Officer Bios

 

Brenda Hicks Wickersham RN, MAV, CRN; NWARIN President 2018-2020

As your NWARIN President, I want to serve the needs of nurses who are committed to quality patient care in the imaging world.  Whether you are new or old to this dynamic field in which patients receive diagnosis, treatment, intervention or palliative therapies, it is an exciting and challenging time. Over the next two years, my hope is that many more nurses become credentialed with “CRN” or are prepared to take the exam.  NWARIN needs nurses who want to be involved in the life of the organization.   Founded in 1987, I arrived on the scene in radiology just 3 years later.  At that time, the opportunity to meet other nurses who practiced in radiology was such a life-saver. Meeting face-to -face, dinner lectures and later half day and whole day events developed.    I must say that I have not had to leave the field to be able to learn and grow.  The field continues to offers so much.   As an Interventional Radiology nurse in Olympia, WA at Providence St Peter Hospital, we have grown from a one nurse department in ’90 to a ten-nurse department and growing.  I invite you all to join me in keeping the organization strong through meaningful education programs, as well as innovating other ways to share and connect.   Feel free to share your ideas by contacting me at my email: wickershambrenda@comcast.net   I look forward to working with you all over the next two years as your President.  Your NWARIN board is here to serve.  Together, we can accomplish much.

 

Renee Storm, RN, BSN, CRN; NWARIN Vice President 2018-2020

Since becoming a nurse in 2002, I have worked in the emergency department. My entry into the imaging world was haphazard at best. In 2012 the imaging department of my hospital had signed on two interventional radiologists who requested a nurse Monday-Friday from 0700-1000. So a few days a week, instead of starting in the emergency department, I would show up in CT and wait for cases. Little did I know, this would grow into an entire nursing department in just a few short years. Since 2014, I’ve had the pleasure of growing an imaging nursing department that operates 7 days a week caring for newborns to geriatric patients in five different diagnostic modalities. But here’s the thing… I had no idea what an imaging nurse role looks like. So I joined the national and local chapter of the Association of Radiologic and Imaging Nurses. I began attending all conferences and reading everything I could get my hands on. Thanks to this NW chapter I can say, with complete confidence, that I know what it looks like to be an imaging department nurse and have even had the pleasure to teach many previous emergency department colleagues how to function in the imaging world. 

As your NWARIN Vice President, I want to encourage you to participate in this valuable regional chapter.  This chapter was developed and is nurtured by nurses who believe in providing the best patient care in the most intimidating environment in healthcare. The wealth of knowledge and networking that exists in this chapter is valuable beyond words. I look forward to hearing about your experiences in the imaging world. Please join us and share your knowldege.

Joseph Ancheta, RN, BSN, CRN; NWARIN Treasurer 2018-2020

Becky Turner, RN, BSN, CRN; NWARIN Secretary 2018-2020

 

 

 

 

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