Stories about: Caregivers

Journeys to excellence: Stories of three award-winning nurses

Cassandra is a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital.
Cassandra Fleurentin

Every year, the New England Regional Black Nurses Association (NERBNA) recognizes nurses for their outstanding commitment to their profession and for going above and beyond in their designated specialty area. Read the stories of the three Boston Children’s Hospital nurses honored with this year’s Excellence in Nursing Awards.

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When nursing runs in the family

For some, being a nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital is a family affair. In this video, meet a few of the men and women who care for patients and families alongside their own siblings, parents, children and spouses:

  • Sisters-in-law Shanna Barker (MICU) and Kelly Wietecha (MICU)
  • Caitlin Dolan (Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and her mother Kathy Waddicor (Adolescent Medicine)
  • Sisters Michelle Audain (MSICU) and Pascale Audain (MICU)
  • Pat Pratt (Nursing Director of Patient Services — Procedure Units) and her daughter Amy Sparrow (Center for Motility and Functional Disorders)
  • Paula Conrad (MICU) and her niece Emily O’Brien (Intermediate Care Program)
  • Jean Gouthro (General Medicine) and her niece Karin Gavin (General Medicine)
  • Twin sisters Julia Perkins (Enteral Tube Program) and Rosella Micalizzi (Colorectal and Pelvic Malformation Center)
  • Liz Sacco (CICU) and her mother Patricia Burke-Sacco (Day Surgery)
  • Sisters Megan Dube (Inpatient Gastroenterology) and Denise Currier (Intermediate Care Program)
  • Michael Greenlee (Cardiac ICU) and his wife Lisa Greenlee (Cardiac ICU)

Learn more about Nursing at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Double take: The special approach that corrected one child’s vision overnight

Dr. David Hunter, pictured here, corrected Eliza's crossed eye at Boston Children's Hospital
Dr. David Hunter is a pioneer in detecting and treating children’s eye conditions with a range of new and tried-and-true technologies and techniques.

“At school I was seeing double today, Mom,” said 9-year-old Eliza in May of 2015. Catherine hadn’t noticed her daughter’s eyes crossing and suspected that her fourth grader was simply tired.

A few weeks later, however, Catherine and her husband were sitting in the front row at Eliza’s chorus concert, when suddenly they both noticed their daughter’s eye was crossed. It was Eliza’s 10th birthday.

“She was fine one day, and then the next her eyes weren’t working together,” says Catherine. “It was terrifying.”

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Epilepsy: Top tips and tricks from our staff

In honor of Epilepsy Awareness Month, some of the nurses and social workers who support the Boston Children’s Hospital Epilepsy Center share their top epilepsy tips.

Chris, a social worker in the Epilpsy Center

Chris’s tip: Get support!

Chris Ryan, LCSW, recommends that you consider therapy for your child or family — or both. Kids with epilepsy are at higher risk for behavioral and mental health conditions, like anxiety, depression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They may also struggle with the lifestyle restrictions epilepsy can cause. A therapist can help your child learn to cope with these conditions.

Chris says joining a support group can also help kids with epilepsy — and their families — learn how to adjust to living with epilepsy.

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