Title: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Retired)
Company: Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center
Location: Wichita, Kansas, United States
Terry L. Leitner, a Retired Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in hospital nursing.
A Vietnam War hero who received the Purple Heart and Silver Star for his valor and bravery in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Leitner was inspired to become a nurse anesthetist during his service in the military as a hospital corpsman. He began an impressive career as a certified registered nurse anesthetist in 1976 at Goodland Regional Medical Center. Subsequently, he excelled in the same position for seven years at Dodge City Medical Center, and then for 12 years with Riverton Memorial Hospital. He concluded his professional efforts as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, retiring in 2020.
Mr. Leitner is credited with saving the lives of several U.S. Marines during a U.S. military operation in Vietnam in 1966. Injured during the mission, he still managed to successfully treat injured soldiers on the battlefield. He served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman from 1963 to 1967 and from 1972 until 1974.
To prepare for his professional journey, Mr. Leitner earned a diploma in nursing from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1972. He later gained his certifications as a registered nurse and a registered nurse anesthetist from Wesley School of Nursing in 1976. He has since strengthened his education through the completion of coursework at Wichita State University. Devoted to his community, he is a proud member of the American Legion. Mr. Leitner believes his professional success is the product of his determination and tenacious approach to his work.
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