CVMC Nurse Recognized for Expertise and Exceptional Care

RN Teaches Valuable Skills to Save Live at CVMC

Teresa Kattke, MSN, RN, NNP-BC was presented with the Chris Blackert Outstanding Rural Nurse of the Year award earlier this month by the Arizona Perinatal Trust at their annual conference held in Flagstaff.

Teresa came to Sierra Vista in early 1994 where she has worked at the now Canyon Vista Medical Center as a Registered Nurse and Nursery Educator in the Women and Children Services Department. Teresa is dedicated to education in her community, she has been teaching Neo Natal Resuscitation to nurses, paramedics, EMTs, physicians and providers since 1988, totaling over 200 classes, along with her colleague, Cindy Stevens, RN.

“The challenge rural nurses have is that they have to care for everybody, no matter the age. By teaching this valuable skill, I can leave an imprint that saves lives, baby’s lives,” said Kattke.

Kattke also serves as an adjunct instructor at Cochise Community College, “I have a knack for instruction; I can make information read in a book relevant so it translates to live experience”.

Teresa was nominated for the award by Jeanne Wiedemann, NNP-BC.

“It was obvious from the start of her career that she was unlike anyone we had worked with in rural Arizona. She was experienced, skilled, and love to teach,” said Wiedemann in her letter of recommendation to the Trust. “She is frequently called in to assist with stabilizations and resuscitations of sick new borns. She loves her babies and offers parents excellent care and prenatal education,” noted Wiedemann.

Kattke summed it all up sharing, “We have experts here in Sierra Vista.  Our administration is dedicated to helping us get the most relevant education, even sending us to national conferences to make sure we keep up with the standards of care.”


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