Nurses arrange schedule to attend patient’s funeral

Ongoing care from Sanford Health dialysis unit and final act make impression on family.

Six women posing

CANBY, Minn. — The Sanford Canby dialysis unit is a small team, probably the smallest you’ll find. Two dialysis stations, one dialysis nurse staffing the unit on a daily basis. A small dialysis unit, but nurses with big hearts. Nurses who establish a connection with their patients and with their families.

Vonnie Severson can attest to that with the care her late husband received in the dialysis unit. “It wasn’t something we were expecting to need, but it was such a miracle for us that we could travel just to Canby for Duane to get his dialysis treatments,” she said.

Duane Severson was a patient at the Canby dialysis unit for just under five years. Duane and Vonnie Severson became a part of the family at Sanford Canby.

On Dec. 6, 2018, Duane passed away, but that patient and family connection didn’t end for our dialysis staff.

They took the time to rearrange the dialysis schedule so all the dialysis nurses and patients who wanted to attend Duane’s funeral could go. All four of the dialysis nurses attended the funeral.

In addition, they included a patient who didn’t have transportation, allowing him to carpool with the nurses to the funeral, which was 45 minutes from Canby.

Vonnie commented on her surprise to see his dialysis nurses at his funeral. This was an impression left on this family because of the care and compassion portrayed by nurses Peyton DeSmet, Traci Gislason, Tammy Greenman and Dawn Hanson.

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