Betty Gibiino | Legislator Robert Trotta’s Honoree | Branch of Service: Army
Betty Gibiino was born and raised in California, where she first thought of becoming a nurse. While in high school, Betty explored serving in the military and when she was 17 years old, she enlisted in the Army. She completed her basic training at Fort Dix, attended Technical School at Fort Sam Houston, and was stationed with the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell.
Betty went on to serve as an LPN in active duty from 1986 through1989, where she was also an EMT. While in the Army, Betty received the Medal of Honor, as well as many Citations and Certificates of Achievements. She believes that being in the Army enhanced her skills and talent as a nurse. Betty was honorably discharged in 1989 and remained in the reserves until 1994.
Later she worked at the VA Hospital in Manhattan where she pursued her RN. Betty continued to work towards becoming a nurse in the ICU while working full time at a nursing home, and attending classes at Nassau Community College. She then took a position at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC). Betty moved from there to Winthrop Hospital where she continues to work today. She started on the medical/surgical floor and then achieved her goal where she remains a senior nurse in the Critical Intensive Care Unit/Surgical Intensive Care Unit caring for individuals with medically complex cases.
During the pandemic, Betty’s unit cared for the most critically ill patients, many of whom were on ventilators.
While working in Nassau County, Betty married and moved to Kings Park where she and her husband, Charlie, are raising their three sons. She is extremely active in her community, as well as her children’s schools. Betty is Treasurer of the Council of Schools and vice president of the Parents Faculty Association of the Kings Park High School.
Throughout the years, Betty has facilitated multiple clothing and toiletry drives for the homeless veterans who were residing at the shelter at the Northport VA Hospital. In addition, she volunteers for Kings Park Clean-Up Day and other community-related events and projects.