Heroes By Our Side: Celebrating Nurses Week May 6-12

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As we celebrate National Nurses Week from May 6-12, we want to thank all of our nurses at Renown Health for making a genuine difference in the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve.

Over the last year, our nurses have done some incredible work both inside and outside the hospital. In recognition of their tireless work, we’re taking a look back at some of the great stories about our nurses who are sharing their skills in our community and beyond.

kenya nurseNursing Beyond Borders

As a registered labor and delivery nurse at Renown Regional Medical Center, Krystie Macdonald witnesses life-changing moments every day. And after returning from a 12-day trip where she volunteered at a clinic in Kenya, she was on the receiving end of some pretty life-altering events herself. “I can’t tell you how it’s changed my life,” Macdonald says. “You go to a place where you see people that have nothing, and it’s interesting to see how much you can help with how little you have. The whole experience was very humbling — you see a different world.”

Becca Gilbert, RN, (front row, center) with fellow members of the Air National Guard and volunteers of the Women and Children Crisis Centre in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Air Guard RN Makes an Impact in Community and Beyond

Becca Gilbert, BSN, RN, wears many uniforms. When she’s not wearing scrubs in her role as a trauma nurse in the intensive care unit of Renown Regional Medical Center, she’s wearing uniform as a first lieutenant in the Nevada Air National Guard. “Service is huge,” says Becca Gilbert, RN, of her role in the Air Guard. “It’s something that is ingrained in me and a big part of who I am as a person. I find a lot of pride in being a part of something that is bigger than what is going on in my world.”


Everyday Hero: Renown Nurse Helps Save Fellow Traveler’s Life

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Registered Nurse Ashley Saibini (third from left ) was honored by the American Red Cross as an Everyday Hero for helping a man who was having a stroke at Yellowstone National Park this summer. She is pictured with fellow RNs Daun Russell, Denise Lange and manager Brandi Griggs.

It’s been said that nurses dispense comfort, compassion and caring — even without a prescription. We’d like to add that they dispense care even without an exam room or hospital, like Ashley Saibini, RN, quality coordinator for Outpatient Wound Care, who was recently honored by the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada as an “Everyday Hero” for helping to save a tourist’s life while on vacation at Yellowstone National Park. When one of the members of her travel group became unresponsive during breakfast, Saibini suspected he was having a stroke and responded quickly.


By Your Side: NICU Nurse Helping Families for 30 Years

For more than 30 years, Gail Adler, RN, has been an important part of the fabric of her patients’ lives. And when Joye Kinkade went into labor at 36 weeks and needed an emergency cesarean section, Adler was by her side. And on Jan. 25, the 111th day of Kinkade’s son’s stay in Renown’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) — the same day he was transferred to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford — Adler was still there, offering comfort, care and support.

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Shawna Gomez (center), a 10-year cancer survivor, with nurses Cindy Peak (left) and Daun Russell.

Patient, Nurses Benefit From 10-Year Bond

Sometimes seeing a friendly face can make all the difference in a person’s life. And for Shawna Gomez, seeing three friendly faces on a regular basis for the last 10 years has proved that to be true. “Throughout my 10 years of coming to Infusion Services, three nurses — Daun Russell, Rosa Cortez and Cindy Peak — have worked here the entire time,” Gomez says. “They know everything that has gone on in my life.”

Do You Have What It Takes to Be an ER Nurse?

Compassionate. Patient. Focused. Strong. These are the qualities emergency room nurses embody as they treat patients during their most vulnerable moments. Watch Renown’s ER nurses as they help people throughout their day, every day.


  1. These nurses are so amazing! Thank you to all the RNs for all you do on a daily basis for your patients. Happy Nurses Week!