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SMH RNs Excel

Western Maine Health Vice President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook, RN, MBA, EdD, announced recently that Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH) Registered Nurse Shannon Staples, RN-C who works on The Family Birthplace has recently earned her Clinical Level III status.


The Nursing Advancement Program was established to enhance professional growth and development, recognize achievement and hard work, and to retain qualified nursing staff. Level III Clinical Nurses are considered proficient in their profession and assume leadership responsibilities in their departments and units.  These nurses demonstrate excellent clinical practice by recognizing significant aspects of situations and quickly identifying problems and solutions.  They are a resource to their peers and also demonstrate competence in more than one nursing department.


The committee granting Level III status shared that Shannon's, "excellent obstetrical nursing skills and education of both patients and families as well as her peers were exceptional, and that she continuously seeks to improve the quality of her care." 


Staples has been employed at the Family Birthplace for 10 years; she has been a nurse for 32 years.  She is a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.  She sits on the Birthplace Unit Based Nursing Council as well as their Clinical Micro-Systems Team.


Two other registered nurses, Amy Kahkonen, RN and Diane Talon, RN, also continue their Level III status, renewing for the fourth and second time respectively.


Amy has been employed in the Medical Surgical Department at Stephens Memorial Hospital for 17 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 daughters. 


Diane is a nurse on The Family Birthplace at SMH, she has been here for 7 years.   She is a certified obstetrics nurse, holds certifications in electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) and teaches EFM to SMH nurses as well as nurses from other hospitals.  Diane lives in Turner.


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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