May 13, 2016 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center

To round out nurses week, we’re featuring two today: Diane Bowen and Kelly Moynahan. Both have a long history with Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Diane Bowen has worked at Huntsman Cancer Institute since our first outpatient clinics opened with the original building in November 1999. She works in Radiation Oncology.

I became a nurse later in life, obtaining my BSN from the University of Pittsburgh. My reason for choosing nursing was not altruistic whatsoever—I needed consistent money coming in. In the last year of nursing school, I was pregnant. I had a healthy, beautiful baby boy just before graduation.  In fact, he screamed during my graduation. “Yeah for the mama!!” (I’m sure that’s what he was saying.) My entire nursing career has been in oncology, with a brief sideline in hospice. I started working at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on their BMT/Oncology floor (scary stuff at the time).   I eventually moved back to Salt Lake City after finding out I was pregnant a second time, wanting to be closer to family. It’s amazing what life holds for us. I had never planned on being a nurse although, according to my mother, when I had a head concussion in elementary school I informed her that I wanted to be one. Funny how things turn out. Perhaps the head concussion wiped out that memory. Anyway, here I am and loving every minute. I feel so fortunate to provide for my family and take care of wonderful patients that give back to me every day.

Kelly Moynahan has been the charge nurse for Clinic 1A and the Acute Care Clinic since January 2015. Before that, she worked in Huntsman Cancer Institute’s ICU/IMU for five years.

Nursing is a second career for me after being in public relations/marketing—for Huntsman Corporation, funny enough. While working at Huntsman Corporation, I assisted with the media relations campaign during the building of the first phase of Huntsman Cancer Institute. The idea of expanded cancer research here in Utah was so intriguing, I thought at some time in my career I needed to part of HCI. With my first degree in microbiology, I always planned on being in healthcare—it just took a little time. My grandfather, a general surgeon/family practice MD in Sacramento, California, was an inspiration to me as I redirected my career into health care and nursing. I love being with patients, being their advocate, their cheerleader, their teacher, their shoulder to cry on, their friend. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself that I have the opportunity to work here as a nurse after witnessing the Huntsman Cancer Institute Hospital groundbreaking ceremony more than 10 years ago. 

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