Employee Profiles: Andy

Andy is a Nurse Clinician who has been with UW Hospitals and Clinics since November 1982.
How would you describe what you do at UW Hospitals and Clinics?
Working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for the past 20 years has been incredibly rewarding. The PICU is a dynamic environment that forces us to be ever-vigilant and ever-watchful for changes in Andy, Nurse Clinician, UW Hospital and Clinicspatients' conditions. At UW Hospitals and Clinics, we are constantly updating our knowledge base, our skills sets and our technology to meet the evolving needs of the hospital's complex patient population.
The PICU, at times, can be an overstimulating, frustrating and profoundly sad place to work, but ultimately, this is what forces us to be the best nurses we can be. Plus, there's nothing cooler than knowing that today there are college students out there today who wouldn't be alive if not for the actions of myself and the rest of my team at the American Family Children's Hospital.
Why UW Hospitals and Clinics?
I love working at a Level 1 Trauma Center (University Hospital is the only one in Dane County) and at an academic medical center, because the most challenging and severely ill/injured patients come our way. This motivates me to be the best I can be.

Do you have a favorite memory of a co-worker or patient family?
I've had so many special relationships with so many families over the years, many of whom my wife and I still hear from. However, my first long-term primary patient was a newborn who lived in the PICU for over a year. There were so many obstacles to overcome for him, but we overcame all of the barriers presented to us. Last spring, he graduated from high school and is now attending college. Words cannot fully express how proud I am of him and his family for all they've helped him accomplish, or how proud I am to be a member of the team who gave him a chance at a quality life.

Tell us about one or more of your favorite benefits
The benefits UW Hospitals and Clinics provides my family give me great comfort as both a husband and a father that if something were to happen to me, my family would be well taken care of.