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Nancy Rudd is the 2015 Wisconsin Chapter of NAPNAP APN of the Year

Nancy Rudd has been selected at the Advance practice nurse practitioner of the Year – 2015 for the Wisconsin Chapter of NAPNAP.  Nancy works as a Nurse Practitioner for the Herma Heart Center Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Medical College of Wisconsin.

Nancy was nominated by two of her peers who recognized her expertise and holistic approach to patient care.   She provides independent and collaborative care for adults with congenital heart disease both in the inpatient and outpatient setting.  She provides extensive and detailed patient and family education in order to improve the quality of life for these adults living with congenital heart disease.  She provided holistic approach to patient care and is a remarkable advocate for her patients throughout their lifespan.

Nancy is recognized for her role in the development of the nation’s first Interstage Home Monitoring Program for children with single ventricle physiology.  She developed family education materials as well as information/data collection binders for families.  This program is now used in more than 50 other pediatric institutions both nationally and internationally.  She is still committed to the home monitoring program even though her responsibilities have transitioned to adult congenital patients. She is the key contact for the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPCQIC) and often attends the Interstage Clinic to help new nurse practitioner and educate families.

Nancy is described as mentor and preceptor for younger APN’s.  She takes time out of her demanding schedule to teach and demonstrate the best care for these critically ill patients.

Nancy has also become involved in the transition program that aides patient and families in transitioning from pediatric to adult cardiac care.

Nancy has provided numerous lectures on congenital heart disease and Pediatric Cardiac Assessment and care of the cardiac patient at both the state local and national level.

Nancy is also involved in multiple research studies and publications in regards to the care of the cardiac patient.

The Board of Wisconsin Chapter of NAPNAP is proud to award the 2015 APN of the Year to Nancy who exemplifies the best attributes of advance nurse practice nursing and mentor for the next generation of APN”s in the state of Wisconsin.


 2014 Winner:

Terry Kollenbroich has been selected as Advance Practice Nurse Practitioner of the Year- 2014 for the Wisconsin Chapter of NAPNAP.  Terry works as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Aurora Health Care at the Aurora East Troy and the Aurora Waterford Pediatrics clinic.  

Terry was nominated by students who she’s precepted, who recognized her for her ability to educate, mentor and role model the APN role.   The student nominators described Terry as a professional PNP who holds herself to very high standards and who is passionate about the care she provides to pediatric patients and their families.  Terry was described as a preceptor with endless patience, incredible wealth of knowledge, and as a preceptor who takes the time to explain her thought process and the resources available when caring for patients.

Terry’s nomination materials were impressive for the passion by which the students described the experience of being precepted by Terry. Examples of comments received from students included: “She took her time to use every patient situation and every downtime moment to help me learn above and beyond just the surface of what I needed to know as a student.  She provided me with the confidence to know I have the knowledge to practice as an advanced nursing provider and she instilled in me the quality of resourcefulness when I did not know the answer.” “She’s dedicated to providing a great experience for her students.” “She is the most influential preceptor I have worked with.”

The Board of Wisconsin Chapter of NAPNAP is proud to award the 2014 APN of the Year to a Pediatric APN who exemplifies the best attributes of pediatric practice and of mentoring the next generation of APN’s in the state of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin chapter of NAPNAP ( previously known as WAPNAP) is the Wisconsin chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP). Membership of the Wisconsin chapter includes Pediatric and Family Nurse Practitioners, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialists, Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, School Nurses and other Pediatric Nurses from Wisconsin.