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Nurses Spotlight Week: Nurses Kim Hardin, Michelle Terry, and Lori Someillan

As we continue to celebrate Nurses Week and our outstanding Nurses across the state, today we highlight Nurse Kim Hardin and Nurse Michelle Terry from Palmer Correctional Center and Nurse Lori Someillan from Mat-Su Pre Trial.

Nurse Kim Hardin has over 20 years of DOC experience. Nurse Michelle Terry is coming up a year with DOC. It would be impossible to discuss or nominate one nurse when it is the team that makes nursing viable. These nurses work week on/week off; Nurse Terry starts the shift at 0600 and Nurse Hardin ends the day at 2315. The team works together to oversee the nursing needs of over 500 inmates at PCC.

They are a force for medical professionalism and make difficult situations look common and ordinary. The represent the high stands in nursing care and represent DOC with a professional demeanor, fairness and consistency. All the staff (administration, support and offices) have reported they feel lucky to have these nurses working at PCC.

Nurse Someillan works nights at MSPT. She is calm, consistent, professional, with a quick wit and subtle charm. She is the bedrock of providing care and making sure the day shift is supplied and aware of all events occurring on nights. She is patience safety minded, providing care day in and day out in a consistent manner. She is able to help inmates understand options and is respected by both security staff and inmates.

We appreciate all of you awesome nurses!

Nurses Week Spotlight: Nurse Chris Pekar

As we continue to celebrate Nurses Week and our outstanding Nurses across the state, today we highlight Nurse Chris Pekar from Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.

Nurse Pekar is from Southwestern Pennsylvania in the little coal mining town called Bobtown. She attended college at Waynesburg College and received a Bachelors in Science of Nursing. After Graduation she married her husband Ed and they moved to Laurel, Maryland where she worked at Prince Georges County hospital on the trauma floor. Not being city people they moved to Walnut Cove, North Carolina, where they began raising their two children, Morgan and Drew. After living in North Carolina for about 6 years, they decided it was time to finally make their adventure of coming to Alaska a reality. They moved to Barrow, AK in 2003 which was an amazing adventure but a year of the brutal cold was plenty. So they traveled south to Bethel in 2004 and made it their home.

Nurse Pekar has been nursing for 22 years, and her experience spans from the very tiny NICU and pediatric patients to adults in trauma and CCU. Her passion has always been with children, however as long as she is taking care of people she will be happy and fulfilled.

Nurse Pekar loves teaching whether it is patients, new graduates, training new co-workers or teaching a class. She feels that we all have something to learn from one another whereas new graduates offer seasoned nurses cutting edge material they have just learned and as seasoned nurses we offer our experience in the field.

She loves her job at YKCC and says ist is very challenging at times and very rewarding as well. Nurse Pekar feels her experience over the years has prepared her very well for working at YKCC. She loves taking care of people and being able to help people who are in poor health and underserved. Nurse Pekar calls working in an environment such as DOC a very humbling experience.

We appreciate you!

Nurses Week Spotlight: Nurse Lydia O’Leary

As we continue to celebrate Nurses Week and our outstanding Nurses across the state, today we highlight Nurse Lydia O’Leary from Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Nurse O’Leary is always looking for ways to brighten the day for those who have the privilege of working with her. Though she has been with the department for a relatively short time, her attitude and work ethic has had a very real and positive effect on the staff at LCCC.

Nurse O’Leary recently was elected president of the LCCC Wellness Committee. When looking for someone to fill that spot the comment was made that Nurse O’Leary was a wellness committee all on her own.

Since her election Nurse O’Leary with the help of other members has coordinated staff barbeques and fundraisers which have been very successful not only in the raising of funds for future events, but also in helping to improve morale and team atmosphere.

Nurse O’Leary has earned the respect and cooperation of the inmate population through being a true professional and her faithfulness in being firm and fair, and consistent. LCCC is truly lucky to have Nurse O’Leary on our team!

We appreciate you!