Meet the SPICE Nurse Consultants:
Julie Hernandez earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Barton College (formerly Atlantic Christian College) and is a NC Great 100 Nurse recipient. She has 38 years of professional nursing experience encompassing infection prevention, critical care management, and clinical education. Julie has been an infection preventionist for the last 21 years serving as coordinator and practitioner in local community hospitals. She served as the Nominating Committee Chairman for NC APIC’s 2007 elections, and has presented a poster at an APIC Annual International Conference. Julie is proud to serve healthcare facilities across North Carolina in her SPICE nurse consultant role.
Wanda Lamm has a BS in Nursing and has 38 years of nursing experience; 25 of those years are in Infection Control and Prevention. She has been certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology for 21 years. She has held various positions in APIC NC, including President, in 2014, and served on various community committees. She received the APIC Hero of Infection Prevention award in 2008, APIC NC Practitioner of the Year Award in 2007, and NC Great 100 Nurse in 2004. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the ICAR program to make a difference in infection control in various healthcare settings in North Carolina.
Heather Ridge began her career in healthcare with a bachelor of science in biology, concentration microbiology where she worked in a laboratory setting for 5 years. During this time, she realized her passion to work with patients and went to nursing school. Heather earned her BSN and has been a RN for over 12 years. She was spent the past 9 years dedicated to Infection Prevention. Her IP experience includes acute care, hospice, nursing homes, and outpatient oncology clinics. Heather is passionate about Infection Prevention and loves collaborating with colleagues to keep our patients safe.