Washington University Orthopedic Nurses Recognized in St. Louis Magazine's 2017 Excellence in Nursing Awards

Pediatric orthopedic nurse practitioner Jennifer Ledbetter, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, was selected as a winner for the Orthopedic category in St. Louis Magazine's 2017 Excellence in Nursing Awards!


Jennifer Ledbetter, MSN, APRN, FNP-CJennifer Ledbetter, MSN, APRN, FNP-C,
Washington University Orthopedics

With a degree in exercise science, Ledbetter was once a trainer. Then one of her clients had a heart attack. After rushing the person to the emergency department, she found herself seeking other ways to help. And so, at age 23, she enrolled in nursing school. “I wanted to know more about what just happened,” recalls Ledbetter, who’s now a family nurse practitioner caring for children with spinal deformities.

On the job’s challenges: “We take in some really sick kids. For some, surgery is lifesaving, and the risks of complications or even death are real. Sometimes the biggest challenge is explaining this to families and doing everything in your power to make sure these kids don’t have major complications. The hardest thing is doing all you can and hoping it’s enough.”

On the job’s rewards: “Successfully getting families through what is probably the hardest thing their kid has been through—and probably the hardest thing they’ve ever been through as a parent. I give them a shoulder to cry on, help them understand what’s really going on, and reassure them it’s going to be OK.”


We would also like to recognize our hip and knee nurse coordinator Stephanie Hannekan, RN, who was also a finalist.

Congratulations to both of these phenomenal nurses who continue to provide exceptional care to our patients!

Originally published by St. Louis Magazine

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