As a nurse practitioner for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) Pediatric Diabetes Program, it has always been about helping children on their health journey for Ann S. Christiano, MS, APRN, CDE.
“I do what I can to provide the right care at the right time for children and their families,” she says. “The most memorable moments are when I get to hear from a former patient that they are doing well. Those moments are always incredibly rewarding.”
Even when Christiano started a family, went back to school for her master’s degree and was working as a school nurse at Thetford Elementary School in Thetford, VT, she still worked at D-H as needed.
Bridget O. Mudge, RN, a longtime colleague who interviewed Christiano for her first job at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) in the float pool for maternal/child health, highlights her significant contributions in educating colleagues and peers about diabetes.
“As an APRN, she educates pediatric and school nurses on diabetes and provides updates on current modes of therapy. She is an expert resource, a diligent worker and a dedicated advocate for patients and their families,” says Mudge. “We are so lucky to have Ann with us for 40 years.”
Though she has been in this particular role for the past few decades, Christiano has found herself in roles from the Neonatal Nursery to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit helping children to feel better.
“It’s the people I work with at Dartmouth-Hitchcock that make this job a joy,” Christiano says. “We work together, and we always tackle problems together. It’s been a pleasure to see CHaD grow and have such a positive impact on the community.”
In addition to her role with the Pediatric Diabetes Program, Christiano is an instructor of pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine, sharing her valuable knowledge and decades of experience with medical students, nurse practitioner students and residents.