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Medical/Surgical & ICU Nurse Director Receives MSN

Western Maine Health Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook, RN, MBA, EdD was pleased to announce recently that Anita Day, RN, BSN, MSN recently received her Masters degree in Nursing in Health Care Systems Management (HCSM) from Loyola University in New Orleans, LA.

Anita has been the Nurse Director of the Medical Surgical and ICU departments at Stephens Memorial Hospital since December 2004.  Prior to her management role, Anita worked in a variety of nursing positions at SMH including as staff RN in Medical Surgical and ICU, Relief Supervisor for 6 years, Cardiac Rehab Coordinator 6 years and CHF Coordinator for 2 years. She also coordinated the Advanced Cardiac Life Support program for several years.   During her time away from SMH she worked as a Per Diem RN in the Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital, Conway, NH; and as a Clinical Instructor for St. Joseph's College, Nursing Program.

Educationally, in addition to her MSN, Anita has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is certified as an ACLS Instructor, and is a Neonatal Resuscitation Provider. She is also an ADEF (Diabetes) instructor.  

Cook shares, "Anita is highly respected by nurses as well as physicians for her clinical expertise and solid judgment. She has utilized her clinical, organizational, and educational skills to transform the staff and the culture. She is a true leader and an excellent manager, and keeps things in perspective with a great sense of humor.  We are proud of her latest accomplishment!"

To fulfill her internship requirements, Anita worked with a chronic care management program out of Portland. Despite their location, she found a way to combine the health education needs of the Oxford Hills Community with her need to author her final graduate paper. In December, she submitted a grant proposal for Stephens Memorial Hospital to offer a health education series called "Living Well: Chronic Disease Self Management." 

In January, the Hospital was informed that we were the recipients of the $4,000 grant award.  Thank you Anita!  More information will follow!

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