St. Luke's Nurse Achieves Advance Nurse Specialist Certification

St. Luke's Hospital congratulates Loretta Pack, RN, MSN, Advance Practice RN, for achieving a high level of nursing, a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Pack is well-known in the hospital and the community as the Orthopedic Patient Care Nurse Navigator for St. Luke's Hospital and Rosenberg Bone and Joint. For nearly seven years, Pack has served in the role a liaison for patients, families, nursing, medical staff and hospital administration to assist and expedite all aspects of orthopedic care, from the pre-op Joint Camp to the discharge planning and follow-up.

In addition to her position as Nurse Navigator, Pack has been has also been taking post-graduate classes over the past five years, from Western Carolina University's Family Nurse Practitioner program, followed by the CNS certification program at Eastern Carolina University.
Following hours of "classroom" and online classes, Pack was assigned to shadow a Palliative Care Nurse because at the time, there was no mentor qualified in Orthopedics. Pack petitioned the NC Board of Nursing to accept her years of orthopedic expertise for the Advanced Nurse Specialist certification.

Submitting letters of recommendation from Dr. Brian Rosenberg, Dr. Tom Dashiell and two Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, an impressive resume, job description and all the class work transcriptions, Pack waited months before she received the good news that she'd met a battery of core competencies as an advanced practitioner.

With her new professional title, Pack is working with St. Luke's Administration to become more involved with clinical change within the hospital setting and influential in community health through the development of clinical standards, protocols and problem-solving.

Pack, a native of California, has been with St. Luke's Hospital for 12 years, serving in various leadership capacities. She spent a year working with Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, where she was responsible for all clinical assets necessary for the startup of the 12-bed Hospice House, which opened in 2009.

Pack returned to St. Luke's Hospital to create the role as orthopedic liaison to assist patients as they navigate the complexities of preparing for and recovering from joint replacement surgery. Orthopedic services have grown exponentially at St. Luke's Hospital, with patients coming from across the region, the state, the country and even the ocean to benefit from Dr. Rosenberg's advanced procedures and the impressive care provided by St. Luke's Hospital. In January 2014, the hospital opened a comprehensive new six-bed patient wing and state-of-the-art rehabilitation center dedicated to the care and recovery of orthopedic patients.

When she is not working between the hospital and Rosenberg Bone and Joint, Pack is home with husband Alvin and their two "girls," golden retrievers Emily and Mae. In addition to her pets, Pack enjoys cooking and making wine at Green Creek Winery.

St. Luke's Hospital is a private, not for profit community hospital dedicated to providing exceptional care, close to home.