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Our Nurses' Stories

Meet Michelle O'Brien

Michelle O'Brien's Story

Meet Michelle O'Brien, RN, BSN, who feels a sense of purpose and meaning that makes her proud to be a nurse.

Deborah Owens

Deborah Owens' Story

"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.

Patricia Powell

Patricia Powell's Story

Meet Patricia who has been a nurse at Children’s National for 21 years. One of Patricia’s most rewarding experiences was being recognized for the clinics’ work in improving childhood vaccination rates in the communities she serves.
Jeanne Ricks

Jeanne Ricks' Story

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.

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Julia Volcjak's Story

Julia Volcjak, RN, has been a nurse at Children’s National Hospital for nearly 30 years. Her lifelong connection with our hospital started with stories she heard as a kid.

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 over 15 years. Her nickname is "The Tap Dancing Nurse."

Kyle Wisor

Kyle Wisor's Story

The positive and powerful impact of compassionate care Kyle received as a child inspired him to become a pediatric nurse today.

Craig Woodside with patient

Craig Woodside's Story

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.

Chrystal Young-Johnson

Chrystal Young-Johnson's Story

Chrystal Young-Johnson is a Children’s School Services nurse known for excellence and dedication to the students and communities we serve.