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Thurston - Birthplace RN Certified

Western Maine Health Vice President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook, RN, MBA, EdD, announced recently that Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH) Registered Nurse Karen Thurston, RNC-OB, BSN, who works in The Family Birthplace has become certified in Inpatient Obstetric Nursing.


Karen took a 2 day intensive program and exam, developed by the National Certification Corporation for Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties, which focuses heavily on labor and fetal assessment.  Karen's years of nursing and heavy reading and studying for 2 months prior to the exam helped her succeed.


Nurse Director of The Family Birthplace, Alison Newton, RN, states, "I am honored to recognize Karen Thurston for becoming a Certified Inpatient OB Registered Nurse.  During her time at the Birthplace, she has continuously strived for professional growth and has played a key role in optimizing quality patient care. She is a leader within our unit and this hospital, a resource to her coworkers, and a true team player. Congratulations Karen!"


Thurston has worked in The Family Birthplace at SMH for 9 years.  Prior to coming to SMH, she worked at Maine General Hospital in Waterville; Karen attended the University of Maine, attaining a bachelor of science degree in nursing.  Karen serves on the SMH Magnet Committee as well as two

Nursing Councils that are part of the Shared Governance System recently adopted by nursing.  Karen is a certified breast feeding counselor, teaches neonatal resuscitation, and is a Clinical Level III nurse.


Stephens Memorial Hospital is a Leapfrog Top Rural Hospital and a member of MaineHealth.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at





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