OCN Celebrates its 2023 Outstanding Nurse Preceptor Award Winners

Together with nursing staff and leaders across the state, the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) announced Oregon’s Outstanding Nurse Preceptors for 2023. The third annual event celebrates 24 exceptional nurse preceptors and recognizes their critical roles in advancing the nursing workforce. 

“We could not do this without our nurse preceptors. Preceptors help nurses transition into new positions, but it’s the support and education that also helps keep them there,” says Jana Bitton, Executive Director of OCN. “This annual award celebrates our preceptors but also raises awareness about how essential of a link nurse preceptors are in the workforce chain.” 

From supporting new graduates in their transition to practice to helping an experienced nurse transition to a new specialty or facility, preceptors are essential in the onboarding and retention of nursing staff. Nurse leaders across the state nominated an outstanding preceptor within their facility or organization. 

This year’s award cycle also included the peer-to-peer “Impact Award,” which invited nurses to individually nominate a colleague or preceptor who had a positive impact on their career. Honorees were celebrated in a virtual award ceremony on Wednesday, October 4. 

This year’s Outstanding Nurse Preceptor Award winners include: 

  • Mary Ann Peck, Adventist Health Portland
  • Katrina McKnight, Grande Ronde Hospital  
  • Kindra Wey, Partners in Care 
  • Jennifer Ditter, Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics
  • Alex Johnson, Bay Area Hospital
  • Phonevilay Heuangsackda, Kaiser Permanente
  • Sarah Williams, Hillsboro Medical Clinic
  • Katie Stebbins, Legacy Health – Good Samaritan
  • Harry Huang, PeaceHealth
  • Ana Leon Alvarado, Sky Lakes Medical Center
  • Anna Fischer, St. Charles Health
  • Randi Movich, Winding Waters Clinic
  • Damion Blair, Oregon State Hospital 
  • Lilly Roe, Grande Ronde Hospital
  • Priya Ponniah, Kaiser Permanente 
  • Kirk Constantine, OHSU
  • Jennifer Drayton, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Community Clinic
  • Delaney Hubbard, Providence Medical Group
  • Bridgit Paxton, Samaritan Health
  • Monica Burke, Adventist Health Portland 
  • Kaitlin Scheid, Legacy Health
  • Amanda Fich, Vibra Specialty Hospital
  • Samantha Allen, St. Charles Health
  • Terry Hankins, Pacific Healthcare Training 

More information about this year’s Outstanding Nurse Preceptors is available at oregoncenterfornursing.org/nurse-preceptors. 

About The Oregon Center for Nursing

The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) is a nonprofit workforce center working to advance the nursing profession across Oregon. The organization fulfills its mission of supporting “informed, well-prepared, diverse, and exceptional nursing professionals” through research, education, programming, and community partnerships. Established by nursing leaders in 2002, OCN is regarded by the Oregon state legislature as a leader and advisor for nursing workforce issues, including well-being, job satisfaction, and retention. For more information about the organization and its programming, visit oregoncenterfornursing.org.  

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