Meet Ginger Winder, M.S.N., R.N., CPN
Advocating for both families and her fellow nurses
“At Children’s National Hospital, nurses have a seat at the table,” says Ginger Winder, M.S.N., R.N., CPN, a manager of Surgical Care Nursing at Children’s National. “All nurses have many opportunities to grow here.”
In 2021, Ginger won the Children's National Magnet® Nurse of the Year award for her commitment to empowering her team through her leadership.
As a nurse manager on the Surgical Trauma Care Unit, which also serves as the isolation ward, Ginger plays a critical role in the operations of the department, especially with patient care and staff support. “I really like working with this team on both the patient care and employee level. It’s wonderful seeing how staff grow stronger in their scope of work while patients heal,” Ginger says. “We get patients that come in with significant burns. These injuries are not only physically but emotionally damaging, so it is very rewarding to see our employees aid these children holistically. The staff here all play an active role in helping children physically, mentally and emotionally so they can return to their vibrant selves.”
Ginger has been working with patients, staff and families for over 16 years and loves to share her extensive experience with new nursing graduates. “I’ve worked with a lot of new graduate nurses that I’ve mentored into strong leaders both in this unit and throughout Children’s National,” says Ginger. “Seeing them grow professionally is so gratifying. These nurses become leaders in their own right.”
Ginger has some tips for new nurses. “Be patient with yourself! You will never know everything, especially when you first begin your nursing career. Be engaged with your learning, advocate for yourself and ask questions – asking questions is a good thing.”
Most of all, Ginger encourages her fellow nurses to take any opportunity they can to be a part of the origination and to get involved. “At Children’s National, nurses can find many ways to grow. I love working here, I cannot imagine working anywhere else.”
Thank you, Ginger, for all the work you do for our patients, families and staff. Congratulations!
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