After dedicating 31 years to serving others at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, nurse Deanne Niedziela’s life took an unexpected turn a year ago. Previously overseeing spinal care at the hospital, Niedziela found herself becoming a patient after a tragic accident in Costa Rica left her paralyzed from a crushed spinal cord.

Niedziela’s remarkable contribution to nursing did not go unnoticed. Recognizing her leadership in establishing the hospital’s spinal institute and her unwavering advocacy for patients, Daily Nurse proudly honors her as Nurse of the Week.

Returning to Mission Hospital for the last time as executive director of acute care services, Niedziela bid farewell to her colleagues, expressing gratitude for their support throughout her journey. Colleagues like Cherie Fox praised her resilience and strength, highlighting Niedziela’s ability to inspire others with her courage and determination.

As Niedziela embarks on the next chapter of her life, focused on recovery and independence, a GoFundMe page has been set up to assist her in achieving her goals. Despite the challenges ahead, Niedziela remains grateful for the incredible people she has worked with over the years, considering them colleagues and family.

“I’m just so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life,” Niedziela shared. “They’re my family, and I couldn’t imagine facing this new chapter without their support and love.”

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