Recent Blog Posts

  • Why do I work in the HFM Cancer Center? August 12, 2019 - I have been working at Holy Family Memorial for 42 years; with 32 of those years in oncology nursing. My journey into oncology nursing started as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in 1981. Sometimes I think I got more from my patients than I gave to them. My oncology patients are one of the reasons… Continue Reading
  • Why do I work in the HFM Cancer Center? June 1, 2019 - When people ask me what type of nursing I do, and I say “oncology” I always hear “that must be so sad.” Yes, it is some days. But I wouldn't do anything else. I've been working oncology at Holy Family Memorial for 31 years and truly feel it has been my calling. I cannot take… Continue Reading
  • Mental Health Breaks, Seriously? May 20, 2019 - Many of us Wisconsinites have likely heard about Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Cole Madison’s decision to take a “mental health break” from football. Is there anything the rest of us can take from this example. In the month of May, we focus on Mental Health Awareness. The days of “pulling yourself up by your… Continue Reading
  • The importance of healthy employees April 18, 2019 - Improving the health of employees through employer-based wellness programs has many benefits to the employee and the organization’s bottom line. This article will share four common benefits of having healthy employees that are frequently shared by the Wellness Council of America or WELCOA. First, healthy employees typically will have fewer sick days. Whether a result… Continue Reading
  • Why do I work in the HFM Cancer Center? April 1, 2019 - I have worked for Holy Family Memorial for 23 years. In 2011, I was invited to a meeting to collaborate services for rehabilitation and cancer patients. Survivorship and rehabilitation programs were quickly growing among cancer centers throughout the United States. HFM gave the opportunity to 25 physical, occupational, speech therapists and assistants, radiation therapists, nurses… Continue Reading
  • Meaningful Difference of an Exceptional Patient Experience March 15, 2019 - When we go to a restaurant, we expect great service. When we purchase clothing, we expect great service. When we get work done on our home, we expect great service. There is a theme here. Regardless of what we do, we expect great service. When it comes to healthcare, we also expect great service. From… Continue Reading
  • Why I Work in Cancer March 1, 2019 - After many years pastoring churches in the United Church of Christ, I made the decision three years ago to move into hospital chaplaincy. I wondered at first if I would miss the endless variety of work one is presented with in parish ministry. What I quickly learned is that chaplaincy is as varied as the… Continue Reading
  • Employee Burnout: Impact and Solution February 15, 2019 - In 2018, Gallup conducted a study that was published by CNBC stating that 23 percent of full-time employees report they very often or always feel burned out. This burnout accounts for $125 billion to $190 billion in healthcare spending. The increase in healthcare spending is attributed to an increase in diabetes, heart disease, increased weight,… Continue Reading