began in 2007, is a leadership development program designed to assist nurses in contributing to the delivery of high-quality health care while collaborating with other leaders in the reform needed to redesign health care in the U.S. The following individuals join 119 registered nurse colleagues as Institute alumni:

Donna Alcorn, MEd, RN, CNE / HACC Lancaster

Susan Alexander, RN, MSN, CPAN / Reading Hospital SurgiCenter at Spring Ridge

Christine Allen, MSN, RN / Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Joanna Black, MSN, RN / WellSpan – Philhaven

Lisa Blecker, RN, CCM / Geisinger Community Medical Center

Annie Bruetsch, RN, BSN / Holy Spirit – A Geisinger Affiliate

Brooke L. Chernov, BSN, RN / WellSpan York Hospital

Gwen Coney, RN, MSN, MA, CRNI, VA-BC / 3M

Krystin Dabney, BSN, RN / UPMC St. Margaret Acute Rehabilitation

Mary Beth Farah, MSN, RN, CEN, PHRN / UPMC Passavant

Alison Greifzu, RN, MSN / Waynesboro Hospital

Christine Hafner, MSN, RN / Lehigh Valley Health Network

Wendell Hess, BSN, RN, CCRN / Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Denise Keeler, BSN, RNC-NIC / Lehigh Valley Health Network

Meghan Jones, RN, BSN / UPMC St. Margaret

Patricia N. Markley, RN, BSN, CCRN, CPAN / WellSpan York Hospital

Megan Mook, MSN, RN, CCRN / Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Christina Pallo, BSN, RN, CEN / Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center

Karrie Peterson / Holy Spirit – A Geisinger Affiliate

Mannon Renzella, BSN, RN, CEN / Chambersburg Hospital

Amber Rephann, BSN, RN / Chambersburg Hospital

Julie Reynolds, RN, BSN  / Grand View Hospital

Abigail Rudy, BSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC / Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Missy Shupe, RN / SpiriTrust Lutheran

Laura Stack, MSN, MBA, RN, NE-BC / Reading Health System

Shelly Sweigart, RN / Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries

Amanda Tamashima, RN / Ohesson Manor Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries

Danielle Weaver, BA, BSN, RN

“PSNA Star Leadership Institute graduates are committed to the inclusion of nurses at leadership and decision making tables,” stated PSNA Chief Executive Officer Betsy M. Snook, MEd, BSN, RN. “Institute graduates have completed a competitive application process, two-day educational program, and six-month evidence-based organizational research study. They have matured as individuals, professionals, and leaders. However, this is only the beginning of their excellent work. We look forward to seeing Institute graduates continue to create change within their organizations.”

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