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Christine Dostal

Hi, my name is Christine Dostal and I am a Master of Nursing: Community Health Nursing student. I attended Hope College in Holland Michigan for my BSN and shortly after graduating moved to Seattle and began working at Harborview Medical Center on the Orthopedic Trauma floor. I quickly found myself drawn to the case management aspect of nursing and have been exploring this path ever since. The fragmentation and complexities of the current American health care system sparked an interest in other countries healthcare structures and I now hold a nursing license in the United Kingdom. After practicing nursing for a few years in southern England I made my way home to Seattle and returned to my beloved Harborview Medical Center.

Currently I am working at Edward Thomas Medical Respite, a homeless shelter designed to provide care for those who are not ill enough to remain in the hospital but who are not well enough to return to the streets. Caring for the homeless population has become the driving force in my pursuit of my Master of Nursing degree. I am a firm believer in the harm reduction philosophy of practice and through my studies at the University of Washington I hope to learn more about how to best provide care for individuals and populations living with addition.

When I am not working hard at the clinic or occupied with my studies I enjoy al the splendor the northwest has to offer. I am an avid cyclist and try to put in at lest a few miles every day on my bike. I keep two kayaks at the Waterfront Activity Center on the UW campus and when weather permits I am out on the lake paddling around Lake Washington and Lake Union. I am married to a talented chef who inspires me to eat well and explore new culinary treasures.