In this edition of Five Question Friday, Jessica Thon tells us about the path she has taken from a nurse working in intensive care to a community health nurse involved in home care.
What is your role at Children’s?
I was a registered nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) until my son was born with a medical condition and needed skilled-nurse visits after surgery. At this time I was made aware of a great service that I had no idea Children’s provided; it was a great relief as a mom to find out that I would not have to bring my baby into the clinic three times a week for labs and that a Children’s nurse was coming to our home to do nurse checks, labs and collaborate with our physicians. After my son’s services were no longer needed, I pursued a position and have been a community health nurse for the past 11 years.
How long have you worked at Children’s?
This year will be 15 years working for Children’s.
What do you love most about your job?
I am privileged to be a part of a fantastic service provided by Children’s. I enjoy extending the hospital experience into our patients’ homes and providing education on their medical needs.
Why did you go into nursing?
When I was teenager, I had surgery and was on a pediatric floor. That moment was when I realized I had an interest in nursing. I have a great sense of empathy and desire to help others.
Do you have a favorite memory from working at Children’s?
I feel every encounter with families is a memory, but most recently I visited one of my patients whom I’ve known since she was 3 years old, from my earlier years working in the PICU. I just recently visited her in her college dorm!
(Bonus question) How do you spend your time outside of work?
I look forward to everything summer! I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two children in our boat.