Nurse: Brianne Ortega, RN, BSN, CLC

2018 Health Care Heroes Award Winners

Nurse

Brianne Ortega, RN, BSN, CLC

Public health nurse in Family and Community section

Waukesha County Public Health Division

Brianne Ortega has displayed a clear passion for serving the most vulnerable members of Waukesha County and the surrounding community: newborns and their families.

Ortega is a public health nurse with the Waukesha County Public Health Division.

The HOPE Network is a grassroots self-help support system, serving single mothers and single pregnant women living in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee and Racine counties.

Clients of the HOPE Network typically have limited resources to care for their growing families.

When the former HOPE Network provider retired, Ortega stepped into the interim provider role for several months to ensure there wasn’t a lapse in support for the HOPE Network’s clients.

While serving as the HOPE Network’s interim provider, she supported the organization’s infant mortality reduction initiative by providing current and comprehensive safe sleep education to clients who received cribs and other safe sleep resources.

“Basic baby necessities are not easy for everyone to obtain and it is quite humbling to provide for those in need,” Ortega said. “Without HOPE Network, babies would not have a safe place to sleep. Mothers gain confidence knowing they have met their babies’ basic needs.”

When two new staff members joined the HOPE Network, Ortega played a critical role in training them on how to work with clients and provide sensitive and supportive safe sleep education. Ortega continues to serve as a resource for staff and community members on the most current infant safe sleep practices.

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