Title: Registered Nurse
Company: Veteran Administration Hospital and Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital
Location: Inglewood, California, United States
Gwendolyn J. Hollinquest, Registered Nurse at Veteran Administration Hospital and Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nursing.
After Ms. Hollinquest’s younger brother was diagnosed with Reye’s syndrome, she chose to dedicate all of her time to being his caretaker. She was intrigued by the anatomy of the human body, and Ms. Hollinquest later developed an appreciation for holistic remedies – she found caring for people physically and emotionally to be an incredibly rewarding thing. Backed by these realizations, Ms. Hollinquest knew she wanted a career in which she could help people, and in 1986, she became a registered nurse through Santa Monica College. Later in 2005, she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. A certified diabetic nurse, oncology nurse, and wound care nurse, Ms. Hollinquest retired in 2011 after a more than 40-year career in the health system, and now spends her time volunteering in senior centers. She is a member of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates and is a life member of the University of Phoenix Alumni Association.
Commencing her career as a nurse’s aide in 1967, Ms. Hollinquest was a nurse at the Hubert Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center and with the Delano Prison System from 2009 to 2011. From 1986 to 2009, she worked at the Veteran Administration Hospital, now known as the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and from 1980 to 1986, she worked at the Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital, now called the Marina Del Rey Hospital. Ms. Hollinquest is well known in her field for creating an instructional method for patients to follow prior to colonoscopy examinations, which improved the efficiency of the examination by 90 percent. Notably, she received an Achievement Award from the VA Hospital for writing the instructions to this pivotal contribution, along with various other accolades for her skillsets. From her years of career growth and success, Ms. Hollinquest always stuck by her motto “Learn to empathize with people.”
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