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Employee of the Month

February Celebrate U employee of the month: Christina Navarro, LPN.

Christina, a die-hard Cowboy football fan, is an LPN and works at Great River Medical Center Med Surg and ICU. She has provided over 9 1/2 years of service to the hospital. Christina graduated from Arkansas Northeastern College and loves her nursing career. She was nominated by her supervisor, Joyce Pharo, RN. Joyce shared that Christina is the best nurse on the floor. She is all about patient care. She makes the patients feel comfortable with her compassionate care and helps the patients to feel in control of their medical care by educating each patient she encounters of the what's and whys and aftercare. Christina takes her time at the patient's bedside and is an example of nursing true to heart.

While working on the Med Surg and ICU unit, Christina will depend on equipment to complete her job such as the WOW (electronic charting), Omnicell (medicine dispenser), Dinamap (blood pressure), Telemetry, Nurse Call Light System, IV pumps. Christina is very excited about the new patient boards being installed in the patient rooms. This will provide for immediate access to your nurses names, treatment plans, and schedule for the day. The patient boards gives the nurses, doctors, and patients another way to communicate and educate. The board will be a nice edition and we hope our patients will enjoy becoming more integrated in their own patient care treatment plan while staying with us.

Christina enjoys nursing and she knew from an early age she would fulfill that goal. Christina enjoys her department because she is able to provide care for any age and any diagnosis. Christina feels that med surg and ICU is her niche because she is able to provide care for a variety of patients and diagnosis each day. When asked, What would you like to convey to the public about your department services, Christina responded that nursing is not all what you hear and see about. Nursing is about each nurse stepping up to care for their patients, it's about the compassion put into each patient encounter, the details in the documentation and the mission to get our patients back on their feet to a healthier lifestyle. Nursing is the team of nurses to who work 24/7. The nurses are here, not only for the patients, but for the patients family members and visitors. Our team of nurses are honored to care for each patient that visits our unit and we will do all we can for you. It seemed fitting that when Christina was asked what animal would you be and why, she chose an Army Ant. Christina is very much a hard worker and works diligently with the other healthcare professionals to get the task(s) completed. She sees herself as a soldier in healthcare world. Christina's hobbies include Sunday football, reading, music, and nursing. Nursing is everything to Christina and for those interested in the nursing profession, Christina would encourage you to be true to your heart and make each and every patient encounter to be the difference you make in patient care. Nursing have a crucial role and if done with compassion and passion, your patients will remember you and you will make such a positive difference for our community.