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Congratulations to the NCW Nurses of the Year

The North Central Washington Nurses of the Year winners were recently announced. Two are from Central Washington Hospital, and one is from Wenatchee Valley Medical Center.

Joanne Hill, ARNP, is the winner in the category of advancing and leading the profession. Joanne is a primary care provider for adults at Central Washington Hospital’s Internal Medicine Clinic. She has worked as a nurse practitioner since 1980 and is regarded as having paved the way for the use of mid-levels in the Wenatchee healthcare system. She was recently named president of the board of directors of Columbia Valley Community Health. Joanne is greatly respected among her peers for her knowledge in healthcare issues and for looking at the whole patient. Patients and co-workers describe her as flexible, respectful and compassionate.

Allison Osborne, RN, is the winner in the category of home/community/ambulatory care. Allison is an oncology nurse case manager at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and is known for multitasking in a very busy department, serving complex patient needs and communicating effectively. She is regarded as very knowledgeable, able to remain calm and effective under pressure, and helpful with her co-workers in every regard.

Amy Eckert, RN, is the winner in the category of inpatient clinical care. Amy is a charge nurse in the Progressive Care Unit at Central Washington Hospital and is considered an indispensable member of the nursing leadership team in her unit. She also serves as the subject matter expert in Cerner and is regarded as a leader, problem solver, educator and advocate for nursing staff and patients alike. Amy has served on several multidisciplinary hospital improvement teams, and she is planning to pursue her bachelor’s degree in nursing this fall.

The other NCW Nurses of the Year winners are Patti Kyle, RN (Wenatchee Valley College) in the category of education and mentorship; Jody Buchmann, RN (Columbia Valley Community Health) in the category of patient and staff management; Verna Zuttermeister, RN (retired/Women’s Resource Center) in the category of volunteerism and service; and Marshall Snoddy, RN (Columbia Valley Community Health).