Ministry Breast Care Patient Navigators obtain further education for breast care



(Stevens Point, WI) – Kerrie Treutel, RN and Amanda Friese, RN, Breast Care Patient Navigators at Ministry Breast Care Center recently completed training as Certified Breast Care Nurses (CBCN).

The Certified Breast Care Nurse examination tests the knowledge necessary for nurses to practice competently in the specialty of breast care nursing. CBCN is the only nationally accredited breast care nursing certification that is available exclusively to registered nurses, and that encompasses the entire spectrum of breast care nursing practice.

“This is a huge deal for our Breast Care Center,” said Dr. Christopher (Kit) Swiecki, Ministry Breast Care Center Medical Director. “Very few nurses take this rigorous course and only 85% who sit for the 165-question test pass.  Not only did Kerrie and Amanda pass, but they did so well on each section that they are fully certified and need no specific focused continuing medical education in any area.”

Established in 2012 as a means to provide patients the best support possible, a team of experts from Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group developed the Breast Care Patient Navigator Program and introduced Kerrie and Amanda as their first Breast Care Patient Navigators. 

Since then Kerrie and Amanda have served as advocates, helping women through trying times when dealing with abnormal breast findings or breast cancer diagnosis.

“The physical and emotional challenges women face at this time can be frightening,” shared Kerrie Treutel, RN. “We are there at every turn and want to have all the tools we can to be the best advocates we can be. We hope that our breast care nurses certification shows our patients that we are committed to provide them the best breast cancer treatment.”

For more information on Ministry Breast Care Center call 715.342.7500 or visit

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