Ketchikan RN named MOD Nurse of the Year for Advanced Practice
Linda Gilson was named the Alaska Nurse of the Year in the Advanced Practice category at the annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Event
Gilson came to Alaska on a whim after answering an employment ad in a Registered Nursing magazine. Several years ago she wrote in an essay on her career, “I boarded my first plane and flew here, landing on the water in a PBY which the bubble filled each time with water. Expression I believe was “What have I done?” She decided to stay a year.
The year has turned into more that 40 years. What she had done was begin a long, successful career first at KGH and then at the Wilson Clinic, returning to Ketchikan General Hospital when the Wilson Clinic affiliated with the hospital. She presently is an Advanced Nurse Practicioner at PeaceHealth Primary Care.
She was nominated by Kathie Glover, an LPN at the hospital who works in Administration. Gilson and Glover have both been very active in the First City Council on Cancer.
Glover writes in her nomination of Glison, “She dedicates countless hours of her time year after year. She works tirelessly… She has always been the leader/organizer of our annual fundraiser, The St. Patrick’s Day Auction. We absolutely could not do it without her… I believe this nominee embodies the definition of nursing. She is a leader in our workplace, our community and is a pioneer of healthcare in the State of Alaska.”
The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year event honors both RN’s and LPN’s “whose leadership and contributions have made a significant impact in their community and the profession of nursing.”
Patients, friends, colleagues and other health professionals nominate nurses in eighteen nursing categories.
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Ketchikan General Hospital
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