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KIM MARQUIS
Summit Daily/Kim MarquisRebecca Jagusch enjoys helping people at her job as a nurse.
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As a young girl, Rebecca Jagusch knew she wanted to be a nurse. Ten years into her career, she won the coveted Nurse of the Year award at Summit Medical Center at a ceremony last week.”It was a bit of a surprise,” Jagusch said. “I wasn’t expecting it whatsoever.”

There are 16 nurses on the OB/GYN ward at the medical center, where new babies come into the world about 30 times a month or an average of one every day – but that’s not always the way it works out, as Jagusch recently helped deliver five babies in one shift.Overall, she loves caring for people, and postured that’s why she received the award.”It’s just part of who I am,” she said of her propensity for helping people. “I think that’s why nursing was such a great fit for me.”

A Wisconsin native who graduated from Carroll College with a degree in nursing, Jagusch and her husband, Scott, moved to Summit County nearly three years ago when he landed a position on the Breckenridge police force. The couple has a 1-year-old daughter, Lily, and lives in Breckenridge.Jagusch had worked in several large hospitals in Wisconsin and Denver, as an adult intensive care nurse and in neonatal intensive care, where she nursed sick babies. Accustomed to 400-bed hospitals, switching to the medical center in Frisco with nine inpatient beds was an adjustment.Intensive care – where she is usually responsible for only one patient at a time – is her specialty.

“There’s something about seeing patients so sick and see them get better and be able to go home,” she said. “It’s a great situation in ICU – one nurse to one patient – you can focus just on them.”And the babies, “It’s my love,” she said. “They’re just fun. What’s not to love about a baby?”Jagusch said seeing first-time parents instantly fall in love with their newborn children is a perk she enjoys every day.”They’re so amazed at what they’ve made,” she said. “And when you think about it, it is amazing. Each and every baby, it’s a miracle. It really is.”


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