This year, we are periodically spotlighting its employees who volunteer their time and talents to help our community. Anabel Quintanar, MSN, RN-BC, PHN has been with LVMC since 2004. She first started as a travel nurse for three years. She also worked as an Emergency Department charge nurse before becoming a House Supervisor.

Where do you volunteer?

I am the founder of Central Coast Nurse Professionals, a nursing organization working toward nurse empowerment in the local community by supporting the practice of nursing for all specialties/levels. We began meeting in October 2016. We have meetings at least three times every year, with specialty topics. In May, we’ll screen a documentary on sexual assault cases.

I am also a content expert for Ambulatory Care Nursing with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  In this role, I was appointed to serve a 4-year term as a content expert in a national panel that meets every four months at the American Nurses Association headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Why do you volunteer?

I have been beyond blessed with an amazing profession and many people have helped me along the way.  I received a lot of support when starting my career and getting my advanced degree that I feel it’s my duty to give back by volunteering for our profession's advancement.   I had most of my education paid for through scholarships I received. Actually, this hospital helped fund me for my Master of Science degree in Nursing, so I want to make it known that their investment is now giving returns!