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Talon Achieves, Kahkonen Maintains Status of Clinical Level III Nurse

Registered nurses Amy Kahkonen, RN has achieved the status of Level III Nursing for the third time, and Diane Talon, RN-C has obtained the status of Clinical Nurse III in the Nursing Advancement Program at Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH). The Nursing Advancement Program was established to enhance professional growth and development, and recognize achievements. Level III Clinical Nurses demonstrate consistently high standards of caring, expertise, professional behavior, leadership, communication skills and extraordinary attention to safety.

Amy has been employed in the Medical Surgical Department at Stephens Memorial Hospital for 15 years and is "an invaluable member of the team," according to Nurse Director Anita Day.  In addition to her Clinical Level III Status, Amy has her ANCC Medical Surgical Certification and actively participates on the Nursing Clinical Advancement and Retention Council.

Amy lives in Otisfield with her husband and two young daughters. 

Diane is a nurse on The Family Birthplace at SMH, she has been here for nearly 5 years.   She is Certified in electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) and teaches EFM to SMH nurses as well as nurses from other hospitals.  Alison Newton, Nurse Director of the Family Birthplace states, "Diane is a highly skilled nurse in OB and has been a very enthusiastic participant on the Evidence Based Practice Council, which mirrors her commitment to the nursing profession."

Diane lives in Turner.

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