Nurse Week Recognizes Excellence May 6-12

Media Contact: 
Erin Bergin, Nurse Week Committee Chair, (509) 664-4868 ext. 7583
Jenny Capelo, Wenatchee Valley College Dean of Allied Health, (509) 682-6662

NCW Nurse Week Committee is proud to acknowledge the nurses of North Central Washington for their commitment to excellence. This year’s Nurse Week will take place in conjunction with the National Nurse Week from May 6-12.

Events during the NCW Nurse Week include:

  • May 9, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wells Hall Theatre, WVC campus: “Is the Count Correct” workshop by Lori Linenberger, Washington Health Professional Services.
  • May 10, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Red Lion Hotel: Continuing education workshop by Peg Tobin, RN, author, and President of Tobin and Associate. She will present on the topics of “Making a Difference-Being Me,” “Ac ‘count-on-me’ ability,” and “Delegate or Suffocate.
  • May 10, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel: No-host networking mixer presented by the Wenatchee Valley College Alumni Network will be held prior to the Nurses of the Year Celebration.
  • May 10, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Red Lion Hotel: Nurses of the Year Celebration with keynote speaker Peg Tobin, RN, author and President of Tobin and Associate, and recognition of local nurses.

To purchase tickets for the Nurses of the Year Celebration or register for workshops, visit

The Nurses of the Year to be recognized at the celebration are:

  • Rachel Smith, RN, for Excellence in Clinical Nursing
  • Amy Daley, RN, for Excellence in Community Care
  • Secrett Simmons, RN, for Excellence in Education & Mentorship
  • Leeza Thomas, RN, for Excellence in Leadership
  • Debra Vandegraft, RN, for Excellence in Management
  • Jon Gleason, RN, for Excellence in Volunteerism

Proceeds raised during the Nurses of the Year Celebration provide scholarship opportunities for local nursing students and nurses pursuing advanced degrees. The application can be found at or available at the banquet.

“The people of North Central Washington are very lucky to have the caliber of health care providers we have here in our region. We are proud to acknowledge that excellence,” said Erin Bergin, NCW Nurse Week Committee Chair. 


NCW Nurse Week Committee is a 501(c)3 organization that organizes the North Central Washington Nurse Week each year to recognize our region’s nurses for their commitment to excellence. NCW Nurse Week also awards scholarships to our area nursing students to help them achieve the goal of becoming a nurse. Visit the NCW Nurse Week website at

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