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Congratulations to the 2021 WSNA Recognition Award winners


This story was published in the Fall 2021 issue of The Washington Nurse magazine.


Every two years, in conjunc­tion with our biennial conven­tion, WSNA and the Profes­sional Nursing and Health Care Council (PNHCC) recog­nize nurses and commu­nity partners who have made signif­i­cant personal and profes­sional contri­bu­tions toward the advance­ment of nurses, the nursing profes­sion and the associ­a­tion. These outstanding nurses were nominated by you, their colleagues, for making Washington a healthier place.

We are proud to recog­nize and applaud these outstanding WSNA members with 2021 WSNA Recog­ni­tion Awards.

Anne hirsch

Anne Hirsch is a passionate nurse educator who brings her practice knowledge and expertise into the classroom at the UW School of Nursing.

Anne Hirsch, PhD, ARNP, FAANP, FAAN #

Honorary Recog­ni­tion Award
Honoring signif­i­cant contri­bu­tions, distin­guished service or valuable assis­tance to the nursing profession.

Anne Hirsch is an associate professor in the Depart­ment of Child, Family, and Popula­tion Health Nursing at the Univer­sity of Washington (UW) School of Nursing, where she also serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Prior to joining UW, Anne served as a nurse educator and educa­tional admin­is­trator for several Washington state schools and colleges of nursing, including Pacific Lutheran Univer­sity (PLU), Washington State Univer­sity and Seattle Univer­sity. Anne was identi­fied as a poten­tial leader early in her career and never turned down the oppor­tu­nity for challenge and growth. Her first admin­is­tra­tive roles at PLU evolved from curriculum coordi­nator to assistant/​associate dean and, finally, interim dean — when she left to assume the senior associate dean position at Washington State Univer­sity (WSU). At WSU, she was respon­sible for the admin­is­tra­tion of all academic nursing programs at five sites/​campuses across the state. In addition to her respon­si­bil­i­ties as a full professor, she assumed the role of interim dean for one year before moving back to the Seattle area to be near family. Anne assumed the role of Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing Educa­tion at Seattle Univer­sity; after six years, she accepted the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at UW.

Anne began her nursing career as a critical care and charge nurse at Island Hospital in Anacortes, where she served as local unit chair­person before moving to the cardio­vas­cular inten­sive care unit at Provi­dence Hospital in Seattle. She loves nursing practice — but once she tried teaching, she became a passionate nurse educator endeav­oring to bring her practice knowl­edge and exper­tise into the classroom.

Anne earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from WSU; a master’s degree in physi­o­log­ical nursing from UW; a doctorate in nursing from Indiana Univer­sity-Purdue Univer­sity in Indianapolis; and an Execu­tive Leader­ship Certifi­cate from Seattle Univer­sity. She also completed a post-graduate certifi­cate as a family nurse practi­tioner and currently practices in primary care settings and shelters in the community.

Butch de castro

Butch de Castro’s research focuses on occupational health disparities among workers, particularly for immigrants and workers of color. Many of the workers in his studies are construction day laborers.

Butch de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN, FAAN #

Marguerite Cobb Public Health/​Community Health Nurse Award
Honoring outstanding profes­sional contri­bu­tions to public health or commu­nity health, as well as calling these achieve­ments to the atten­tion of members of the profes­sion and/​or general public. This award is named for Marguerite Cobb, MN, RN, an exemplary public health nurse and 1998 Hall of Fame inductee.

Butch de Castro is a professor in the Depart­ment of Child, Family, and Popula­tion Health Nursing at the UW School of Nursing, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Diver­sity, Equity and Inclu­sion, and Director of the Occupa­tional and Environ­mental Health Nursing graduate training program. His research focuses on occupa­tional health dispar­i­ties, examining how employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties, job condi­tions and work organi­za­tion contribute to chronic stress and work-related injury and illness — partic­u­larly for immigrants and workers of color. He utilizes a variety of research approaches and method­olo­gies, including longi­tu­dinal study design, biolog­ical markers, cross-cultural survey data and commu­nity partic­i­pa­tory strate­gies. His teaching style applies a health equity and social deter­mi­nants of health frame­work; incor­po­rates problem-based learning; and includes commu­nity advocacy service projects through digital media.

Prior to joining UW, Butch was a post-doctoral fellow, funded by the CDC, at the Univer­sity of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health where he collab­o­rated with commu­nity-based worker rights organi­za­tions to document how unfair, unjust treat­ment of workers led to poor health. During his early years in academia, he was a National Insti­tutes of Health-funded KL2 Scholar with the Insti­tute of Trans­la­tional Health Sciences at UW. His research and teaching pursuits are informed by prior roles working for the Occupa­tional Safety & Health Administration’s Office of Occupa­tional Health Nursing; as Senior Staff for Occupa­tional and Environ­mental Health at the American Nurses Associ­a­tion (ANA); and as a public health nurse with the Los Angeles County Depart­ment of Health Services.

Butch completed his doctorate and MSN/MPH degrees at Johns Hopkins Univer­sity and his bachelor’s degree in nursing at the Univer­sity of California, Los Angeles. He currently serves on the King County Board of Health and has been a member of the American Associ­a­tion of Occupa­tional Health Nurses, American Public Health Associ­a­tion, and Philip­pine Nurses Associ­a­tion of America.

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While running for State Senate in the 2020 General Election, Ingrid Anderson used her voice as a nurse to bring much-needed attention to health care issues that affect all Washingtonians.

Ingrid Anderson, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE #

Joanna Boatman Staff Nurse Leader­ship Award
Honoring signif­i­cant contri­bu­tions to the advance­ment of staff nurses at the state or local level or the improve­ment of the economic and general welfare of nurses in Washington state. This award for leader­ship was estab­lished in 1995 in honor of Joanna Boatman, RN, former WSNA presi­dent and 2000 Hall of Fame inductee. Two nurses were recog­nized for this award in 2021.

Ingrid Anderson is a nurse at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. She has been a nurse for 14 years, special­izing in emergency and psychi­atric nursing. She is also a sexual assault nurse examiner. Ingrid has been a long-time advocate for her commu­nity, patients and workers’ rights. Ingrid has served as the vice chair of the WSNA Polit­ical Action Committee (WSNA-PAC) Board of Trustees. She currently serves as a local unit repre­sen­ta­tive at Overlake and is a member of the Legisla­tive and Health Policy Council. Ingrid has worked hard to create safer condi­tions for patients and health care workers alike by helping to secure passage of the Rest Break Bill in 2019 — as well as other legislation.

In the 2020 General Election, Ingrid ran for State Senate in the 5th Legisla­tive District. Throughout her campaign, Ingrid used her voice as a nurse, working mom and commu­nity advocate to bring much-needed atten­tion to health care issues that affect all Washing­to­nians — like mental health, equity and the impact of social deter­mi­nants of health.

Ingrid is now completing her graduate degree to become a psychi­atric mental health nurse practi­tioner. She looks forward to serving her commu­nity and contin­uing to advocate as a nurse in the Washington State Legislature.

Anson chamblin

Anson Chamblin was nominated by a fellow nurse at PeaceHealth St. Joe’s, who described him as a strong advocate for moral and ethical health care practice in the hospital.

Anson Chamblin, MS, RN #

Joanna Boatman Staff Nurse Leader­ship Award
Honoring signif­i­cant contri­bu­tions to the advance­ment of staff nurses at the state or local level or the improve­ment of the economic and general welfare of nurses in Washington state. This award for leader­ship was estab­lished in 1995 in honor of Joanna Boatman, RN, former WSNA presi­dent and 2000 Hall of Fame inductee. Two nurses were recog­nized for this award in 2021.

Anson Chamblin is a critical care float nurse at Peace­Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Western Washington Univer­sity and a master’s degree in environ­mental inter­pre­ta­tion from the UW College of Forest Resources.

After teaching marine biology and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands, Anson became an EMT for a local volun­teer fire depart­ment and mountain rescue unit in Whatcom County. He quickly became a first aid instructor in places like oil refineries, logging camps and Air Force instal­la­tions. Anson also worked for a private ambulance service and became a founding partner in Whatcom County’s Cascade Ambulance Service. This led to 25 years in health care manage­ment, where he trained more EMTs and managed a team of ICU and ED nurses for long-distance ground trans­port duties.

After earning a nursing degree from Skagit Valley College, Anson was hired into the float unit at Peace­Health. He trained in additional hospital units, including the emergency depart­ment, cardio­vas­cular unit, outpa­tient, PACU, imaging, cath lab recovery, endoscopy lab and stepdown ICU. He also helped develop a program in the imaging depart­ment to assess and care for at-risk patients under­going imaging proce­dures, many of whom required sedation. He became an adjunct instructor in clinical educa­tion and a certi­fied Crisis Preven­tion Insti­tute and TeamSTEPPS instructor. He received full ICU training and became a relief STAT nurse. In 2017, Anson received the Excel­lence in Nursing Award for Nurse as Collab­o­rator” at Peace­Health St. Joe’s. Anson has also been active on the nurse staffing committee at Peace­Health for many years and served on a variety of practice and safety committees.

Anita stull

During times of organizational change within WSNA, Anita Stull has been instrumental in helping the membership adopt new bylaws.

Anita Stull, BSN, RN #

ANA Honorary Member­ship Pin
Honoring outstanding leader­ship, as well as partic­i­pa­tion in and contri­bu­tions to WSNA and ANA.

Since 1979, Anita Stull has been an invalu­able member of WSNA and has immensely contributed to the devel­op­ment of WSNA policy, nursing practice positions, and workforce and workplace policy throughout the years. She has provided leader­ship on the state and national level, serving in the Cabinets on Economic and General Welfare in WSNA and ANA. In her local unit, Univer­sity of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), Anita served more than 30 years on the negoti­ating team, Joint/​Labor Manage­ment Committee and Health and Safety Committee. She has also served as chair, secre­tary, treasurer and griev­ance officer in her local unit.

In addition to the leader­ship positions she has held, Anita regularly demon­strated effec­tive leader­ship on the job as charge nurse of her unit at the UWMC — where she worked as a bedside nurse in Ortho­pe­dics, Chronic Pain and Psychi­atry for 40 years before entering her retire­ment in July 2020.

Throughout her tenure at UWMC, Anita was a fierce advocate for mental health care access for patients, as well as nurses’ rights. She served as Local Unit Chair at UWMC during the 1989 union raids and was the first person to sign onto the prece­dent-setting griev­ance that resulted in UWMC nurses being paid for rest breaks. Anita also helped facil­i­tate the smooth transi­tion of nursing compo­nents during the 2019 merger of North­west Hospital and UWMC.

Anita is chair of WSNA’s Bylaws/​Resolutions Committee and is also a member of the ANA Committee on Bylaws. During times of organi­za­tional change within WSNA, Anita has been instru­mental in helping the member­ship adopt new bylaws. Her leader­ship, atten­tion to detail and due diligence in reviewing the WSNA Bylaws and proposing revisions where needed, have helped make WSNA what it is today.

David reyes

David Reyes at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, Seattle’s largest urban farm. As a founding member of the farm, David aims to eliminate food insecurity in southeast Seattle.

David Reyes, DNP, MN/MPH, RN, PHNA-BC #

Ethics and Human Rights Award
Recog­nizing excel­lence in ethics and human rights.

David Reyes is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health­care Leader­ship at the Univer­sity of Washington Tacoma (UWT). He holds adjunct faculty positions in the schools of Nursing and Public Health on the UW Seattle campus and has over 35 years of profes­sional nursing and leader­ship experi­ence in commu­nity and popula­tion health and educa­tion. David currently teaches under­grad­uate and graduate students in the areas of health policy and health systems, as well as commu­nity, public and popula­tion health.

David is actively involved in addressing racial justice and social equity person­ally and profes­sion­ally. His primary schol­ar­ship inter­ests are in addressing the root causes of health inequity and dispar­i­ties; building commu­nity leader­ship capacity to improve neigh­bor­hood livability; and popula­tion health outcomes using commu­nity-based partic­i­pa­tory approaches focusing on equitable partner­ships between commu­ni­ties and health systems. His work includes training and supporting commu­nity residents to facil­i­tate and lead commu­nity assess­ment activ­i­ties to identify neigh­bor­hood health prior­i­ties, as well as devel­oping the ability of commu­nity residents to partic­i­pate in commu­nity-based research to examine how to create a healthier and more secure food environ­ment. David’s inter­ests in commu­nity engage­ment and leader­ship extend beyond his academic practice and into his own commu­nity — where he is active in addressing food security as a founding member of the Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands in south­east Seattle.

David is currently a member of the Execu­tive Board of the American Public Health Associ­a­tion and has held state- and national-level health policy, leader­ship and profes­sional roles with the Washington State Public Health Associ­a­tion, the American Associ­a­tion of Colleges of Nursing, and the Insti­tute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Family Planning. He has served as a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) National Advisory Committee for Academic Progres­sion in Nursing and RWJF’s Public Health Nursing Workforce Advisory Committee. David is the primary author of WSNA’s position paper on public health and public health nursing. He received his Doctor of Nursing Practice (2013) and master’s degrees in nursing and public health (2002) from UW. He received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seattle Univer­sity (1983) and is board certi­fied in advanced public health nursing. David is a recip­ient of UW Tacoma’s 2020 Distin­guished Commu­nity Engage­ment Award and the 2017 recip­ient of the WSNA Marguerite Cobb Public Health/​Community Health Nurse Award.

Tatiana sadak

Tatiana Sadak in her office at the UW School of Nursing, which is decorated with sketches from Russia — where she was born. The office is also adorned with kitschy figurines of senior ladies, which Tatiana says she likes because they show people still being vital as they age.

Tatiana Sadak, PhD, PMHNP, RN, FAAN, FGSA #

Nurse Educator Award
Recog­nizing excel­lence in nursing education.

Tatiana Sadak is an associate professor of geriatric mental health nursing, Director of Graduate Educa­tion, and director of the Dementia Pallia­tive Educa­tion (DPEN) program at the UW School of Nursing. She is a Ph.D.-prepared certi­fied psychi­atric mental health nurse practi­tioner special­izing in geriatric psychi­atry and neurode­gen­er­a­tive disorders.

Tatiana’s research and schol­ar­ship focus on informing health care delivery for patients living with dementia and their care partners by gener­ating evidence, creating measure­ment tools and devel­oping inter­ven­tions aimed to support clini­cians and families working together to prevent avoid­able health crises and enable care partners to manage the health of their care recip­i­ents — without sacri­ficing their health and wellness. This work has been recog­nized by Tatiana’s selec­tion as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Geron­to­log­ical Society of America.

Molly altman

Using community-based participatory methods, Molly Altman’s work lifts community voices and perspectives to foster respect and decrease bias in health care interactions.

Molly Altman, PhD, CNM, MPH #

Nurse Researcher Award
Recog­nizing excel­lence in nursing research that addresses practice issues.

Molly Altman is an assis­tant professor at the UW School of Nursing. She has been a certi­fied nurse-midwife since 2005 and has clini­cally practiced across the United States and abroad in multiple contexts. In addition to co-leading the nurse-midwifery DNP program at UW, Molly leads a program of research focused on respectful care during pregnancy and birth for margin­al­ized commu­ni­ties — specif­i­cally in partner­ship with racially and ethni­cally diverse commu­ni­ties and LGBTQ+ commu­ni­ties. Using commu­nity-based partic­i­pa­tory methods, her work lifts commu­nity voices and perspec­tives to foster respect and decrease bias in health care interactions.

Chris birchem

Chris Birchem advocates on behalf of his patients and fellow colleagues, and is actively involved in the retention, growth and development of the nursing profession.

Chris Birchem, BSW, RN #

Leader­ship and Manage­ment Award
Recog­nizing excel­lence in nursing leader­ship and management.

Chris is origi­nally from South Dakota, where he attended the Univer­sity of South Dakota and met his wife, Lisa. He gradu­ated with a bachelor’s degree in social work/​child protec­tive services in 1989. Chris and Lisa eventu­ally relocated to Vancouver, Washington, in 1999 to follow Lisa’s career. In 2006, they moved to Issaquah, where they continue to live today.

Chris’ volun­teer experi­ences include Child Protec­tive Services and Head Start; he also served two terms on the Washington Center for Nursing Board of Direc­tors (WSNA staff RN position). He and Lisa created a computer lab to train elderly residents of the Smith Tower in Vancouver by recycling old computer equip­ment donated by technology compa­nies. This helped the residents stay in touch with their friends and loved ones.

Chris has served as local unit chair at Overlake Medical Center since 2014, after serving several years as local unit secretary/​treasurer. He serves as a WSNA-PAC Board member, including serving one term as vice chair and two terms as chair. Chris’ other past experi­ences and positions include being a resident counselor for the Boys & Girls Home & Family Services in Sioux City, Iowa; a credit card dispute/​arbitration repre­sen­ta­tive for Citibank in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; a produc­tion operator for Hewlett-Packard in Loveland, Colorado; and a human resource repre­sen­ta­tive — followed by his career as a nurse since 2005.

Chris’ other activ­i­ties include partic­i­pating in Overlake’s past four negoti­a­tion cycles, in addition to his recent involve­ment in this year’s negoti­a­tions. He serves on various hospital commit­tees, including the Confer­ence Committee, Patient Experi­ence Committee, and PPE Committee. His other roles include relief charge nurse and team preceptor/​trainer. He devel­oped the Hourly Patient Comfort Rounds Brochure for Overlake, which was branded for use. Chris was also awarded the Employee of the Month at Overlake in September 2015.

Chris continues and takes great pride in advocating on behalf of his patients and fellow colleagues, and continues to be actively involved in the reten­tion, growth and devel­op­ment of the nursing profession.


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Susan Worster, BSN, RN #

Excel­lence in Practice Award
Recog­nizing excel­lence in practice in the direct care of patients or clients.

Susan is a certi­fied wound, ostomy and conti­nence nurse (WOCN) who has worked for Provi­dence VNA Home Health for over 30 years. She has mentored count­less nurses to achieve the wound therapy associate certifi­cate, including some who went on to become WOCNs themselves. She does new employee orien­ta­tion to train the new nurses to the agency’s wound proto­cols and the intri­ca­cies of the different types of wounds.

Susan heads the ostomy team of nurses and provides consul­ta­tion to any nurse needing help managing ostomy and wound patients. She leads the agency’s efforts to prevent UTIs in patients with indwelling catheters. Susan impresses upon each nurse the impor­tance of following evidence-based practices regarding wound products and insists that all patients have the appro­priate testing before use of any compres­sion stock­ings are used.

Susan grew up in a family of inquis­i­tive teachers and engineers who instilled in her an insatiable curiosity. Her mother retained her nursing textbooks, even though she ultimately opted to go into teaching, and one of Susan’s favorite books growing up was Diseases of the Skin.” As a BSN student, she fell in love with home care and commu­nity health during the semester she spent with Provi­dence VNA Home Health. After gradu­a­tion, she returned to PVNA and has been there ever since.

Susan said: I have always described home health by quoting the famous phrase about Ginger Rogers, the dancer: She did every­thing Fred Astaire did ­— but backwards and in heels. That is home health. We see acutely ill human beings in the uncon­trolled home setting, one-on-one with only the supplies on hand. … When we encounter patients, we meet them first as fellow human beings and next as nurses. It is that human connec­tion and passion that carries us through the challenges and constant change we encounter in health care.” 


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Salal Credit Union #

Commu­nity Partner Award
Recog­nizing a commu­nity and/​or consumer partner who has signif­i­cantly contributed to promoting health and a positive image of nurses through advocacy, safety and/​or quality health care improvement.

Salal Credit Union has long supported nursing schol­ar­ships through the King County Nurses Associ­a­tion (KCNA), funding five full schol­ar­ships of $3,000 in 2021. Since 2016, Salal has also sponsored commu­nity grants and provided funding for contin­uing nursing educa­tion events that have focused on educating nurses in topics of current interest and social equity through KCNA.

In May 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was raging in Washington state, Salal contributed $15,000 to the Washington State Nurses Foundation’s Nurses Emergency Assis­tance Grant fund, allowing the founda­tion to distribute thirty $500 grants to nurses in need. The contri­bu­tion was instru­mental in WSNF launching the fund at a time when nurses were facing the extra­or­di­nary expenses of unpaid furloughs, were exhausting their paid time off to quaran­tine, and were facing the pressures of working through stay-at-home orders and a faltering economy. In June 2020, WSNF distrib­uted the initial round of grants and has since distrib­uted more than $76,000.