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Sheri Whitethorn, RN, BSN, CCRN

 
Registered Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care
 
"I have been an Alaskan for 34 years, graduating from Seward High School before traveling to the "Big City" of Anchorage to attend nursing school.  I have been working at Providence for 25 years since graduating from UAA.   During that time, I have worked exclusively with infants and children.  I started in the Newborn Nursery, then the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, before transferring to the general Pediatric Unit.  I helped in the development of the first PICU in the state, right here at Providence, opening in 1983.
 
My current role is to  work with infants and children who need sedation and close monitoring during  procedures such as MRI and CAT scans, BAER (hearing) tests, and bronchoscopies. Another role that I have at the hospital is as the Course Director for the Pediatric Advanced Life Support Program.  It's an American Heart Association/American Academy of Pediatrics Course to teach healthcare providers how to better assess and treat children who are seriously ill or injured. We teach classes regularly to employees from departments all over the hospital as well as outlying facilities providing them the skills to help take better care of kids.
 
While keeping myself busy with committees both at and outside of work, I do make time for something special in the summers.  I work as a volunteer for the Bird Treatment and Learning Center (Bird TLC) as a Baby Bird Mom.  I take care of orphaned or injured wild baby birds, raising and rehabilitating them.  They are a lot of work, but it is such a joy to release them back into the wild and watch them fly away healthy and independently.  In some ways, it's not so different from what we do in PICU; nurturing the kids back to health so that they can return to their normal home environment."