Sometimes, good things happen unexpectedly. Jane Holloway, staff nurse at Montrose Urgent Care, wanted to be an elementary school teacher, but got married and began raising a family instead. On a whim, she filled out a nursing school application. Two weeks later, she began nursing classes. Looking back, Jane considers that impulsive decision one of her best because of the way nursing enabled her to teach others. From educating families on how to care for sick children to creating continuing education (CE) courses for hospital staff, Jane constantly taught and trained others.
After 34 years at Children’s, Jane exited the hospital on Dec. 24 for the last time. As someone who enjoys new challenges, Jane’s plans include traveling to Arizona, Georgia and Florida to golf and visit family and grandchildren, and learning new cooking skills and recipes to test on friends and family.
What brought you to Children’s?
I juggled caring for my family while attending St. Thomas School of Nursing where I took evening classes Mondays through Fridays for 30 straight months as a non-traditional (i.e., older) nursing student. I had no idea what nursing area I wanted. When I stepped inside Children’s the first time, I knew I wanted to work here. The building’s shiny floors and cleanliness impressed me, and the staff was so friendly. I applied after graduation and was hired to work in the emergency department (ED). I was on my way!
What was going on in your life then?
I was married, raising 2 sons, ages 3 and 5, and purchasing our first home.
Have you always worked in the same department and role?
I started as a night-shift ED nurse my first 2 years, but around the time my third son was born, I was able to switch to another shift in the ED. I learned so much there because nurses handled more tasks at that time. For instance, we were the transport team that traveled in the ambulance along with a resident and respiratory therapist to transport patients. Now, there’s a separate designated team handling that. We also oversaw the CARE (Children at Risk Evaluation) cases before that center existed and managed the statewide poison control center before it moved to Cincinnati. During this time, I used the hospital’s tuition reimbursement benefit to earn my bachelor’s degree in nursing. It took me 13 years to complete it, and when I finished in 1997, I joined the department of pediatrics as an education coordinator. The role, which I held for 20 years, quickly expanded to encompass multiple areas and departments. In 2015, I became the education coordinator for Children’s 4 urgent care centers, where I helped with their opening and/or restructuring.
What have your biggest contributions been while here?
People jokingly called me the “CE Queen” because of how we developed activities and “just-in-time” training to meet the hospital’s or community’s needs. One example is an Ebola preparedness plan we developed and taught in 1 week to 1,000 employees. The poster Annette Hamlin (my job share partner) and I created around this received recognition at an American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing conference. Another example came about when Dr. James Prebus, pediatric nephrologist, noticed false positives in children’s blood pressure readings. I developed educational activities to help the nurses with this.
What gave you the most satisfaction at work?
Teaching and mentoring others, especially witnessing “aha” moments when students get it.
With so many little children here, did someone especially touch your heart?
Many children have, especially if I’ve performed a painful procedure, and yet, they’re resilient and forgiving. When they smile and thank me, it melts my heart.
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Sitting on my deck in June, enjoying coffee and listening to birds sing.
Do you have any advice for people just starting at Children’s?
Open your eyes and ears, absorb the knowledge and experiences surrounding you and ask questions.
What’s the last book you’ve read?
“A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman
What’s the last movie you saw?