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Staff Spotlight: Kathleen Nenninger

//Position: Nurse Supervisor - Medical

Kathleen Nenniger has helped heal people all over the world. As an Army nurse for more than 20 years, Kathleen has seen the sights of Berlin, Saudi Arabia, Hawaii and Iraq, and now she has settled into her supervisory career in Indian Country.

Kathleen was born and raised in Bremerton and has been back in the Northwest since 1997. She said she is very happy to be home.

The mother of four of her own children and three foster children has a very active life outside of work with her husband, their family and their "mini-farm" in Olalla. At work, she oversees a staff of 12 nurses making sure they have the supplies and the support they need to make the medical office at the PTHA run smoothly.

Kathleen said she enjoys working with the PTHA because of its strong community culture, and the holistic approach to health care that the PTHA can offer with so many services on site.

"You really get to know the people and the families here," she said.

As a supervisor, Kathleen not only handles the logistics to make sure the clinic operates efficiently; she also gets to fill in for nurses from time to time and work hands-on with patients.

"I get to do a little bit of everything – it is one of the great things about this job. I like getting to jump in and help, and do the technical nursing stuff."

Kathleen welcomes all patients to share their feedback and constructive criticism, because it is her goal to constantly improve the service of the medical staff.

"If things are going well or poorly, I need to know about it because I can't fix it if I don't know it's wrong.

"Our goal is always to do as much as we can for the patients. But we realize sometimes what we have to do is not what the patients want."

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