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Clinical Practice Facilitator Laura Honored as Nurse Excellence for June 2019

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  • Written By: Melanie Zaffuto

Clinical Practice Facilitator Laura has received the North Oaks Health System Nurse Excellence Award for June 2019.
Clinical Practice Facilitator Laura

In 2008, Laura joined the Operating Room as a Circulator. She became a Clinical Practice Facilitator specializing in education related to the care of patients before and after surgery in 2011. “Nursing is all about touching lives and lives touching yours along the way,” is a quote by an unknown author that has come to define Laura’s approach to her job.

One of the most rewarding aspects of nursing is caring for others without expecting anything in return,” shares Laura.

A graduate of William Carey College in New Orleans, Laura is certified as a Trauma Nurse and is Secretary for the local chapter of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. She also serves on various North Oaks professional development-related committees.

Laura lives in Albany with her husband Jason and their children – William, 15; and Madelyn, 12.

Away from work, Laura travels extensively to dance competitions with Madelyn and volunteers at North Oaks-sponsored events, including Sports Medicine Physical Day. Recently, she’s also taken up cookie decorating.

Laura adds, “If I wasn’t a nurse, I would have gone to pastry school and opened a bakery or coffee shop!”

“Laura is quick to recognize her peers for their accomplishments," asserts North Oaks Perioperative Director Susie Edler. "As a respected advocate for professional development, she recently developed a simulation program for our staff to practice critical thinking and problem-solving in scenario-based situations.”