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The Nurses Station – Sept/Oct 2015

Aug 21, 2015 12:10PM ● By MED Magazine


The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) announced that Jackie Kuchta, RN, BSN, CDE, CPT of Mercy Medical Center achieved Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) status by successfully completing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators. Candidates must meet rigorous eligibility requirements to be able to take the examination. Achieving certification status demonstrates to people with diabetes that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes. Currently, there are over 18,800 diabetes educators who hold NCBDE certification.


Jackie has been in Mercy's Diabetic Education Department for the past 2 ½ years.  She is a Certified Insulin Pump Trainer, and also has spent the last several years volunteering her time at Camp Hertko Hollow, a summer program in central Iowa dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth who have diabetes.

Mercy has three other Certified Diabetes Educators on staff, including Tafi Lorinser, RN, CDE; Marge Mathern, RN, CDE; and Nancy Rosston, RD, CDE. 

Patty Lansdowne, Registered Nurse (RN), received the June DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses at Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH). She provides hospice care to patients in their homes and has worked at RCRH for more than three years.


Lansdowne was nominated for the DAISY Award by a patient’s wife who said Lansdowne gave her confidence to better care for her husband at home by providing caring information and advice.


“Because of Hospice and Patty, I believe we were able to help my husband live at home with dignity during his illness. I am very thankful that he was able to die in peace,” the patient’s wife said.



Jeremy Gaudino, Registered Nurse (RN), received the May DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses at Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH). He provides patient care in the Progressive Care Unit and has worked at RCRH for more than four years.



Gaudino was nominated for the DAISY Award by a patient’s wife who said her husband is regularly hospitalized and Gaudino is someone anyone can count on.


“Jeremy goes above and beyond for his patients. He keeps up with our family and answers our questions and shows concern while demonstrating keen skills and strong compassion. When Jeremy is on duty, I feel safe leaving my husband,” the patient’s wife said.

Nurses at Sanford Worthington Medical Center have also been honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award, presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The Award at Sanford Worthington Medical Center is sponsored by the Sanford Health Network Executive Team.

The recipients of the DAISY Award are Jamie Cranston, RN and Lorna Donahue, RN.  Both received nominations from patients they had cared for.

Both nurses stated they were very humbled to receive the award.  “It is so nice to hear that you made an impact in someone’s life,” Cranston stated.  “The award was totally unexpected,” Donahue mentioned.  “Each day when I come to work, I try to do the best job I can for my patients.” 

Cranston has worked at Sanford Worthington Medical Center since January 2000.  Donahue began working at Sanford Worthington Medical Center in October 2001.