Erika Ohlendorf Named to Illinois Nurses Foundation’s 2022 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders List

Riverside Healthcare is proud to announce that Erika Ohlendorf, MSN, MBA, RN, CCRN-K, the Magnet Program manager at Riverside, has been named to the Illinois Nurses Foundation’s 2022 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders list.

The award highlights and celebrates young nurse leaders who are making an impact on health care and the nursing profession today, and who will shape the future of the profession.

“Riverside Healthcare is a three-time Magnet Designated hospital. We could not achieve such a distinction without our nursing leaders, such as Erika,” said LaTivia Carr, chief nursing officer at Riverside Healthcare. “I want to extend my congratulations to Erika for this well-deserved recognition and honor and thank her for her continued commitment to nursing excellence here at Riverside.”

The Illinois Nurses Foundation hosted a reception to honor those named to the 2022 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders list on September 22, in Lisle, Ill.

Erika Ohlendorf MSN, MBA, RN, CCRN-K, Magnet Program Manager

Ohlendorf currently serves as the Magnet Program manager and has been an active member of two of Riverside’s three Magnet Designation teams. As the Magnet Program manager, she oversees the nurses who make up the Riverside Shared Governance Council. The Shared Governance Council gives nurses the ability to take an active role in research, professional development, and a platform to bring new ideas to the leadership teams to better care for the community we serve. Ohlendorf works alongside nursing leadership to encourage the Riverside nurses to offer their highest thinking, kindest touch and a strong commitment to nursing excellence.

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DAISY Winner: Jackie G.

Let’s recognize our newest DAISY Award winner, recovery room RN Jackie Granger! The DAISY Award is an honor that recognizes the exceptional, skillful, and compassionate care these nurses demonstrate for our patients and families every day.

Her nomination read: “On Thursday, June 9th, 2022, I had some vocal cord surgery. I have no family and a friend was out of town. Each nurse, tech and OR people were all very pleasant and caring. While I am an employee and do work at the PCD central waiting desk, I felt, as a patient, the need to share my remarkable experience. The first thing I remember [when] waking in the PACU was Jackie handing me [a] tissue to cough. The procedure was a bit rough on me and I was feeling emotional. I know this is going to sound cheesy, but part of our mission [is] to provide the kindest touch. Well, I experienced it in PACU from Jackie. She held my hand, she touched my cheek, she tried fixing my hair, she talked to me in such a calm and caring tone of voice. Jackie really cared about me and taking care of me. No matter how old a person is or what their life appears to look like, no one really knows what is going on inside of them. Sometimes we all need a reminder of why, as employees, we are here. Thank you, Jackie, for reminding me.”

Congratulations Jackie! Well deserved! #DAISY

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Happy Clinical Nurse Specialists Week!

National Clinical Nurse Specialist Recognition Week (CNS Week) is September 1-7, 2022.

CNS week is an annual event that acknowledges the contributions of the nearly 90,000 Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) in North America.

NACNS established National CNS Recognition Week (CNS week) in 2009 to commemorate and celebrate the birth of Hildegard Peplau, who was born on September 1, 1909. Dr. Peplau was a prominent nursing theorist whose landmark book, Interpersonal Relations in Nursing, emphasized the nurse-client relationship as the foundation for nursing practice and today serves as the basis of the CNS role in health care.

CNS Week is a perfect time for CNSs to celebrate and bring attention to the role, and for hospitals and health care systems to pay tribute to the valuable part CNSs play in health care and healthcare delivery.

Riverside’s Clinical Nurse Specialists include:

  • Jen Dole
  • Elaine Papineau
  • Liz Wirth
  • Deena Layton
  • Margaret Ondrey
  • Sue Giacchino
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Transition to Practice Program – Cohort 4 Graduation

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer LaTivia Carr congratulated our newest graduates of the Riverside Healthcare Transition to Practice Program. This six-month program helps new graduate nurses transition from academics to practice, further developing critical thinking, decision-making, leadership skills, and clinical skills to become successful partners in our health care team.

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DAISY Winner: Katie O.

We are celebrating our fourth-floor Rehab RN Katie Odell as our most recent DAISY Award Winner. The DAISY Award is an honor that recognizes the exceptional, skillful, and compassionate care these nurses demonstrate for our patients and families every day. Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer LaTivia Carr, along with Riverside President and C.E.O. Phil Kambic were on hand today to present the award. At the same time, coworkers and family stood nearby to celebrate.

Her nomination read: “Katie is an exceptional nurse who truly cares about her patients and fellow coworkers. Katie is always there to lend a helping hand when it is needed. Often she will move around her schedule and transfer to nights and help out when we are short-staffed. She will do it without complaints and with a big smile on her face. As for Katie’s patients, she is always there to listen, educate and overall make patients feel comfortable in their time of worry. Katie does not know, but I was in passing one day and overheard Katie listen to the concerns of her patient. This patient had a new brace placed on her foot and she was unable to afford shoes that would fit around the brace. This was hindering the patient’s ability to fully participate in therapy sessions. The very next day Katie walked in and gifted her patient with shoes that would properly fit around her brace, so she could be successful with her rehab journey. This patient would no longer have to worry about the financial burden of new shoes and could focus on returning to her health. Katie truly is selfless and a wonderful team member. I wish Katie never changes and continues on her remarkable journey as an R.N.”

If you have had or witnessed extraordinary nursing care and would like to nominate your Riverside Healthcare nurse, visit

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