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Shirley Carstens


Ms. Carstens, RN, MSN is the Planning Section Chief of Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps (PC MRC). She is responsible for the planning of all activities requiring the activation of PC MRC volunteers. This includes such diverse engagements as organizing public flu clinics starting with the H1N1 epidemic of 2009, quarterly Pierce County Project Homeless Connect health clinics since October 2012, and mobilizing the PC MRC to assist in the measles outbreak in Clark County in early 2019.

When she retired as a school nurse, she still had the passion to exercise her chosen profession, and signed up with the PC MRC. She volunteered in a leadership capacity, placing herself front and center of a new organization with all the demands of growing a professional affiliation. Ever the nurse and teacher, she has mentored several students as they fulfilled internships at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. As the caring nurse, she has filled in last minute requests for help at a local free clinic when other nurses became indisposed. She is equally at ease with a single client experiencing homelessness at the Tacoma Stability Site as she is giving a presentation to a group of professionals at Jackson Hall at Tacoma General.