Our Nurses' Stories

Hear from our nurses.

Our professional practice model centers around patients and families, but what does that mean in practice? Hear our nurses explain how they put children and families at the heart of everything we do.

Reginald Bannerman

Reginald Bannerman's Story

Reginald Bannerman beams when he talks about the work of the nurses in the inpatient psychiatry unit. He’s proud to have helped foster a close-knit team that encourages patients through treatment, celebrates their every victory, and advocates for awareness of mental health issues.

Megan Bellagamba

Megan Bellagamba's Story

Megan Bellagamba was inspired to become a nurse after her twin nieces were born prematurely and she saw the great care they received during their early days in the NICU. She saves lives at the hospital and during her personal time as fellow patron at a restaurant in Virginia, Pam Weil, recounts.

Lucy Burrell, RN

Lucy Burrell's Story

She didn't have a medical degree, but when the young administrative assistant who started at Children's National right out of high school stepped into the position as coordinator for Children's National neonatal database, her world opened up.

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Nadine Camp's Story

As a primary care provider at Children's Health Center at Good Hope Road, Nadine Camp sees her role as keeping children at their best. "This includes not only their health, but also in their ability to succeed at school, relationships, and beyond," says Camp.

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Mary Donofrio's Story

Fetal cardiologist, Mary T. Donofrio, MD, authored the first set of clinical guidelines for the evolving specialty of fetal cardiology. Learn about the new guidelines.

Debbie Freiburg

Debbie Freiburg's Story

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.

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.

Linda Krespan

Linda Krespan's Story

Linda Krespan, RN, who has 37 years of experience, came to Children’s National in 2001 as a contract nurse.

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.