Thirty years ago, Karen Wisniewski, a registered nurse at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, part of Ascension Michigan, walked the halls pregnant with her son, Tommy. Now she walks them with him as a colleague.
This mother-son nursing duo work together on the neuro intensive care unit (NICU) at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital.
“I’ve kinda joked that I gave birth to my own replacement,” Karen said.
Tommy said his career as a nurse started when he was looking for a job while he was figuring out his next move in life. His mom had the perfect place for him. He started at Ascension St. Mary’s as a transporter and then a nursing assistant. He’s been a registered nurse on the NICU for five years.
Tommy said that becoming a nurse was not his plan but he’s glad his mother talked him into it.
“This was supposed to be a summer job, 12 years later,” Tommy said.
Tommy is confident he is where he belongs, as it’s the same place where he met his wife.
“My mother-in-law works here, she’s been here about as long as my mom and she introduced me to my wife,” Tommy said.
Karen loves seeing her son when she walks into work in the morning and Tommy enjoys being able to ask his mom for help.
“If I ever have a question there’s a lot of experienced people here, but it’s nice to ask your mom – can’t beat that,” he said.
During National Nurses Week last week, local TV station WNEM aired a story about Karen and Tom.