Nurse Appreciation Week
Thank you to our wonderful Nurses of Tribal Health
 
 
Angela Nicolai, BSN RN
 
Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
 
Why do you choose to be a diabetes nurse?
 
My Mom was a diabetic for many years, so diabetes education was always a subject I was interested in, and when I lost my Mom to complications of diabetes, it was an area I wanted to focus on and pursue. 
 
Favorite part of nursing?
 
My favorite part of nursing is the people I get to meet and support. I am the educator but they have taught me patience and empathy.                                 
 
 
Malia Kipp, RN
 
Community Health Nurse
 
Community: Pablo
 
Why do you choose to be a nurse?
 
I became a CHN by chance. Prior to my current position I had worked at Kicking Horse Job Corps for twelve years as a Medical Instructor. Long story short, I expressed my contiued interest to work for the CSKT, as well as my resume. I was offered my current position and with excitement I accepted my new, and challenging position as a Community Health Nurse. It did take a little time to get back into “nursing shape” after teaching for so long, I have to admit. I enjoy my job and appreciate being a member of the Ronan Tribal Health team. I learn something new every day. I appreciate the community of Pablo, the people I have met, and those that I have been able to care for.
 
Favorite part of nursing?
 
My favorite part about nursing is being privileged to have someone share their story with you (the blessings and the struggles). And the ability to make a postive difference in someone’s life.
 
Chelsea Brave Rock, RN
 
Medical Clinic Nurse
 
St. Ignatius Health Center
 
Why do you choose to be a nurse?
 
I choose to work at Tribal Health to work with Indian patients and to work with fellow Natives, almost feels like home
 
Favorite part of nursing?
 
My favorite part of nursing is working with and seeing my elder patients.
 
Brueshana Grant
 
Medical Clinic Nurse
 
St. Ignatius Health Center
 
 
Why do you choose to be a nurse?
 
At age 6 I knew I wanted to be a nurse because, my late grandmother Lorna "Honey" Grant was an amazing Public Health Nurse and I wanted to be just like her. 🙂 However, as I grew older and started to care for my grandparents and other family members, it was the understanding and emotional connection aspect that I knew this was the right path.
 
What is your favorite part of nursing?
 
The best part about being a nurse is when a patient sincerely thanks you for taking care of them. That feeling when you know you made a difference in a strangers life, it is an overwhelming emotion. 
 
Ellen Kaphammer
 
Community Health Nurse Covid Response
 
Community: Ronan
 
Why do you choose to be a nurse?
 
To help with COVID response, and help immunize our community.
 
Favorite part of nursing?
 
Helping people, seeing peoples health improve with education and support

 

 
Nasha Sinclair, RN
 
Clinic Informatics Nurse
 
Why do you choose to be a nurse?
 
I chose to be a Nurse because ever since I can remember I have been chasing my siblings, friends, and cousins with hydrogen peroxide and bandages. I've always wanted to be a nurse and my cousin Annesha Anderson, RN, BSN, OBRNC has always supported this in me. She was a student herself when I became pregnant with my first child, Jayson and she were with me explaining everything to me and holding my hand. I took an interest in OB when I was a preceptor in the Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) in my second year in Nursing School at SKC. I fell in love with OB Nursing and took up certifications in Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring, PACS, and NRP. I came to Tribal Health to work closer to my community and work closely with chronically ill patients in our Tribe. When I started working with Tribal Health I was an all clinics RN, where I filled in for people in any clinic that needed coverage. I worked with Milissa Grandchamp, FNP-C as her Clinic Nurse before becoming the Care Coordinator RN in Polson where I took calls, helped with referrals and generally coordinated care for our chronically ill patients. When we moved to EPIC I became a Credentialed Trainer, having worked with EPIC when I was with PSJMC.
 
Favorite part of nursing?
 
My favorite part of nursing is helping people. Although I work with Clinic Informatics now and do not see patients, I do make my way to the clinic and help out my fellow coworkers. I love my job now because I am behind the scenes helping out my fellow colleagues.
I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU!!!