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Nurse of the Year - Oregon & SW Washington

DATE: Friday, June 1, 2018  |  Time: 8:30 AM
LOCATION: Oregon Convention Center
ADDRESS: 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97232

For more information, please contact Michaela Durham at tel: 971-270-2891 or email


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Nurse of the Year Awards is an elegant awards breakfast and fundraiser that brings together the healthcare community in Oregon and southwest Washington to recognize nursing excellence and achievements in research, education, quality patient care, innovation and leadership. Fifteen awards will be presented to the most outstanding nurse within each category as well as an overall outstanding nurse will receive Distinguished Nurse of the Year.  

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ruth Williams-Brinkley, RN

Ruth Williams-Brinkley, RN, is the president, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. In this role, Williams-Brinkley oversees all of Kaiser Permanente’s care delivery and health plan operations in Oregon and markets in Vancouver and Longview/Kelso, Washington.

Williams-Brinkley holds bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees from De Paul University, an honorary doctoral degree from Spaulding University, and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has consistently appeared on Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare and Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare, and was named one of Becker’s Most Admired CEOs.



March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We believe that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. We are changing that.
We are stronger and more committed than ever to guiding moms through every stage of the pregnancy journey. We are fighting for the smallest among us and advocating for their health each and every day.  And we do so with the tools, technology and knowledge needed to build a brighter future for us all.


Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committees we are honored to present the Nurse of the Year Awards. Through months of support these volunteers have taken the event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generous team who has made this awards event possible.

Revenue Chair: Victoria King, MHA, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, PeaceHealth


Debbie Buchwach, MSN, RN-BC
Director of Professional Practice, Ambulatory Nursing & Optimization, Kaiser Permanente

Megan Boyle RN, MS, CNS, NE-BC
Regional Director for Clinical Operations, Providence Health and Services-Oregon

Shari Davis, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN
Critical Care Director, RCH Nursing Services, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

Deborah Eldredge, Ph.D., R.N.
Director, Quality/Research/Magnet Recognition Program, OHSU

Ben Farber, DNP, RN, CNL, NEA-BC  ​
Chief Nursing Officer, PeaceHealth - Sacred Heart Medical Center-University District

Cindy Hill, RN, BA, MSN
Nursing Chief Executive Officer, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

Trece Gurrad, RN, MSN
Vice President of Patient Care Services, Columbia Memorial Hospital

Lisa Ketchum, MSN, RN
Director, Women & Children’s Services, Salem Health

Melisa Linnman, RN, BSN
Senior Clinical Manager - Pacific Northwest, Hill-Rom

Ashlee O’Meara MSN-NL, BS-Ed, RN, CEN
Nursing Professional Practice Program Manager, Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente

Regina Rose, RN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer, Bay Area Hospital

Florence Wallace, RN, BSN
Professional Development Consultant, Ambulatory Nursing & Optimization


Adult Acute Care
Medical, orthopedics, neurological, renal, respiratory, cardiovascular, adult oncology, nursing dependent upon specialty for either category.
Advance Practice
Advance Practice, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Psychotherapist.
Ambulatory Care/Clinic Care
Rapid, focused assessments of patients, long-term nurse/patient/family relationships and teaching and translating care into doable activities for patients and their caregivers.
Case Management, Occupational Health & Utilization Review
Nurse who reviews individual and workplace medical cases, ensuring that they are getting the most appropriate care and level of support. May work for employers, insurance companies or in a health care facility setting. Examples may include, but not limited to: Case/Care Manager, Employee Health, Care Coordinator and Hospital Concurrent Review.
Charge Nurse
Registered Nurses in general medical/surgical or specialty unit care of nursing who function in the Charge Nurse role. Includes adult ICU/CCU, IMC, cath lab and special procedures, PTCA, Interventional Radiology, ER, Surgical, Labor & Delivery, NICU, with immediate care units and PICU.
Community & Public Health
RNs who have made significant professional or voluntary contributions in community based settings such as public schools, community outreach, public health or tribal communities.
Critical Care 
Includes adult ICU/CCU, IMC, PTCA and Interventional Radiology.

Includes ER, flight, ambulance, pre-hospital, telephone triage and Pediatric ER.

Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab and Palliative Care
Nursing in inpatient/outpatient hospice settings and nursing in all home health care settings, Long Term Acute Care Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Acute Rehabilitation Long Term Care Facilities.
Mental & Behavioral Health
Nursing that has specialized in mental health and cares for people of all ages with mental illness or mental distress, developmental disabilities and addiction rehabilitation.
Nurse Education & Research
Nurse with primary function to educate RNs in the clinical setting. Nurses contributing to the field of Nursing through Research and Publications.
Nurse Leader
Registered Nurses who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in nursing or patient care. May include: Entrepreneurs, Consultants, CNE’s, CNO’s, VP’s, and Administrative Directors; also those with supervisory roles in a clinical or non-clinical setting; full-time, shift/clinical coordinators and Department Directors or Department Managers.
Pediatric Care
General Pediatric Units, Pediatric Clinics, Pediatric Oncology, Intermediate Care Units, PICU & NICU, Pediatric Transport.
Rising Star
Nurse who is newly hired and a first time nurse within first 18 months of practice (or currently in undergraduate nursing school), exemplifies outstanding care, leadership and professionalism.
Surgical Services
Nurse in Perioperative, PACU, Day Surgery, OR and Endoscopy.
Women’s Health
Antepartum, Intrapartum, Maternal/Baby Care, Postpartum and Gynecology (No Certified Midwives – see Advanced Practice).