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Making a difference at Northside Hospital Gwinnett as an acute care nurse

Krysten Bolivar celebrates her Berry College graduation alongside her proud parents.
Courtesy of Krysten Bolivar

Meet Krysten Bolivar, the vibrant and caring acute care nurse at Northside Hospital Gwinnett — where, fun fact, she was born!

After graduating from Berry College in 2021, Bolivar found her calling at Northside, and we’re excited to share her incredible journey with you! But first, check out our Instagram reel and keep reading for details on her career with Northside and her favorite metro-Atlanta spots.

Before graduation, Bolivar eagerly reached out to Northside to apply for a job. When asked about her preferred campus, she wasted no time in expressing her passion for Northside Gwinnett.

“My first choice was with Northside Gwinnett. And as soon as the recruiter mentioned renal oncology, I was like, ‘Yes, let me get that interview, please!’ And I think that was the only one that I chose. I was like, ‘This is where I want to go.’”

Krysten Bolivar (far right) and friends.
Courtesy of Krysten Bolivar, Access Atlanta

Since joining Northside, Bolivar has found a second family on her floor.

“From day one, it felt like I belonged. My colleagues have become more than just coworkers; they’re my support system. We’re always there for each other; whether it’s assisting with nursing tasks or lending emotional support, we always have each other’s backs.”

A typical day for Bolivar involves providing exceptional care and handling treatments and procedures with finesse, all while lifting her patients’ spirits.

“Nothing compares to seeing a smile light up their faces. But let me tell you, during the tough moments, I’m not afraid to shed a tear or two alongside them. It’s all part of the nursing journey, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Krysten Bolivar celebrates her Berry College graduation alongside her brother and mother.
Courtesy of Krysten Bolivar, Access Atlanta

Northside Hospital is committed to supporting its employees by providing a comprehensive range of benefits. From paid time off (PTO), medical, dental, and vision plans to maternity and paternity programs and various financial assistance options like a pension plan, 403b, and tuition reimbursement. Bolivar values these benefits and the level of care provided by the hospital. Being a young nurse herself, she’s grateful for a chance to grow in that professional development area.

Krysten has recently become the chairperson of the Unit Practice Council (UPC), an integral part of the hospital’s shared governance. This role has allowed her to collaborate with her peers and make a meaningful impact on their unit as a whole. Whether it’s improving the experience for staff, patients, or their families, Northside provides endless opportunities for professional growth.

Bolivar’s guide to her Atlanta:

Go-to restaurant: Iron Age in Duluth - “My go-to order is the Hawaiian Bulgogi — trust me, you won’t regret it.”

Best spot to catch up with friends: StillFire Brewing in Suwanee - “I love to catch up with my friends here when I’m not working.”

Best place for a pick-me-up: Rivermill Bakery in Sugarhill - “I really enjoy their fresh teas.”

Northside holds numerous hiring events each month. If you’re ready to #LookToNorthside, you can find out about their upcoming events HERE.

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