Nurse practitioner joins staff of Magnolia clinic

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By Navisha Collins

Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Family Care Center in Magnolia has a new face.

Kimberly Gambino recently accepted the position as the overseeing provider at the clinic. She is a certified family nurse practitioner who received her Master of Science in Nursing at Western Kentucky University in 2008. She is working on a doctorate from Bellarmine University in Louisville. She hopes to complete this step in her education and career by next spring.

Gambino also teaches a class of nursing students at St. Catharine College in Bardstown.

“I want to be a mentor for others to continue their education,” she said.

Her decision to go into nursing came at a young age.

“My mother was a CNA (certified nurse aide). She worked doing in-home care and she loved taking care of others. It was because of her that I became a nurse. I can’t imagine doing anything else except taking care of others,” she said.

She would often go with her mother to work and spend time with the patients.

Gambino was in family practice when she began her career but switched to internal medicine practicing for four years before making the move to urgent care.

“I really missed family practice and I am glad to be back with HMH. I started out my career here and I want to be able to retire with them as well. When I got the offer I was more than happy to accept a position in a community close to home.”

Gambino is a Horse Cave native. She resides in Bonnieville with her husband, James and her daughter Adyson, 2.