May 10, 2016 10:00 AM

nurses at HCI

For a group of professionals who take their work very seriously, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) nurses also find time to fit a little “fun” into their lives at work. Many times this involves food or theme events, such as wearing crazy socks. They always find creative ways to bring a smile to a patient as well. Besides being competent at what they do, kind and compassionate to patients and families, they are also a huge support to each other. The work of a nurse is not easy. There are days when they are asked to accomplish more than seems humanly possible. Our HCI motto is “Patient first, United effort, Excellence in all we do.” HCI nurses live this 24/7.

Today’s Nurse Highlight is Jace Johnny, RN, BSN, OCN. He works in our intensive care unit. Here is Jace’s response to “Why I became a nurse,” along with a picture of him and three of his colleagues.

Growing up, I was a severe asthmatic and ended up in the emergency department three to four times a year. At a young age, I found an odd sense of comfort with the emergency room and the hospital. At the age of 10, I remember having an assignment my parents found funny, saying “When I grow up, I want to be a healthcare professional.” It was not until my senior year of high school that I decided I wanted to be a nurse. I always had an interest in critical care and emergency medicine, but my interest in oncology snuck in during my second year of nursing school. My brother was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at that time. If I did not do critical care, I knew I would go into oncology. Fortunately for me, I got both.

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