by: Deanna Bettineschi, Action News Jax Updated:
Stephanie Mullikin and Jessica Parker are twins -- and they both work at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
They knew they wanted to be nurses since they were 5, but it was an experience that happened to them when they were teens that made them decide they wanted to work here specifically.
When the two were 15, Jessica was admitted into Wolfson Children’s Hospital
“They intubated me immediately and I was suffering from toxic shock and adult respiratory distress syndrome,” Parker said.
The 2 women in blue are twins & nurses at Wolfson Childrens Hospital. An experience when they were young made them want to be nurses @ 5:30 pic.twitter.com/Mcv7CYKq3k— Deanna Bettineschi (@DeannaANjax) October 4, 2017
She was in a medically induced coma for 30 days, and spent another 30 days awake and recovering. Her sister was by her side the entire time.
“I saw everything first-hand,” Mullikin said.
About 13 years ago, the two graduated from nursing school and only applied to work at Wolfson, where they knew they could use their story to help and comfort other children.
Mullikin said watching her sister go through so much also helps her talk to siblings of children undergoing treatment.
“I like to look at it as I can put myself not exactly in their place, but I’ve been in their position so I can feel for them this is scary,” Parker said.
The two work night shifts and said they actually get to work with some the doctors and nurses that helped them while Parker was staying there.
“At first I’m like, ‘Hmmm these were my nurses,' and now we're coworkers. Now we're one big family,’” Parker said.
The two hope to inspire other kids to become nurses one day, too.
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