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Q&A with Deb Hansen


During National Nurses Week and throughout the year, we are proud to celebrate our nurses for their compassion and dedication. We are thankful for our wonderful team, including Deb Hansen, chief nursing officer of Providence Alaska Medical Center. Read on to find out what Deb says is most rewarding part of her job.
 
Providence: Is there a patient you still think about?
Deb Hansen: I think about a baby in a NICU who I cared for over a year; three days before discharge, he had a cardio-pulmonary arrest and suffered brain damage. I was caring for another long-term patient in the next bed when this happened and I was devastated. I still keep in touch with his parents, as they have become really good friends. 

Providence: What’s the best part about your job? 
DH: I get to watch the pride the nurses and other staff take in the care they deliver and in their commitment to Providence, our mission, vision and core values.  

Providence: What’s the most rewarding part of your career? 
DH: Knowing that due to the care we provide, patients and families are able to leave the hospital setting and many times return to their homes healthier than when they came into the hospital. It’s also rewarding to know that we can provide exceptional palliative care and hospice care as well. 

Providence: Where do you see health care heading in the future? 
DH: I see more robust transitions in care for those we serve, with better communication, and hopefully a case manager or navigator who works with the patients and families for as long as they receive care within our system, following them wherever they are receiving care. ​​