PariseClient: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Source: Chicago Tribune/Arlington Heights Post

Only 21, Vanessa Parise seems to have already found her calling – pediatric nursing. Inspired by her mother Alison, who has been a nurse for 29-years, the two now bring hope to countless children at Lurie Children’s hospital.

“I’ve always been drawn to oncology because of my mom,” Parise said, remembering her countless hours of volunteering in the clinic’s playroom. “Now that I’m working on that, every day I reaffirm this is what I want to do. Being at Lurie’s is a super amazing experience and I don’t feel like I’m actually going to a job.

That’s exactly what her mother hoped.

“I love it and I’m so proud of her,” Allison said. “I always wanted my kids to do a job that they were passionate about – where they go to work and they don’t think of it as a job.

“I saw in her voice and face, she’s very passionate about it,” she said of her daughter. “She has a strong work ethic and she gets right in and gets things done. I see her interacting with patients and families and she’s a very caring person.”


attachment-1-jpeg-20160802Arlington Heights Post, “Nursing is a family business for Arlington Heights mother and daughter,” August 3, 2016