Day in the Life: Anisa Hoie

Anisa Hoie is a pediatric oncology nurse at Omaha Children’s Hospital and also a committee member for the Omaha CureSearch Walk. Anisa has been a nurse since 1983 and involved with the CureSearch Walk for 7 years. Throughout her years as a pediatric oncology nurse, she has seen a lot of advancements in treatment, leading to more survivors. She uses her passion for helping kids to motivate her at work and while she plans the Omaha Walk. CureSearch recently caught up with Anisa to learn more about her role, and what led her to this profession.

Q:What led you to becoming a nurse?

A:I have always enjoyed interacting with people. When I was in college, I was deciding between a nursing or music major, but felt that I my passion was in nursing. I was inspired by others in my family who had chosen that profession and all the good work that they did

When I graduated from college and started looking for a job, my only criteria was that I didn’t want to work on the oncology ward since in the past I had only interacted with adults with cancer. But, after I started working at Omaha Children’s Hospital and began working with children I knew that was where I wanted to be.

Q:What is an average day like for you at the hospital?

A:I spend most of my day in the clinic caring for patients and making sure that they have everything that they need. When a patient arrives, I see how they are doing and work with them throughout their visit to make sure they are getting the best possible care. I enjoy getting to know patients throughout their treatment.

Q:What is your favorite part of being a Nurse?

A: My favorite part of being a nurse is celebrating milestones with patients. Whether it is celebrating birthdays, graduations, or even weddings, I love being a part of our patients’ lives. I also love that working with kids means being able to “play” like a kid and doing so allows me to bond with them in a special way.

Q:What is your least favorite part about being a nurse?

A:Unfortunately, not all kids respond to treatment well and some don’t survive. The hardest part is seeing this happen, wishing that there was more I could do.  I am close with the nurses I work with, and we all know that while going through the hard times is painful, we can always learn from these children. Our goal is to help those families and patients through this part of their lives and hopefully get to celebrate milestones with them after treatment.

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