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Infusion specialist likes getting to know patients
By Eileen O. Daday | Daily Herald Staff

Central DuPage nurse Bev George is an infusion specialist at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.


Tanit Jarusan | Staff Photographer

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Published: 5/22/2009 12:01 AM

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Bev George

Age: 53

Hometown: Carol Stream

Specialty: Transfusions, chemotherapy, fluid and electrolytes, antibiotic therapies, IV treatments

Best part about the job:

The ability to develop relationships with patients while educating them about their care

On any given day, registered nurse Bev George may treat patients needing a simple blood transfusion, or deliver ongoing treatments to patients with multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease or rheumatoid arthritis.

It's all in a day's work for George, who works in the infusion center, located in the Physician's Treatment Center or outpatient area of Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.

"We do all kinds of infusion, except for chemotherapy," says George, a Carol Stream resident. "Several years ago, the hospital broke that off into a separate area."

The variety of the cases, as well as the consistency of their treatments, leads to fulfilling relationships developed between George and her patients.

She is in her 33rd year of nursing, having earned her registered nursing degree through a hospital-based program in Springfield, before she returned to the University of St. Francis in Joliet for her bachelor's degree.

Earlier this month, George took her education one step further: she earned a master's degree in nursing administrative studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which she hopes to use one day as a nurse educator.

But she still loves going to work each day, where she is among four registered nurses on shift, working with patient care technicians to handle a patient load of anywhere from 35 to 50 per day.

Most commonly she sees people coming in for a series of infusions of antibiotics for wound or blood infections, that might last every day for several weeks.

Additionally, she regularly administers regular IV infusions to patients with multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis, where their treatment schedule brings them in once a month, or once a week.

"And then, there's always add-ons of people coming from the ER, who have been prescribed, say, a five-day dose of antibiotics for an animal bite," George says. "We just never know, from day to day. But that's what I love about it."

George began her career in critical care, taking care of premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, before branching out to work in pediatric home care, and helping parents to care for their preemies once they went home.

From there, she transitioned to adult home care, where much of their care included infusions. For nearly 10 years now, she has been back working in the hospital.

"You develop just a nice relationship with people," George says, "and you get to educate them about their care, and what to expect with home care."