Our Nurses

Courtney Jones

Courtney M. Jones' Story

When Courtney M. Jones, RN, BSN, began her nursing career in labor and delivery, she found herself drawn to the teenage mothers. "I would always take those patients," she says. "I felt like I could really connect with them, and talk to them easily." So when she moved to school nursing, she knew a high school was the place for her.

Deborah Owens

Deborah Owens

"His future depended on the transplant, and I knew I had to do something to help," school nurse Deborah Owens, LPN, says. Learn how Owens went on to educate a community and save one child's life through bone marrow transplantation.

Meet Heather Walsh

Heather Walsh's Story

Meet Heather Walsh, MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, CHSE, CPN, the Simulation Education Specialist in the Board of Visitors (BOV) Simulation Program. She’s been at Children’s National for 15 years.
Meet Lara Gilmore

Lara Gilmore's Story

Meet Lara Gilmore, BSN, RNC-NIC, employee at Children’s National for nine years.
Debbie Freiburg

Meet Debbie Freiburg

Debbie Freiburg is the Director for Medical Nursing and Patient and Family Education Program. She has been at Children's since 1978, joining the team as a staff nurse on the Hematology and Oncology unit.

Debbie Lafond

Debbie Lafond's Story

Debbie Lafond began her career at Children’s National in 1991 as a clinical coordinator of the IV therapy team, and joined the department of Hematology/Oncology a year later as an advanced practice clinician.

Jeanne Ricks

Jeanne Ricks' Story

Jeanne Ricks, BSN, MS, RN, NE-BC, Director of Outpatient Nursing and Ambulatory Services in Children's National's Heart Institute, said she was meant to be a nurse.