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It's a 40-Year Labor of Love for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Maternity Nurse

Lake Forest Hospital August 10, 2007

LAKE FOREST, IL – For the third time in the past 15 months, a Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital employee has been recognized for reaching the milestone anniversary of 40 years on the job. Labor/delivery nurse Eleanor Nicholas, RN, of Libertyville considers herself lucky to have spent the past four decades working in the area she truly loves, maternity.

Nicholas told the many friends, family members and coworkers who truly surprised her with a party in the Hunter Family Center for Women’s Health Aug. 7 to mark the occasion, “No one could be more blessed to have a job like this. I often say to myself as I drive to work how lucky I am to have a job that I love where I’m surrounded by so many special people.”

Her first nursing job, at another hospital, was not in maternity, despite her request. As is the case with so many area women, Nicholas’ introduction to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital came with the birth of her first child. Even though she was employed at another hospital, Nicholas chose Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital because it was the only area hospital at the time that allowed fathers in the delivery room.

Based on the “beautiful experience” she had as a maternity patient, Nicholas decided that if she ever returned to work it would be at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. Eight months later she made the It’s a 40-Year Labor of Love for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Maternity Nurse transition from maternity patient to maternity nurse at the hospital. “I truly enjoy my role helping to make each delivery the beautiful experience I had here,” she says.

Like Mother/Like Daughters: Meanwhile, her first-born child grew up to become a Maternity Services labor/delivery nurse at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. Jennifer Forsman, RN, of Grayslake, an 18-year employee, currently serves as a team leader. And Nicholas’ youngest daughter is a labor/delivery nurse in Memphis.

Like her two coworkers who celebrated 40 th anniversaries at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital last year, Nicholas has no immediate plans to retire. When she does retire, she will spend more time with her grandchildren in this area as well as Memphis and Atlanta. In between visits with family Nicholas will then continue the work she loves on a part-time basis. “I can’t tell you how special this is. I’m definitely not ready to let it go,” she says.

Last year, maternity nurse Jean Ewing, RN, of Waukegan and engineer Dan Niskanen of Winthrop Harbor marked their 40 th anniversaries as Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital employees. Both of them remain on the job today.

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