Paige Johnson, RN, DNP, MPH, APRN, CPHON®
Kansas City, MO
I have been a nurse for 28 years and a nurse practitioner for 24. I was inspired to go into oncology when I watched my grandfather slowly die from lung cancer in the 80's and there was basically nothing that could be done. I then read Peggy Anderson's book, "Children's Hospital" and knew pediatric oncology was what I wanted to do. I have had the opportunity to work in many hospitals throughout the country as a RN and then as an NP in oncology (inpatient care, hospitalist, emergency, and now outpatient pediatrics). The changes I have seen throughout pediatric oncology are just astounding. Cancer does not discriminate, and it is our job to provide equitable, compassionate care and treasure the opportunities to care for all families from all over the world. When I am not working, I teach FNP/ANP/PNP students at the local university and work with our local street medicine program. I am also a nurse consultant for a pediatric oncology program in Cambodia. For fun, I hang out with my dogs, train for triathlons, and enjoy my downtime.