The 2014 Gypsy Florence Nightingale Contest is being sponsored by: Atlas MedStaff.
In Recognition of Nurses Week, The Gypsy Nurse provided it’s readers and members of the Travel Nurse Network an opportunity to shine a spotlight on a travel nurse that has made a difference or encouraged someone to aspire to be a “Gypsy Florence Nightingale”. Someone that they felt embodied the three core values of The Gypsy Nurse: Collaboration, Camaraderie, and Community.
Please Join us in celebrating and congratulating Our 2014 Gypsy Florence Nightingale Winner!!
Debra Christensen, LPN
One of Debra’s submissions was anonymous and really stood out to The Gypsy Nurse Staff. The person submitting Debra submitted the following:
“Deb is very bright, very professional and her demeanor of compassion is extraordinary and her compassion shows in her patients that she is caring for anytime, day or night. Deb has taught me a thing or 2- like patience and I have 3 times the experience that she does. Deb has been a Nurse for 5 years and has been traveling for 3 years. She did many things for her Patients but one that really stands out to me is that She used her own money to buy a patient CD’s of his favorite artist during his last days on this earth and that proved to be calming for him and the family; she is very passionate about making a difference in someone’s life. Deb is a military Veteran and served 8 years in the Navy. She is an Army wife and has supported her husband’s, Nephews and her sons tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. In Nursing school, she worked full time as a CNA and she took care of a teenager while her Husband, Justin, was deployed to Iraq. While I was on assignment with Deb, she had Traveled 6 hours from Northern Vermont to New Jersey every other weekend to take care of her uncle and aunt with MS and cancer for 6 months. She is my true inspiration and a Gypsy Nurse Florence Nightingale at heart. All staff, patients and families just loved her and her compassion for others. When Deb took another travel position in Colorado, staff, patients and families were sad. Deb is the kind of Nurse that I would love to have take care me and my family, anytime.”
We also reached out to Debra’s most recent staffing agency, CoreMedical, and were told the following:
“The team at CoreMedical Group isn’t surprised that Deb Christensen has been nominated for the Gypsy Nurse Florence Nightingale award! Deb has traveled with CoreMedical since 2012 and is known for consistently being an outstanding nurse. She is very reliable, personable and knowledgeable. Our clients have offered her multiple extensions because she can be counted on to do a superior job at all times. In addition, many of Deb’s coworkers and superiors have told us how Deb became an important member of their team and how she is a very compassionate nurse who possesses exceptional skills.
The CoreMedical team had the privilege of meeting Deb on our annual Club CoreMed trip to the Caribbean. She is even more amazing in person! Deb has proven to be a very caring nurse and great person who is very worthy of the Gypsy Nurse Florence Nightingale award.” Lisa Charland, Marketing Specialist at CoreMedical Group