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Nurses Week Spotlight: Nurse Valerie Beacom

As we continue to celebrate Nurses Week and our outstanding Nurses across the state, today we highlight Nurse Valerie Beacom from Goose Creek Correctional Center.

Nurse Beacom stands out as a strong leader who instinctively addresses safety and process improvement promoting safety on a regular basis. She readily confers with her team members to determine the best way to problem solve. Nurse Beacom provides supportive encouragement to all members of the GCCC team.

She has willingly accepted the role of lead nurse to provide a consistent resource to all floor staff on her rotation; additionally, she has thrived in this position and offered several process improvement suggestions related to sharps count, nursing assessments and nursing report hand-off for both shift and rotation reports.

Nurse Beacom is an exceptionally valued member of the GCCC team; her contribution to the team promotes high morale and confidence among her co-workers.

We appreciate you!

Nurses Week Spotlight: Nurse Jody Hatt

As we continue to celebrate Nurses Week and our outstanding Nurses across the state, today we highlight Nurse Jody Hatt from Wildwood Correctional Center.

Nurse Jody Hatt has been at the heart of DOC successes for 30 years. She is often the first person called for questions by nurses statewide – it seems like she has seen it all. We know we can rely on Nurse Hatt’s strong clinical skills, guidance and leadership.

Firm, fair and consistent is heard frequently in our environment; and Nurse Hatt epitomizes this mantra. Her influence carries to nurses, providers and patients. You’ll frequently hear Nurse Hatt reminding patients with diabetes to calculate their own insulin dosage and not rely on the nurse. They will be responsible for calculating the dosage when they release. This is a valuable lesson patients are learning while within our walls and preparing to safely care for themselves.

In addition, Nurse Hatt doesn’t hesitate to take on special projects to improve the system. Recently, she is serving as a super user for the Electronic Health Record (EHR). Nurse Hatt is helping with pilot at HMCC and is making significant contributions behind the scenes to work through the speedbumps in the EHR. Her energy, knowledge and optimism have been invaluable!

Nurse Hatt relocated to Kenai from South Dakota in 1979. She started her correctional nursing career at Wildwood Correctional Center in 1986 and became the Nurse III at WCC in 2000. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time on the boat with Steve, her significant other, and, of course, shopping.

Thank you, Nurse Hatt, for your 30 years of dedicated service to the Department of Corrections!

We appreciate you!

2016 Juneau Crime Conference

The Crime Conference is off and running! Come get “What you need when you need it!”

For any Law Enforcement in Juneau this week, even if not for the conference: We have over 15 vendors at the conference who have traveled from the Lower 48, bringing their wares for your perusal. Please come and wander through the conference vendor area in the main lobby of Centennial Hall. If you have office mates who are not APOA members, please invite them as well. It is a great opportunity to see the new wares and technology.

So, if you have time on Tuesday, May 10, or Wednesday, May 11, (or both!), please come by and see the booths! To encourage this, if you come visit, get signatures from three vendors on your business card or equivalent (name and contact info), turn it into the Registration Table, you’ll be in the running for a Conference Swag bag. At the end of Wednesday, one name will be drawn from the business cards. The winner will get a Conference Swag bag which contains over $75 in swag, include a dual power bank, hot/cold beverage tumbler, 5-11 socks, and more.

Vendors Attending:

  • Glock
  • FOAST
  • Northern Security, Inc
  • Armour Express Body Armor
  • Braun Northwest
  • Watchguard Video
  • Bostec Inc/ Intoximeters, Inc.
  • 3M
  • Decatur Electronics, Inc.
  • Application Data System Inc.
  • Stalker Radar
  • CZ America
  • Taku Tactical
  • Benchmade Knives
  • Smith and Wesson
  • Vista Outdoor
  • Alaska Safety
  • Northstar Emergency Vehicles
  • FBI Guardian Management
  • Homeland Security Officer of Emergency Communication