UW Health Neuroscience Nurses Win Honors

Madison, Wisconsin - Neuroscience nurses Joan Kutz and Nancy Ninman received awards this month for their work on behalf of patients with neurological disorders.


The two received the honors in a surprise ceremony – complete with a "brain cake" – hosted by the American Parkinson's Disease Association, the Wisconsin Nurses Association and Teva Neuroscience.


Joan Kutz, a registered nurse, works in the department of neurosurgery and was honored for being committed to "holistic patient care," in part by being a great communicator with all members of the neurosurgery team. She is known for being detail-oriented and a great mentor for new employees. She also participates in research and presents at the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and is certified by the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing.


Nancy Ninman is an advanced practice nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner who works with patients with Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia in the UW Health Movement Disorders Clinic. She also helps patients before and after deep-brain stimulation surgery, programming the stimulators and helping patients learn their new technologies.


Ninman helped create and coordinates "Moving Forward," a free series of monthly talks sponsored by the UW Health Movement Disorders Program, which features experts answering questions for patients and caregivers. Beyond her many honors, most important is her connection with people.


"Patients and caregivers truly adore her," says Dr. Laura Buyan Dent, director of the UW Health Movement Disorders Program. "On a daily basis I hear wonderful feedback for patients and clinic staff. Nancy is a truly great example of how to provide outstanding patient care."

Date Published: 05/24/2013

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