The North Dakota Center for Nursing Excellence recognized a local nurse for her work teaching nursing students.

Registered Nurse Deb Thingstad joined Jamestown Regional Medical Center in 1997. As a nurse in the hospital’s Family BirthPlace, she has assisted in the delivery of more than 1,000 babies. Part of her role also included encouraging and supporting nursing students through clinical precepting.

“As a nurse, each professional hour is dedicated to helping those around you, this includes the next generation of nurses. Deb approaches every encounter whether a patient, family member or student with love, guaranteeing they receive the information necessary to succeed,” shared JRMC Chief Nursing Officer, Trisha Jungels. “A heartfelt congratulations and thank you to Deb for dedicating herself to others in care.”

Throughout her 43-year career, Thingstad worked night shifts, day shifts and would often pick up additional shifts to accommodate her coworkers.

“In addition to her excellent work ethic, she is a great teacher and continues to serve as a preceptor to this day,” her nomination reads.

Thingstad will receive her award at the Center for Nursing Excellence banquet in March. The public is welcome to dessert, coffee and an open house in celebration from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

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