Your child needs surgery: Why pediatric expertise is important

Your child needs surgery: Why pediatric expertise is importantAt Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, one of our fundamental beliefs is that treating kids is different than treating adults, and that the best possible care only comes through specialized pediatric training.

Last week, I was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on this very subject that also featured my colleague, Amy Wagner, MD. Surgeons across the country joined together and …Continue reading →

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s 5th annual prom a night to remember

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s 5th annual prom a night to rememberAs high school prom season was in full swing, teenagers all over Wisconsin and America were able to attend their school’s prom and having a great experience they will remember forever. Teenagers who were staying at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and some of the outpatients were worried they were going to miss out. But they didn’t! They had the …Continue reading →

Ranked among the best in all 10 specialty areas by U.S. News & World Report

Ranked among the best in all 10 specialty areas by U.S. News & World ReportWe believe that kids deserve the best. So we celebrate when others recognize Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as being among the best. That makes the last few weeks pretty exciting for us.

First was the announcement that we received Magnet recognition for the third time. Magnet status is awarded to health care organizations for quality patient care and nursing …Continue reading →

5 reasons why you should have a MyChart account

5 reasons why you should have a MyChart accountIf you or your family members see a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin provider, consider opening a MyChart account. MyChart lets you view portions of your electronic medical records, helping you to become more involved with your family’s health care.

Here are five reasons why you should open a MyChart account. MyChart allows you to: …Continue reading →

We’re in the top 1 percent

Magnet Recognition ProgramIt’s been an exciting two weeks for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses. As we wrapped up National Nurses Week celebrations last week, we were informed of another announcement that we have been anticipating — we were scheduled to receive a phone call from the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program® with news of whether or not Children’s Hospital would receive Magnet designation for the third consecutive time.

This morning our auditorium was packed full of nurses, multidisciplinary team members and leaders. Staff from our Surgicenter and Fox Valley hospital joined by phone and in …Continue reading →

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses lead the way to excellence

7-year-old Carter and Lynn Estacio, BSN, RN

The parents of 7-year-old Carter were one of many families who nominated Lynn Estacio for Nurse of the Year. Carter is pictured with Lynn.

In celebration of National Nurses Week, we are honoring our Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses in many ways.

Day in and day out, each and every one of them demonstrates excellence — excellence in patient care, leadership, mentoring and furthering nursing science through evidence-based practice and research. I am so proud of the many accomplishments of our nurses!

Recognizing the excellence of our nurses extends far beyond me. Each year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides an opportunity for readers to …Continue reading →

Now accepting 2014 Nurse of the Year nominations

Every year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel offers an opportunity for members of our community to nominate a nurse for Nurse of the Year. This is an awesome way to publicly recognize a nurse who has touched your life or a member of your family’s life. 

I encourage you to watch the video above to learn more about this special opportunity to …Continue reading →

My experience as a nurse and the parent of a sick child

Elliot

7-year-old Elliot

I was a nurse at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for almost 10 years before I truly understood what it’s like to be “on the other side.” Yes, that’s what we call it.

It’s much easier being a nurse for a patient than it is being the parent of a patient. When we leave the hospital, our life gets back to normal. A parent does not get that same luxury.

This is an amazing place, filled with amazing people, but as a nurse I never wanted to be one of the parents on the other …Continue reading →

How child life specialists helped my kids during their emergency room visits

My daughter's dog bite to her face

A dog bit Paeton’s face.

As a mom, I like having a plan and checking things off my list. I also like to see my plans coming to fruition. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned since being a mom, it’s that nothing goes as planned.

Since August, I’ve found myself sitting in the emergency room of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin not once, but twice with two of my three children. Both situations were not in my plan.

I sat there both times feeling anxious and worried, but forcing a brave face for the sake of my hurting children. Even though I didn’t have a plan, I knew Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin did — thanks to their amazing …Continue reading →

Working together for kids and families

Today we experienced a frightening situation at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

We are still waiting for all the details to emerge. What we do know is that a man who was visiting our hospital was involved in an altercation with police and was shot.

My heart goes out to the family involved, to all of our patients and families who were here at the time, and to all of our employees who worked together to relieve patients and families of their fears. As the news broke, I know that friends and family were worried as they waited …Continue reading →