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Surprise Party for 85-Year-Old Nurse Who Shows No Signs of Slowing Down (or Retiring)

November 14, 2019

Surprise Party for 85-Year-Old Nurse Who Shows No Signs of Slowing Down (or Retiring)

By In the Loop In the Loop

Donna Alger has been a nurse for more than 60 years, the last 14 in Mayo Clinic’s Pre-Operative Evaluation Clinic. Her colleagues recently helped her celebrate her 85th birthday.

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Tags: Donna Alger, Dr. Richard Gray, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Nursing


Nurse Makes Chicago-Style Hot Dog for Dying Patient

May 30, 2019

Nurse Makes Chicago-Style Hot Dog for Dying Patient

By In the Loop In the Loop

Brittany Burnham, a nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare, knew her patient didn’t have much time left, so she took it upon herself to create a meal he’d been craving.

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Tags: DAISY Award, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Nursing


Chris Heesch: Nurse Manager by Day, Gourmet Chef by Night

June 12, 2018

Chris Heesch: Nurse Manager by Day, Gourmet Chef by Night

By In the Loop In the Loop

Shortly after starting his nursing job at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Chris Heesch was looking for a creative outlet outside of work. He’s found that, and more, in cooking.

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Tags: Chris Heesch, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Nursing


Heather Bird: From Transplant Patient to Mayo Clinic Transplant Nurse

May 31, 2018

Heather Bird: From Transplant Patient to Mayo Clinic Transplant Nurse

By In the Loop In the Loop

Heather Bird had planned to become a teacher. Instead, this summer she’ll start her career as a nurse at Mayo Clinic, where she had a lifesaving liver transplant and was inspired by her care.    

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Tags: cirrhosis, Heather Bird, liver transplant, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Nursing, porphyria


Healthy Habits You Can Sing Along With

October 19, 2017

Healthy Habits You Can Sing Along With

By In the Loop In the Loop

Lauren Iudiciani checks on her patient, making sure the girl and her mother have everything they need. She then brings in a four-legged visitor to say hello, leaves the room and starts singing. For Iudiciani, a nurse at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, it’s just another day at the office. (Well, except for the singing part.) 

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Tags: Healthy Living, Nursing, Wellness


Mother's Career Move Inspires Daughter to Pursue Nursing

June 6, 2017

Mother’s Career Move Inspires Daughter to Pursue Nursing

By In the Loop In the Loop

As a young girl, Taylar Olson watched her mother go through nursing school while raising five kids. Taylar soon found herself following in her mother’s footsteps. 

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Nursing, Patricia Olson, Taylar Olson


March 14, 2017

Nurses Rally to Make Wedding Hopes Come True for Patient

By In the Loop In the Loop

Fifteen years ago, Barb Wilker decided — pretty much on a whim — to become an ordained minister. “Not because I had some big religious calling, but because I couldn’t believe you could do something like that online,” the registered nurse in Urology at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus tells us. “I never had any real […]

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Tags: Amy Olofson, Barb Wilker, Nursing


March 14, 2017

Nurses Put Nervous Toddler (and His Mom) at Ease

By In the Loop In the Loop

Having ear tubes placed is a fairly routine childhood procedure. But as any parent knows, nothing is routine when it’s happening to your child. So when Anitha Prakasam was told her year-old son, Shrish, would need ear tubes, naturally she was nervous. “I imagined it would be miserable,” says Anitha, an IT analyst/programmer at Mayo […]

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Tags: Anitha Prakasam, Nursing


February 7, 2017

Mayo Nurse Uses Life as Nomad and Refugee to Inspire Others

By In the Loop In the Loop

It’s been a long, lonely and sometimes dangerous road to Mayo Clinic for registered nurse Habibo Haji. Born in Somalia, Habibo was just six months old when she was sent by her mother to live with her grandmother in a small, remote village. There, she lived in a simple, primitive hut built by her grandmother […]

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Tags: Diversity, Habibo Haji, Nursing


June 9, 2016

Nurse Becomes Patient After Surviving 100-Foot Fall While Hiking

By In the Loop In the Loop

Amber Kohnhorst loves animals and adventure. The trip she’d planned to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah promised both. She’d spend time volunteering at the shelter and do some hiking in nearby Cane Beds, Arizona. But what sounded like a perfect vacation quickly became a nightmare when the 25-year-old Mayo Clinic nurse fell 100 feet […]

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Tags: Amber Kohnhorst, Nursing, Rescue


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