Russell Sage College Nursing student Julia Petreikis ’23 received a Safety Hero award from Albany Medical Center for the lifesaving role she played in a medical emergency that occured during her clinical rotation. 

Chief Medical Director Daniel Pauze, MD, and Hospital General Director Peter Paige, MD, presented the award to Julia for “timely recognition of a patient in acute distress, effective team communication, collaboration, use of resources and activation of the emergency response system optimizing outcomes and prioritizing patient safety.”  

“I knew what to do because I’ve been prepared by my professors,” said Julia, specifically acknowledging Assistant Professor Amanda Koennecke, NNP, and Clinical Professor Jennifer Nichols, PNP. 

“They give us feedback on what we should be doing. They teach us correct techniques and emphasize being confident. That has prepared me.”

Julia, a native of Clinton, New York, will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and plans to pursue a career in pediatric nursing. 

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