Cathy Halterman, Central Shenandoah Health District, PHN Nurse of the Year. The photo contains from left to right: Dr. Doug Larsen, Health Director, Kathy Baker, PHN Supervisor, Cathy Halterman, PHN of the Year, Debbie Bundy-Carpenter, Nurse Manager and Ann Rickard, RN, FNP.
During more than 35 years as a public health nurse, Cathy Halterman has become a trusted member of the community. As Highland County’s only Public Health Nurse, her services range from well-child services, WIC and nutrition counseling, to testing for tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases and assisting with disease investigations. Cathy was selected from four regional public health nurses of the year, and represents the Northwest Region. Her award recognizes the outstanding work public health nurses make toward the health of all Virginians.
Cathy’s dedication to the community’s health shines through her volunteer work with a variety of civic organizations, including 4-H, the County fair, local festivals and her church. She helps the local rescue squad as a CPR instructor, seeking out and providing this lifesaving training to school staff, loggers, caregivers and many others. She also teaches health and wellness classes for churches.
From left to right: Dr. Cynthia Romero, Cathy Halterman, Karen Valk, Belinda Booker,
Tracey Avery-Geter, and Joanne Wakeham.
The Public Health Nurse of the Year Awards recognizes the brightest and the best of those practicing public health nursing in Virginia. the two levels of awards given are: Regional Public Health Nurse of the Year and the Virginia Department of Health Nursing Council Public Health Nurse of the Year. The Regions consist of districts located in the central, north, southwest, and eastern areas of Virginia.
Please contact your Nurse Manager or Regional or State Council representative for forms.
The nomination packet consists of:
Nomination for Award - used by the person nominating an individual and accompanies the cover sheet. The pages may be completed directly on the nomination form or in a separate synopsis for each category.
Total number of pages may not exceed 3 : Please include only 3 letters total of support or copies of awards or certifications.
Criteria for Nomination:
The Selection Committee of the VDHNC Public Health Nurse of the Year will select the Public Health Nurse of the Year from the pool of Regional winners according to the above cycle.
The VDHNC PHN of the Year Committee
The VDHNC Chair will call for formation of a committee and selection of a Committee Chair at the January VDHNC meeting.
Sitting members of the VDHNC will be the members of the PHN selection process committee as a “committee of the whole. “
The Chair of the Nursing Council will appoint a Chair of the PHN Selection Committee from the Council.The Council Committee Chair will:
The Director of Public Health Nursing will invite the Commissioner Health and Deputies to the presentation ceremony.
The Nursing Council and the Chair of the PHN of the Year Selection Process will offer assistance and support to the Regional Councils in honoring their nominees.
VDHNC (State) Award Selection Committee
The VDHNC (State) Award selection committee will be comprised of one representative chosen by the each Regional Council (4) and the PHN of the Year recipient from the previous year. The committee will use the Rating Form to document the selection process.
The selection committee members are not eligible for the award.
The Chair of the VDHNC PHN of the Year Committee will be a nonvoting member of the selection committee.
The VDHNC PHN of the Year Committee Chair will notify the VDHNC membership, the Regional Council Chairs, and all the nominees of the selected candidate.