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It's a Family Affair for Moffitt Nurse

May 10, 2017

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Some of Rene’s fondest memories at Moffitt include eating lunch with her daughter and son as they followed in her footsteps by working and volunteering at the cancer center.

Rene began working at Moffitt in 1987. She was a RN who spent most of her time on the 4 South Unit. She left in 1991 when she moved out of the Tampa Bay area, but couldn’t stay away for long. In 1994, she moved back and took a job at Moffitt in the Surgical Procedure Room which was part of the skin cancer and breast cancer clinics, and she's been there ever since.

Rene has been fascinated with medicine for as long as she can remember and was thrilled when her daughter Nicole began volunteering in 2013. Nicole loved it so much she accepted a job at Moffitt as a Patient Service Specialist in the Supportive Care, Behavioral Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Survivorship Clinic. Rene’s son, Sean, also volunteered at Moffitt while he was a student at USF. On the days the three of them were at Moffitt during the same shift, they would eat lunch together as a family.

Although Sean has moved on and Rene and Nicole now work on different campuses at Moffitt, they treasure the time they spent as a family. Nicole just graduated from USF with a degree in Health Sciences and plans on going to physical therapy school in the future. She and her mom still try to have lunch together once in a while and they’ve been able to keep up with what’s taking place at the different campuses.