Elizabeth Hufham, RN, staff nurse in the Coronary Care Unit (CCU), was named the 2019 recipient of the Marlene Sigler Scholarship at the Cardiovascular and Stroke Regional Conference.
Named for the beloved NHRMC team member Marlene Sigler, who passed away from multiple myeloma in 2012, the Marlene Sigler Scholarship is awarded annually to any healthcare professional practicing in the cardiovascular specialty who is enrolled in a higher education program. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an individual who embodies Marlene’s characteristics of commitment to cardiovascular care, leadership, mentoring, teamwork, and dedication to community service.
Elizabeth’s notable achievements include holding two nursing certifications (CCRN and CMC), achieving one clinical ladder project for creating a CCU Nursing Resource Notebook, and working on her second clinical ladder to address rapid identification of patients with partial code statuses. She authors the CCU education bulletin board and maintains a resource library and certification center for her peers who are interested in advancing their education or seeking specialty certification. Her community stewardship includes serving on the Hospital Emergency Response Team and the State Medical Assistance Team.
Additionally, the week after the 2019 Cardiovascular and Stroke Regional Conference, Elizabeth obtained her third nursing specialty certification as a certified heart failure nurse (CHFN). Elizabeth joins a group of 5 other CHFNs who work at NHRMC, and she is currently the only critical care nurse to hold this specialty nursing certification. The CHFN certification is awarded by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses’ Certification Board and it reflects a RN who has acquired a core body of specialized knowledge in heart failure and disease management.
Please join Cardiac Services in congratulating Elizabeth on her two latest achievements!