Meet Cathy, American Family Children's Hospital Registered Nurse

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Meet Cathy, American Family Children's Hospital Registered Nurse

Nursing at American Family Children's Hospital: Meet Cathy
"We're one of the top hospitals in the nation. I think our care is some of the best care you can get." - Cathy, RN
Connect with us - careers at American Family Children's Hospital; Madison, WisconsinQ: What do you do for a living, Cathy?
A: I work at as a registered nurse at American Family Children's Hospital in Pediatrics. I'm a care team leader. I care for school-age and adolescent children. We treat hematology and oncology patients and do direct patient care.

Q: Why did you decide to work at Children's Hospital?
A: I work at UW because I love the challenges. It's very innovative. It's very challenging. And that pediatric population is something I truly love. There is just something about when you take care of children - they just get a soft spot in your heart. People say to me, "I can't believe that you can do that because it would be so hard," but, actually, it's probably the most rewarding job I've ever had. I wake up in the morning and I'm excited about going to work. I get up without an alarm clock because I truly enjoy what I do there.

Q: It sounds as though you're very happy with your choice.
A: UW Hospital is a wonderful place to work. I think we have some of the best benefits that you can get. I have a wonderful nurse care manager who's very willing to work with you, and she realizes that I have a family, too. I've worked in several other hospitals and UW Hospital is certainly my first choice.

Q: You mentioned the pediatric population. Is it highly varied?
A: Our patients come from all over. We've taken care of kids from other countries, many other states, of course, Wisconsin… all over. They come here because our practice at the UW is outstanding. We're one of the top hospitals in the nation. I think our care is some of the best care you can get.

Q: And plans for getting even better are already in place.
A: The new Children's Hospital that we have coming is very, very exciting. It's great to be a part of it, part of the planning. It's even going to be better for our patients. It's going to be better for our doctors. I'm very excited and glad to be a big part of that.

Q: What do you like about working with children?
A: We get so much from the children that we care for. It's a wonderful feeling to know how much you've helped different kids through various stages in their lives, through some of the difficult times. When they come back up to the hospital to just show you, you know, hey, look at me, I'm walking again - what a wonderful feeling. And they all know who you are. We don't always remember their names because we care for so many, but you can just see it in their eyes, how happy they are that we took care of them.

Q: Have you ever been tempted to look elsewhere?
A: I could work at another place and, at times, yes, it could be easier, but I choose to stay at the Children's Hospital because I truly love the pace. I love the challenges that the hospital gives us. Many that previously left have come back and that truly says something about what a wonderful place it is to work.

Q: Would you encourage a child of yours to become a nurse?
A: If one of my children wanted to be a nurse, I definitely would encourage them. It's a great field to get in. You always feel you have job security in nursing, and I truly love doing what I do.