Penrose-St. Francis Nurse Wins Nightingale Award

Spitzer is an Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinical Educator at Penrose Hospital. Spitzers 39 years of nursing experience and a passion for volunteering have taken her worldwide. Her first trip related to natural disasters started with the 1970 earthquake in Peru. She volunteered as a critical care nurse on a Mercy ship after the tsunami in Indonesia and, 10 days later, went to Nias Island after an earthquake had destroyed the entire island. Following this trip, Olinda was invited to the White House and awarded the Gold Award from the Presidents Council, which was created by President Bush to thank volunteers who make a difference.