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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 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 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.
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.
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.
When Courtney M. Jones, RN, BSN, began her career in labor and delivery, she found herself drawn to teenage mothers. So when she moved to school nursing, she knew a high school was the place for her.
Meet Michelle O'Brien, RN, BSN, who feels a sense of purpose and meaning that makes her proud to be a nurse.
"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.
After nearly four decades in nursing, Jeanne Ricks says, “I have grown to understand the importance of every touch, every word.” Today, she touches children’s lives through leadership and mentorship of our cardiac nursing team.
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 over 15 years. Her nickname is "The Tap Dancing Nurse."
Craig Woodside always wanted to be in the medical profession, but it took him a bit of trial and error to find the right patients.
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