Susquehanna Health awards advanced nursing scholarship

Ann Clements, a wound, ostomy and continence certified nurse at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Rosalie Kaleda Scholarship for advanced practice registered nurses.

Clements received the scholarship after applying, interviewing and being chosen by Susquehanna Health and Rosalie Kaleda.

She will use the funds from the scholarship for her education to become a certified registered nurse practitioner through Bloomsburg University.

Clements received her diploma in nursing at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre and her bachelor of science in nursing from Bloomsburg University.

She has been with Susquehanna Health for 25 years in various roles and departments.

Clements is a specialist providing treatment to patients with acute and chronic wounds, patients who have had some kind of bowel or bladder diversion and patients with bladder and bowel control issues and associated skin care issues.

“Wound, ostomy and continence care and services are minimal within Pennsylvania,” Clements said. “I became a WOCN because I recognized the need within our region. Many patients who I work with travel all over the state to receive care because the services they need are not readily available. By furthering my education … I will be able to provide that hard to find service close to home.”

Kaleda served as an advanced practice nurse in Williamsport from 1979 to 2003.

“I believe that now, more than ever, there is a need for advanced practice nurses such as certified nurse midwives and CRNPs,” Kaleda said. “Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses provide an extra dimension to the practice of medicine.

“There has been a steady shift of care from doctors to advance practice nurses over the years. The doctors are utilizing us as a resource to help with the everyday and general patient care needs so that they can focus on the more complex and critical aspects of patient care.”

“There are many challenges for a nurse who wants to go back for advanced training,” she added.