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Newsmaker: Heather Ambrose

Friday, July 10, 2009

Age: 31

Residence: Irwin

Family: Husband, Matthew; two children, Joseph and Rachel

Occupation: Training and education specialist at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Education: Bachelor of science in nursing from Thiel College

Background: Ambrose was responsible for coordinating the education and orientation of hospital staff transitioning to the hospital in Lawrenceville. She helped develop checklists and day-in-the-life scenarios for departments and recruited people who provided tours to staff. She worked to incorporate technology from nurse call systems to telephone training. Ambrose is a national member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses, and was asked to present this past year at its national conference as well as at four other national conferences. She has been an active participant on the Child Health Care Corporation of America initiative involving developing a critical-thinking curriculum for acute care nurses.

Noteworthy: Ambrose received the LeMoyne Award for Excellence in Nursing at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Quote: "Nurses are the heart and soul of Children's Hospital, and I'm honored and humbled to have been chosen for this award. The leadership role I have had, to help prepare our entire staff for the move to the new hospital over the past year, was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I'm proud to have been part of such a successful move."




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