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Longtime hospital CNO retires

Nursing has offered her a glimpse of humanity few get to experience


September 30, 2020

Photo courtesy of MHSC

After a career that has spanned four decades in healthcare, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County CNO Kristy Nielson will retire from full-time work Oct. 1.

Kristy Nielson once took care of a young woman whose virus left her unable to walk. The woman was a patient in the nursing unit of the hospital in which Nielson worked.

"I and the others on the healthcare team were committed to seeing this young woman walk," Nielson said. "And, she did. She walked out of the hospital a year after she was first admitted. One day, about a month after she left the hospital, I saw her out in public with her friends. It is etched in my brain. She was having a good time, smiling and laughing. That was one of the best nursing moments of my career."

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