Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Oregon Army Guard Aeromedical Nurse Practitioner honored with national award


SALEM, Ore.—Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Sarah Wickenhagen, a physician’s assistant and Aeromedical Nurse Practitioner with the Oregon National Guard’s Medical Command, based in Salem, has recently been named by the American Association ofNurse Practitioners (AANP) as one of the recipients of their prestigious State Award for Excellence for 2014.

Wickenhagen, FNP, DNP, is also a policy analyst for the Oregon State Board of Nursing. She and other nurse practitioners and advocates will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2014 National Conference June 17-22, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn. 

The State Award for Nurse PractitionerExcellence, founded in 1991, recognizes a nurse practitioner (NP) in a state who demonstrates excellence in practice.  In 1993, the State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate was added to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and acceptance of the NP.

Prior to joining the Board of Nursing in March, Wickenhagen worked in the Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing teaching in the graduate nursing programs and working clinically in Pre-Operative Medicine.  She has a varied background that includes serving as an Army Nurse and caring for patients across the lifespan in both primary and acute care settings.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1996 from the University of Mobile, located in Mobile, Ala., and her Masters of Science and Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from OHSU in 2005 and 2013, respectively.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband who is an Army helicopter pilot and her two children.

The AANP is the largest professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties.  It represents the interests of the nation's 189,000 NPs, including more than 50,000 members, providing a unified networking platform, and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered, and personalized health care.

CONGRATS to Capt. Wickenhagen!

--Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

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