“I just try to be kind to others.” Christine Palmore, Registered Nurse
Christine Palmore stays busy. A Registered Nurse at the Fauquier Free Clinic, she works to ensure patient needs are met.
A typical day begins with getting on top of messages left overnight, and phone-triaging patients who may need to be seen or are in need of medication refills. She optimizes patient flow, provides teaching in disease prevention and medication, and follows up with patients post-visit. She delivers lab results and takes calls from outside offices and the hospital. She also works with volunteers in all capacities to ensure quality care for patients.
And Christine knows something about volunteers, because her first experience at the Free Clinic was as a volunteer herself. A Charlottesville native and graduate of Radford College (BS, Biology) and Old Dominion University (BS, Nursing), her initial visit to the clinic was as a student during a clinical rotation. She began volunteering on a regular basis shortly thereafter.
Volunteering became a family affair when daughter Meredith came on board. “Meredith needed National Honor Society service hours,” says Christine, “and I heard that the Free Clinic could use help pulling charts for appointments.” During her final years of high school, Meredith volunteered for a few hours each week and “it worked out well for both her and the Clinic.” Now a Biology major completing her first year at UVA, Meredith is seriously considering a degree in Public Health.
Mother and daughter share a “can-do” attitude that is essential to their success. Christine comments that solving problems is the best part of her job. She loves the Clinic’s “warm and welcoming” atmosphere, and the “great team” that makes everything possible.
In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and visiting the museums in DC. She adores dark chocolate and springtime.
It is fitting that when asked if she has a credo to live by she replies, “I just try to be kind to others.” A model for many, she encourages others to volunteer at the Free Clinic as “a way to truly make a difference.” Certainly, she has already made one.