Just in time for National Nurses Week, this week’s Spotlight shines on Mary Jo Hassett, RN, who is a nurse coordinator in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
What made you decide to come to Duke? How long have you been working here?
I grew up in upstate New York and after shoveling cars out of the snow to get to clinical, I decided I wanted to move somewhere warmer! I had two college friends who were part of the PNA program at Duke between our junior and senior year and they spoke highly of Duke so I came to interview and loved it. I intended to stay at Duke for one year. I am celebrating year 30 this June!
What are your responsibilities within the department?
I currently work as a nurse coordinator with Pediatric Infectious Diseases. In this role I provide support to our outpatient clinic patients and the providers who see them. I prepare for clinic visits, help to make clinic run as smoothly as possible and follow up after clinic to answer patients' questions and serve as a liaison to our ID team.
Can you tell us about an interesting/memorable day at work?
Caring for pediatric patients is always memorable. I really enjoy when I can help a patient and parent navigate through the healthcare system and become advocates for themselves. Some of our clinic patients have just one visit and others come to see us on a regular basis. I enjoy building relationships with patients and families so they know they can call me for assistance.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I most enjoy the variety that comes from being a pediatric nurse. No day is ever the same and I am always learning new things. I love being a part of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases team!
What’s one thing about you that most people don’t know?
I have hiked on a glacier in New Zealand!
What was the best advice you ever received?
The best advice I have received is to enjoy the work that you do and always give it your best effort.
What passions or hobbies do you have outside of the department?
I am very involved with the Camp Kaleidoscope program and am a co-director for the youngest group of campers. I enjoy cheering for Duke basketball, trips to the beach, eating out at all the wonderful Durham restaurants and relaxing with my kitties!
Listen to what Mary Jo’s colleagues are saying:
“Mary Jo is always eager to help with a cheerful attitude.”
“She is the definition of a team player.”
“If Mary Jo doesn't know the answer to something, she is always happy to learn or will find out for you, even if it's not her ‘job’.”
“She encourages her coworkers and somehow always knows when you need affirmation or a piece of chocolate :).”
“Mary Jo is the calm and constant force that every clinic needs to run smoothly.”
“She is unassuming and makes every patient feel at ease.”
“Mary Jo really understands patients and takes the extra time to listen and help.”