Polly Baylies has been an occupational health nurse for a long time and we are delighted she joined our team a few years ago. Here is Polly’s story: I have always loved people. I especially loved babies and small children; I also loved the elderly. As a small child I used to go visit all the old ladies on the road for cookies and tea. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall to hear those conversations! I went to Lesley University and was a child psychology and human services major. When I was a junior, [...]
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Esther Tan joined OHC last November to help keep workers safe during the covid crisis.Here is her story:Nursing School: I had always been drawn to the healthcare profession, so it is no wonder I ended up in one. After graduating from undergraduate, I pursued my master’s in clinical counseling and practiced crisis counseling and family therapy. I had noticed the false dichotomy between mental health and physical health and felt a need to serve both. I started my Family Nurse Practitioner program at Boston College and soon joined OHC right after obtaining my RN license.Occupational Health: Going to nursing school [...]
Kim Clark-Connor joined OHC last September to start a new occupational health clinic at Boston Scientific in Quincy, MA. Here is her story: I was a pre-med student, started hearing stories of other pre-med students who were paying hundreds of dollars on application fees and flights around the country for interviews, said no can do and changed my major to nursing. As an RN, I began in a hospital and gained experience working Med-Surg/Tele/Pedi/ICU/ED, then after an offer to teach at the college level I added an instructor of A&P and Nutrition. My experience in OH began with the [...]
Kathleen Kelly NP joined OHC last June to help with the pandemic. She has worked at a construction sites, flu clinics, covered at Sanofi and an integral part of the Nurse Response team for Moderna. We are happy to have Kathleen as part of our team. Here is Kathleen’s story: It has been a pleasure being a nurse for 33 years. I am very grateful to have been able to take care of people from all walks of life, throughout the lifespan in so many settings to the full extent of my license. The seeds of my career were [...]
Colleen Cudgma RN joined us about a year ago. She has quickly become a valuable member of our team. Colleen has worked for us at Beth Israel in Plymouth, Brigham & Women’s and Insulet. Here is her story: Growing up, my aunt Linda, an LPN, used to visit my family every weekend before her 3-11 pm shift at the hospital. She was only 14 years older than me, and I looked up to her like an older sister. Her shared nursing stories always intrigued me, and she would often tell me that I should become a nurse. After spending [...]
Julie Ferrantino joined OHC this year and is a pleasure to work with. Here is her story: Hi! My name is Julie Ferrantino, and I have been a nurse for 16 years. I went to nursing school after taking a job at Memorial Hospital in Worcester when I was 18 and being fascinated by the nursing staff. I started working there in the patient transport department and absolutely loved the patient interaction and the hospital environment. I began my career there as a new grad RN and have been there ever since- 23 years!! I got my MSN in [...]
Claire Hopkins RN recently joined OHC to help with some Covid vaccine clinics. We share the same passion for how the environment effects health! Here is her story: I found nursing later in life and held several jobs in different fields before finding the nursing profession. I see where I am now as a combination of the ideals I was raised with in conjunction with life experience. The idea of service has been an ever-present grounding principle in my life. Coming from a family of public defenders, medical professionals, and social workers, service has always been an intrinsic value [...]
Francis Sabas RN joined OHC this year! Francis has been doing covid related stuff at Insulet & Advancia Aeronautics. He is a pleasure to work with. Here is Francis story: I am a new nurse originally from California who graduated in 2020 and am currently working as a nurse at Occupational Health Connections (OHC) and at a Cardiac Telemetry/Neuro unit at a local hospital Additionally, I am currently a full-time graduate student in order to obtain my Doctorate as a Nurse Practitioner upon graduation. I chose nursing as a field because of life experiences that include caring for my [...]
Susan Foley RN, BSN is another nurse who return to OHC. She first started working for us back in 2010 for a few years and returned in 2020 and we were happy to welcome her back. She has been working for us at Amgen, WPI and Holy Cross. Here is Sue’s story: For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a nurse. Do I think it had anything to do with the fact that my mom named me after one of her favorite books, “Sue Barton Student Nurse” (a book in a series by Helen Dore [...]
Lisa Greene RN has worked for us twice – 2012 – 2014 and then returned to us in 2016 to present. We are always honored when the nurses return to us. Lisa has done a variety of assignments – Gillette, Beth Israel, Newton Wellesley, Dana Farber and Emerson Hospitals, Federal buildings, Novartis but she has definitely made a home at Children’s Hospital Occupational Health. Here is Lisa’s story: I didn’t have any nurses in my family, so I’m not really sure how I became interested in nursing, but I used watch “Julia” with Diahann Carroll, and I also enjoyed [...]