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5 Questions with Steve Connelly

5 Questions with Steve Connelly

Steve is one of our hardworking, kind, and funny nurses at the Center. He joined the team in 2017. He frequently works with our prostate, head-and-neck, and GI patients. Please read our 5 Questions with Steve.

What drew you to work in proton therapy?

I originally started at the Center as a temporary nurse. I had been working in the hospital critical care setting for the past 22 years, and I wanted to try a change. My intent originally was to return to critical care afterward, which I did do, but I also kept working at the Center. Last year, I took advantage of a full-time position. The patients that I am privileged to work with here changed my mind about where I wanted to work, and even changed the way I do my work. I've become more empathetic, and I enjoy being able to spend more time getting to know each person, which is hard to do in a hospital setting.

What do you like best about what you do?

I love that I get to know my patients and their families and get to hear the stories of how they came to be treated here. I love to witness the positive changes that they develop as a result of being treated here. A highlight is attending graduations. I like to be able to share in their joy of accomplishment.

Tell us something surprising about you.

I have not always been a nurse. I started in residential drywall construction, working for my father. I then became a commercial diver working in the Gulf of Mexico for companies involved in oil and gas production. When the 1982-83 recession hit, all diving work in the oil fields halted except for emergency cases, so I returned to drywall construction with my father. I worked my way up to partner and supervised jobs in New Jersey, Connecticut, and eventually Germany, building housing for US Army personnel.

What do you like to do for fun?

I have been happily married for 34 years to a wonderful woman who has blessed me with three children, all of whom have moved out on their own. I now have two grandchildren. I enjoy having my granddaughter spend the weekend with us and experience some "new" adventure. I find it very rewarding to watch her experience new things and to hear the wonder and amazement expressed in her voice. This might be a trip to Mt. Rainier, or as simple as visiting all the sample stations at Costco! My grandson is four months old, but soon I hope to share adventures with him as well.

What's your favorite quote?

"The mountains are calling, and I must go."  John Muir