Meet the Neonatal Transport Team at Blank Children's Hospital

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Meet Our Team





 

Samir Alabsi, MD
Neonatologist, Medical Director of Neonatal Transport Team, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Experience: Neonatologist - 15 years

Certifications:
NRP Instructor, S.T.A.B.L.E. Program Instructor, PALS Provider
Instructor, PALS Provider

Memberships:
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Perinatal-Neonatal Association Fellow
American Association for Physician Leadership

Area of Interest:
Neonatal infections, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, neonatal nutrition

 

Bob VanZuuk, MSN
Director of Pediatric Critical Care and Emergency Room Services

Experience:
Director of Pediatric Critical Care and Emergency Room Services - 4 years
NICU Nurse Manager - 14 years
NICU Nurse - 4 years
General Pediatrics/Oncology Nurse Manager - 4 years
Staff Development Educator, Behavioral Services - 13 years
Behavioral Services - 2 years

Memberships:
Society of Pediatric Nurses
Iowa Association of Neonatal Nurses

Areas of Interest:
Friends, family, traveling, Oklahoma Women's Gymnastics

Chris Parker, BSN, RNC
Supervisor of the NICU and NICU Transport Team

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 38 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 35 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, NRP Instructor, S.T.A.B.L.E., S.T.A.B.L.E. Lead Instructor, Red Cross Disaster Relief, RNC

Memberships:
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Iowa Association of Neonatal Nurses
Iowa Methodist School of Nursing Alumni Association - Treasurer

Area of Interest:
Professional - Transport, genetics, medical ethics
Personal - Music, church and faith, quilting, eating out with friends and family

Teresa Ball, BSN, RNC
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 29 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 26 years
Pediatric Surgery - 2 years
Army Nurse - 4 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, BLS Instructor, NRP Instructor, PICC nurse, RNC

Areas of Interest:
Professional - Genetics and syndromes, grief counseling, prenatal conditions affecting the neonate
Personal - Family, pets, volleyball, baking, crafts

 

Tria Doner, BSN, RNC
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse -  20 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 8 years

Certifications:
S.T.A.B.L.E., BLS, NRP, RNC, High Risk Neonates

Areas of Interest:
Professional - Pulmonary hypertension, family-centered care/education
Personal - Missions, family, scrap-booking

Kelly Johnson, RN, BSN
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 12 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 8 years

Certifications:
BLS, S.T.A.B.L.E., NRP

Memberships:
National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Areas of Interest:
Friends, family, coaching youth volleyball, running

 

Roxan Hammer, RNC, BSN
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 40 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 33 years

Certifications:
BLS, RNC High Risk Neonates, S.T.A.B.L.E., NRP instructor

Memberships:
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Iowa Association of Neonatal Nurses

Areas of Interest:
Professional - Thermoregulation of the newborn, respiratory disorders and supporting care 
Personal - Reading, spending time with my grandkids, cooking to try new recipes, watching sports, traveling

   Amy Osborn, RNC

Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 20 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 13 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, NRP Instructor, S.T.A.B.L.E., RNC High Risk Neonatal

Areas of Interest:
Professional - Family Centered Care, education and outreach
Personal - Faith, family, friends

Kristy Oswald, RNC
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 36 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 32 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, NRP Instructor, PICC, CAP, RNC High Risk Neonatal, S.T.A.B.L.E.

Areas of Interest:
Professional - Safety in transport, EMS providers across Iowa
Personal - Family, volunteering, camping, gardening, walking and travel

 

Angela Zeutenhorst, RN
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 15 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 5 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, S.T.A.B.L.E., PICC

Areas of Interest:
Professional: Transport, Vermont Oxford studies, Education, STABLE teaching outreach and Skills teachings outreach
Personal: My family activities, boating, watching my kids in their sports and school activities

Nancy Woestman, RNC, BSN
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 39 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 31 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, NRP Regional Instructor, RNC-NIC, RNC Neonatal and Pediatric Transport, CAP, PICC

Memberships:
National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Area of Interest:
Professional - Transport, quality improvement, resuscitation
Personal - Family, friends, travel, quilting, knitting, crocheting

 

Kylie Williams, BSN
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU nurse - 10 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 3 years

Certifications:
NRP, BLS, S.T.A.B.L.E.

Areas of interest:
Professional: Transport and education
Personal: Family

Jerilynn Beattie, RN, BSN
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience: 
NICU Nurse - 25 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 6 years

Certifications: 
S.T.A.B.L.E. Instructor, PICC, NRP, BLS

Areas of interest: 
Professional: High Frequency Ventilation, Cardiac anomalies in the neonate 
Personal: photography, family, college football, and high school sports

 

Brittany Hruska, BSN
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 15 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 3 years
PICU and pediatric transport - 1 year
Pediatric rehab and pediatric special healthcare needs - 2 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, S.T.A.B.L.E., RNC-NIC, PALS, ENPC

Areas of Interest:
Professional – Pain management, family-centered care, and education.
Personal – Family, faith, and friends.

   Sarah Lee, RN, BSN

Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 12 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 2 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, S.T.A.B.L.E., PALS

Areas of Interest:
Friends, family, playing card games, and spending time outside

   Laci Swanson, BSN

Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 6 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 2 years

Certifications:
BLS, S.T.A.B.L.E., NRP, PALS, ENPC, TNCC 

Areas of Interest:
Friends, family

   Jessica Graff. BSN

Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 17 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse: 10 years
Pediatric ER - 3 years

Certifications:
ACLS, RNC, BLS, NRP, PALS, ENPC, TNCC

Areas of Interest:
Professional - I enjoy working with pediatric and neonatal patients. I am currently finishing up my BSN and hope to start a nurse practitioner program in August 2018.
Personal - I enjoy motorcycles, riding horses, reading a good book, and 1/2 marathon training. I love to spend time with my children, husband and other family.