Another Great Medical Nursing Story

November 17, 2015 Lynn Bartos has been a nurse for 44 years.  In the late 1980's she worked in the gastronenterology clinic at Children's and became close to a girl often at the clinic named Nicole or "Nini".  No Lynn goes regularly to an infusion clinic at Froedtert.  Her nurse after all these years is Nicole Krahn, Ninny.  These are photos copied out of a hospital magazine story at the time. MICHAEL SEARS/MSEARS@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM


I found this on a recent Facebook link.  It encompasses real authentic caring.  It will remind you of all that is good in our healthcare system:


Nicole, 30, spent much of her infancy in the 80s stuck inside a hospital. She was born with twisted intestines. For the first few years of her life, she was supplied with nutrition intravenously.

Lynn Bartos was Nicole’s primary ambulatory nurse for years at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Lynn and Nicole shared a special bond. When Nicole was two years old, she and Lynn were even featured in a 1988 article in Children’s Nurse magazine.

Over time, Nicole’s health began to improve. She was eating solid food, gaining weight, and decreased her trips to the hospital.

In the early 90s, Lynn took a new job at another hospital. It was unlikely she’d ever see little Nicole (or “Nini” as she called her) — but she never forgot her.

When Nicole was in high school, she decided she wanted to be a nurse. She had such fond, powerful memories of Lynn and the care she received as a child.

For the past two years, Nicole has been a registered nurse at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.

This past summer, something incredible happened at the infusion clinic where Nicole works.

Every few weeks, an elderly woman receives medications to relieve her symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. She and Nicole got to talking, and the woman told her that she’s also a nurse at Froedtert — but she used to work at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Things started to snowball, and the lightbulb went off.

“Nini?” Lynn asked.

“Oh, my God, yes,” Nicole replied.

Incredible. The little girl who Lynn once cared for so long ago was now the same woman taking care of her as a 66-year-old.

“When you get to be my age, you look back and think: Did all that stuff I do matter? Did it make a difference?” Lynn told the Journal Sentinel. “What I did mattered, and now here’s someone who can follow in my footsteps and other nurses my age as we reach retirement.”

This story is about people and not numbers.  It is real and it keeps you coming back to work.  What nurses (and doctors) do matters!

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Another Great Medical Nursing Story

  1. Kurt
    December 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Nice story.

    Reminds me many years ago a fellow by the name of “Mr. T” was visiting someone in town where
    I was training. (

    He came in unannounced to visit the children at a local Catholic hospital. I thought it was great because he wasn’t a jerk. He proceeded to go the the presidents office, who was a nun, to ask
    permission if he could visit the kids. I bet sister was taken aback by his persona and the kids enjoyed his visit. This was at the height of the “A” Team on NBC.


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