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AVH honors Zedler as Nurse of Year

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen Valley Hospital has announced the selection of Maureen Zedler as its 1999 Nurse of the Year.

Zedler first joined the nursing staff at AVH after moving to Aspen in the 1970s. She left the area, but returned several years later. When she returned to Aspen Valley Hospital in 1997, she took a position as staff nurse in the Perinatal Department.

Zedler, according to the AVH announcement, is the model rural nurse.

She was instrumental in developing and implementing an RN/Physician Collaboration Model that has been up and running at AVH for two years. In January, the perinatal director took a six-month leave of absence and Zedler stepped up to take on the role of interim manager in her absence.

Aspen Valley Hospital has experienced a baby boom over the past two years, and Zedler is credited with seeing the hospital’s Perinatal Department through this growth period.

With an increase in babies comes an increased need for experienced obstetrics nurses. A nationwide shortage of specialty nurses has made it difficult for AVH to recruit additional help, but Zedler has stepped up to help, said Linda Karaus, director of nursing.

“As you probably know, babies coming into this world do not necessarily space themselves at the convenience of hospital staff.” said Karaus. “That makes it difficult to predict staffing levels. Maureen, in addition to her duties as interim OB manager, is willing to fill in as needed as a bedside nurse to assure high standards of care for our patients.”

Upon receiving her Nurse of the Year Award, Zedler said, “I am very grateful and honored to be recognized, but I feel every AVH nurse deserves to be named Nurse of the Year. You all work so hard.”

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