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Following in Her Mother’s Footsteps

Northwestern Medicine Nurse Inspired by Mother

Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital Nurse Alison Lund, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, OCN, works in the place where it all started. “My mom used to work here, and I’ve grown up here. Because she had such a passion for being a nurse, I knew that I wanted to become one too. Now, I’m on the same floor where she worked,” shares Alison. Her mother worked on the Oncology/Orthopaedics unit as a charge nurse for 25 years before becoming a nursing professor.

Alison, who started at Delnor Hospital as a patient care technician in 2008, currently provides care for oncology patients. She was drawn to oncology nursing after watching her mother over the years. She was particularly attracted by the level of compassion required in the field. “I remember when I was younger, my mom had a patient who was going home on hospice and was having pain. My mom did everything she could to make sure the patient got home to pass away surrounded by her family and be sure she was comfortable,” says Alison.

Since taking after her mother and going into nursing, Alison hasn’t looked back. “At Northwestern Medicine, I like the opportunity to build relationships and develop a bond with patients,” she says. “They deserve someone who is going to be passionate and caring.”

Alison’s commitment to caring for patients would not have been possible without the example set forth by her mother. “I am inspired by her to be the best nurse I can,” Alison explains. “She has touched so many lives in her career, and her dedication to her patients inspired me in my career. I wanted to work at a place where I’d love my job every day, and I do. I strive to be an amazing nurse like her.”