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Emergency Nursing

Our Nurses

  • We are proud to have received Magnet designation from the American Nurses’ Association Credentialing Center in 2006. To learn more about the Magnet Recognition Program®, visit the American Nurses Credentialing Center  website.
  • We’re excited and proud to be expanding our staff to prepare for our expansion. Additional Nursing, Physician and Emergency Technician positions have been approved.
  • We have a talented and skilled staff. More than 70% of our staff has TNCC, ENPC and ACLS. 

The following are testimonials from ED staff:

Jeff L'Heureux, RN, Emergency DepartmentI enjoy working in an environment where I am continuously met with new challenges and experiences. My three years at MMC have been inspiring and rewarding as I’ve worked alongside patients, families and colleagues in acute medical emergencies.

Jeff L’Heureux RN
Emergency Department

Tori Willis, RN, BSN, Emergency DepartmentEmergency Nurses provide the first line of patient care in the Emergency Department, sorting through the sick and the wounded; identifying needs for those patients who require immediate interventions. Every day is a challenge, and undoubtedly, Maine Medical Center’s Emergency Department is the most complex, fast paced and diverse workplace I’ve ever experienced.

I’ve been an Emergency Nurse for seven years and I’m honored to have the experience of working with such a cohesive group of healthcare professionals. Collectively, we work hard to make a difference for those who need it the most.

Tori Willis RN BSN
Emergency Department

Kim Nicolet, RN, Emergency Department I love working at MMC because of the people I work with. I have an amazing group of teammates and everyone is open to teaching and learning from each other.

Kim Nicolet, RN
Emergency Department


Melissa Fairfield, RN, Pediatric Educator, Emergency DepartmentAlthough the Emergency Department is a fast-paced environment, there are always opportunities for learning and people here are happy to share their knowledge. We have a truly amazing team of nurses, physicians and support staff. I feel lucky to have found such an exciting, challenging and fulfilling career here at Maine Medical Center.
Melissa Fairfield, RN
Pediatric Educator
Emergency Department

Kate Wurgler, RN, Emergency Department I have been an RN at the MMC Emergency Department for the past 21 years. When I started in January of 1988 I would never have dreamed that I would be here for the next 2 decades.

Over the years, I’ve seen many changes in the ED:  volume and acuity in our department has increased tenfold, technology has evolved and improved care in many ways, we implemented a residency program for Emergency Medicine, and we have a separate physical space to provide a calm nurturing environment for our youngest patients.

However, some things have not changed.  Patients still require excellent, skilled, compassionate care. Laura Gasparis said “A nurse will save your life”. Outstanding assessment skills are a must.  Patient and family advocacy, new skill sets for different population groups, and an increased sense of patient and family needs are integral pieces of our practices.

I love being an Emergency Nurse; to be comfortable in any situation—good or bad.  I have learned that it’s exciting to be at a birth and an honor to be with a patient at the time of their death, and it’s always a privilege to assist patients and families in dealing with unexpected events.  What makes emergency nursing unique is that we have a very short amount of time to create a professional relationship with the patients and their families.  I consider it a personal challenge to earn their trust so that I may care for their loved ones.

Kate Wurgler RN
Emergency Department

Theolonius Wolfgang Dutton, RN, Emergency Department After making the decision to move from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Portland to be with my fiancé, I began investigating nursing opportunities at local hospitals. The biggest influence on my decision to apply for a nursing position at Maine Medical Center was its’ status as a Magnet Hospital and its’ designation as a Level One Trauma Center. Knowing those two things spoke volumes about the professionalism and quality of nursing care I could expect to find.

As a nurse with two years experience, I’ve found the orientation to the Nursing Department as well as the Emergency Department at Maine Medical to be well structured and customized to meet the needs of its’ new nurses. I have also discovered that the people who make up the Emergency Department have far exceeded my expectations.  The work environment is supportive; right down to each of the services and departments working together as a team to guide patients through the health care system.

Theolonius Wolfgang Dutton RN
Emergency Department

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