SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - As we celebrate National Nurses week, we’re highlighting the special work of those who serve our veterans.
There’s one nurse whose infectious smile is a staple in the halls of Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.
Like many others, Catherine Gill could’ve taken her nursing career anywhere in the world. Instead, she chose a path close to her heart.
“My background just fits it perfectly and I love being with military people,” said Gill, “My dad was Air Force, Air Force retired and then I married a Marine, and I have uncles that are Army and Navy, so it’s a little bit of everything, every branch.”
Gill is a Registered Nurse and for the last 16 years, she’s worked in the ENT clinic at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.
“Every day is different. Every day is a new challenge,” laughed Gill.
A challenge, or in her case, a calling.
"I think when you’ve been in the military that’s one of the kind of feelings you get, you learn to help each other, your community and you have that feeling of wanting to extend a hand, a tissue, and a shoulder sometimes too and whatever else is needed," she explained "(and) I guess that’s why I do nursing, I care about people and I care about their welfare."
Her passion and dedication earned her the Daisy Award for extraordinary nurses.
"I am doing something that is worthwhile and that is taking care of the welfare of people who may not have anybody at home, taking care of them and this little bit that I give them I feel it fulfills my life."
She’ serving those who once bravely served us.
“We have a lot of older veterans and they’ve been around a lot of places and you know it’s just like being in a history book.”