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KMHS staffer appointed to state commission on nursing care

Donna Poole, medical services manager for Kitsap Mental Health Services, was recently appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to Washington state’s Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

The commission is charged with protecting the public’s health and safety by regulating the competency and quality of licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners and nursing technicians.

A 12-year employee of KMHS, Poole also has assumed a new role as psychiatric consultant for Kitsap-area primary care providers under the organization’s Health Care Innovation Grant “Race to Health.”

Poole has been frequently recognized for her excellence in practice, most recently by the Association of Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners with the organization’s 2010 Trust Award.

Kitsap Mental Health Services is the primary provider of mental health services for Kitsap County, offering care to children, adults and older adults, and their families. For more information, call 360-415-5871.

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