Irene Peters Named March of Dimes Nurse of the Year
On Thursday, December 4, Irene Peters, geriatric clinical nurse specialist, was named a 2008 Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes at an event held at the Bellevue Hilton. Peters was honored for her work at Overlake in the category of Advocacy for Patients. Irene has been a practicing nurse for 34 years. She joined Overlake in 2005 and has been a committed clinician for the geriatric patient population and an inspiring educator for all staff here.
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Irene was instrumental in adapting our preprinted order sets to ensure the safest medication prescribing practices for elderly patients. She is the champion for our Falls Prevention work at Overlake and our outcomes are a true indicator of her success. In addition to her work with patients here in the hospital, Irene is also an advocate for our Matter of Balance classes that help seniors increase activity levels and reduce fall risks in everyday life.
Barb Berkau, Director of Nursing, shared, "Irene's leadership skills, her ability to engage staff at all levels and her tremendously huge heart set her apart. Her ability to pull teams together, communicate, educate and change practice in a collaborative environment is phenomenal. Her passion is infectious and she never misses an opportunity to advocate for elderly patients to ensure they remain safe in all settings."