Birthplace Nurse Learns Firsthand: Fairview Is A Great Place To Provide & Receive Care

Jennifer Parenteau knows firsthand about the exceptional care Fairview Health Services provides, and now she’s learned what a great workplace it is as well. “This is the best job I’ve ever had, because of the people I work with,” says Jennifer, as she described the difficult year her family has had.

Jennifer, a Birthplace nurse at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, is also a wife and a mother of three children, one of whom has cancer.Jennifer’s 14-year-old daughter, Jaelynn, was diagnosed with t-cell lymphoblastic leukemia in October, just 11 months after Jennifer started working at Fairview.“We commute sometimes five times a week for chemotherapy and other treatments at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. It’s 100 miles round trip.”

“Fairview has been amazing,” she adds. “My boss, Becky Baker, and our staffer, Vicki Barsness, have been so helpful. I give them my daughter’s chemo schedule, and colleagues jump in to cover my shifts.”

Seeing each other through life’s changes

“The staff in The Birthplace at Fairview Lakes are a team. They have seen each other through so many of life’s changes,” says Becky, inpatient nursing director.“Staff was so in tune to the needs of Jennifer’s family and, when they witnessed needs out-pacing resources, they took action.”

Jennifer’s co-workers wrote to radio station KDWB’s Christmas Wish program, which gives gifts, gift certificates and other needed items to families who are going through hard times.Their compelling letter resulted in a number of gifts from the program, one of which was a high-quality wig for Jaelynn. “I was speechless, especially when they read the letter on the air. I was crying,” says Jennifer.

A great place to work and provide care

Jennifer credits her experience as a patient at University of Minnesota Medical Center with her choice to become a registered nurse.“When I was pregnant with my daughter, I went into respiratory distress,” Jennifer explains. “That’s when I decided to become a nurse–because of the incredible care I received.”

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