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Nurse practitioner to receive distinguished alumni award

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Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

A highly honored nurse practitioner from Marion will receive this year’s distinguished Alumnus Honoris Award at the Clintonville High School graduation ceremonies. Tina Bettin, a 1981 graduate of Clintonville High School, will be recognized for her contributions to the field of nursing at the commencement exercises June 2.

Bettin is a nurse practitioner at ThedaCare Physicians in New London and Manawa. She has worked for ThedaCare since 2000.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1984, she went on to receive her master’s at the same school in 1988. In 2008, she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Minnesota and is a certified family nurse practitioner.

Besides working in a clinic setting, Bettin has kept a focus on local health care throughout her career. She has spoken politically to both local and state audiences on the importance of quality health care initiatives. She has also been involved with furthering rural health care initiatives and teaching medical students.

Bettin has held leadership roles with the Wisconsin Nurses Association and the Fox Valley Health Professionals group, and she is one of four nurse practitioners from Wisconsin to be inducted in the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Last October, Bettin was recognized as one of seven Wisconsin Nurses Association Advance Practice Nurses of the Year.

Bettin is the daughter of Kendal and the late Gert Kempf. She and husband Chris were married in 1985. Their daughter, Briana, is completing her doctorate in computer science at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.

To be nominated for the Alumnus Honoris Award, the individual must have distinguished himself or herself in an area of honorable endeavor, whether it be professional, vocational, business or military. The selection is made by a committee of community representatives, high school faculty members and officers of the senior class.

The award is given only on the years that the committee feels a worthy candidate has been nominated.