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Joan Claudia Petow

Joan Claudia Petow, American orthopedic nurse. Registered Nurse, Washington; certified orthopedic nurse.


  • Petow, Joan Claudia was born on March 5, 1946 in Spokane, Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Daughter of August and Ella (McHargue) Petow.

  • Education

    • Diploma summa cum laude, Deaconess Hospital School Nursing, Spokane, 1967. Bachelor of science in nursing cum laude, Pacific Lutheran University, 1969.


    • Staff nurse orthopedic unit Deaconess Medical Center, Spokane, 1969-1970, nurse Intensive Care Unit, 1970-1972, assistant head nurse adult surgical unit, 1972-1973, head nurse orthopedics unit, 1973-1983. Orthopedic staff nurse Valley Hospital and Medical Center, 1984-1996. Nurse Northwest Orthopedic Specialists, since 1995.

      Orthopedic quality assurance representative Valley Hospital and Medical Center, Spokane, 1988-1990.

    Major achievements

    • Registered Nurse, Washington. Certified orthopedic nurse.


    Chairman Spokane Council Christian Business and Professional Women, 1976-1977. Member National Association Orthopaedics Nurses (certified, president-elect Inland Northwest chapter 1998-1999, president Inland Northwest chapter 1999-2000, chapter advisory committee 2001-2004, president-elect 2002-2003, president since 2003, nominating committee 2005, Outstanding Orthopaedics Nurse Practice award 2003), Sigma Theta Tau.



    Reading, bicycling.


    • father: August Petow
    • mother: Ella (McHargue) Petow
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    Born March 5, 1946
    (age 71)