Oct 26 at 5:30 PM
CHI Health proudly celebrates Kathy Hoffman, RN case manager from St. Elizabeth in Lincoln who recently celebrated her 50th work anniversary. She is recognized for working more years with our organization than any other employee, and we are humbly appreciative that she has spent her nursing career with us. Kathy shared interesting insights about her journey in nursing over the years. I wanted to be a nurse since I was ten years old and spent many months in the hospital with polio. I was a candy striper, a volunteer for Red Cross and a member of the nurses club in high school. I went to the University of Nebraska nursing program and worked in the operating room at St. Elizabeth for one year. So getting accepted to St. Elizabeth School of Nursing was so exciting for me and my family." "Living in a dorm with fifty young women was challenging. But we all became like family after three years. We still maintain friendships today. We often talk about our clinical days of working for several hours and then attending class and hoping we would not fall asleep. We have loving memories of passing through a tunnel to get to the hospitalscary! " "We had to sharpen our own needles, melt medication in a spoon over a Bunsen Burner so that we could give it by injection, calculate IV drops with our watch and the human eye and not a pump. Many days you could find a student in the chapel praying. It was a great sense of comfort for us." "I have been here and practiced for fifty years. I am grateful to the many directors and managers that were instrumental in helping me to develop nursing skills and growth." "It has been rewarding to be a part of St. Elizabeth and I would not have wanted to be working any other place. I would tell any future or present nurses how fulfilling my career has been. It is not always easy but very rewarding." "I feel so many of my friends are within the facility and we have all grown to be experts in our field. I feel living by our ethics has kept me focused and growing in faith based care. Please join us in congratulating Kathy on 50 years!