Title: Ambulatory Care Administrator, Rehabilitation Nurse
Location: Spokane, Washington, United States
Lauraine Dwyer, Ambulatory Care Administrator and Rehabilitation Nurse, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in rehabilitation and ambulatory care.
As a student, Ms. Dwyer attended Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1970 and a Master of Science in nursing in 1976. In 1979, she attended California State University and became a Certified Nursing Practitioner and Certified Rehabilitation Nurse. After earning a BSN, Ms. Dwyer started as a staff and charge nurse at SCI Unit Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, and served in the neurology and rehabilitation units at the Carl T. Hayden Department of the Veteran Affairs Medical Center. In 1980, she became a spinal cord injury nurse practitioner at the VA Medical Center in Phoenix, and in 1985, she transitioned to the VA Medical Center in San Diego, where she worked as a clinical nurse specialist and associate chief of nursing service in the spinal cord injury unit and ambulatory care.
Ms. Dwyer took on a role as the associate chief of nursing services in ambulatory care at the VA Medical Center in San Diego, a position she held until 1997. That same year, she became the director of ambulatory care services and served in the position until her retirement in 2006. Throughout her career, she wrote many published works, including “Nursing Spinal Cord Injuries” in 1985, “Triage & Advice: A Model for Managing Non-Emergent Patients in VA Medical Center” for Innovations in Ambulatory Care Nursing in 1993, and “Who Leads Tomorrow?” for Advance for Nurses in 2008. Ms. Dwyer served on the editorial board for REHAB Management from 1991 to 1994, and has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Service Award, the Paralyzed Veterans Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of SCI Nurses in 1994, and the Disabled American Veterans Service Award in 1995. Ms. Dwyer has always felt a deep respect and appreciation for the service of veterans, and is proud to have spent her career ensuring their proper medical care.
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