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Oncology RN Dishes With Former Nurse Bonnie Hunt on TV Talk Show

California nurse Steven Weisbaum, RN, is passionate about his job — and he got to share that passion in front of a live studio audience with talk show host and former RN Bonnie Hunt, a Greater Chicago native.

“The Bonnie Hunt Show” invited an entire audience of nurses to attend its TV broadcast May 4 in Culver City, Calif. The show aired May 6 — the start of National Nurses Week.

Weisbaum, an oncology nurse at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., was invited to the stage to briefly discuss nursing with Hunt.

“It actually was just a dialogue between two veteran oncology RNs — Bonnie admiring me for my work in pediatrics and I for how she managed her career at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chicago and [then] becoming an author, comedian and actress,” Weisbaum said.

Weisbaum and Hunt share a laugh as they share favorite nursing moments.

Chicago native Hunt worked in the 1980s as an oncology nurse at Northwestern University’s cancer center before she entered the professional world of entertainment. But she said she has not lost her passion, nor her respect for nursing.

“Bless you all. It’s a tough job, full of rewards. I’m honored to have all of you here today,” Hunt said as she welcomed the audience of nurses, who all received free gifts in recognition of the show’s “Nurses Appreciation Day.”

“Several of our staff from St. John’s were in attendance and came away with an overwhelming amount of nurse-related gifts,” Weisbaum said.

Among the many practical gifts nurses received was a waterproof watch that expands over a wrist like a rubber band, headphones that cancel out background noise — which Hunt joked were a “marriage saver” — and a memory foam pillow.

By | 2020-04-15T14:13:18-04:00 June 14th, 2010|Categories: Greater Chicago, Regional|0 Comments

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