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Centegra associate receives Nurse of the Year award

Centegra Health System associate Jennifer Kennedy (left) was recently honored by the Woodstock Moose Lodge as Nurse of the Year. Joining her for the awards ceremony was Sue Schiemiding, Centegra's director of the patient experience.
Centegra Health System associate Jennifer Kennedy (left) was recently honored by the Woodstock Moose Lodge as Nurse of the Year. Joining her for the awards ceremony was Sue Schiemiding, Centegra's director of the patient experience.

WOODSTOCK – Centegra Health System nurse Jennifer Kennedy has received the Woodstock Moose Lodge annual Nurse of the Year Award.

A medical surgical nurse educator, Kennedy accepted the award Nov. 3 at the sixth annual Woodstock Community Hero Awards at the Woodstock Moose Lodge and Family Center No. 1329.

"Jennifer unselfishly spends long hours providing quality education to our nursing team to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to meet our vision of providing exceptional care to our community,” said Sue Schmieding, director of the patient experience at Centegra. “She also serves as the founder and president of our local chapter of the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses and shares many of the Centegra’s processes and outcomes with nurses across the country.”

Kennedy was nominated by nursing leadership at Centegra. She was graduated in 2002 from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor of science in nursing and became part of the Centegra team in January 2010. She continued her education while working full time as a nurse and received a master of science in nursing from Northern Illinois University.

“Jennifer has a passion for nursing education,” Schmieding said. “She is highly regarded by her peers and by direct care nurses.”

Kennedy serves as a member of the clinical practice committee at Centegra and has brought evidence-based changes to the health system to improve patient care. She also helped develop bedside shift report at Centegra, a practice that allows oncoming and off-going nurses to visualize the patient and exchange care information while the patient and his or her family listens and contributes. This practice is strongly linked to patient safety and continuity of care.

“Jennifer has a deep commitment to Centegra nurses and patients and she is a wonderful example of leading through excellence and inspiring others to achieve greatness in nursing,” Schmieding said. “She is very deserving of this award.”

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