The 2RNs introduce their new book "Surgery Day"
W E L C O M E
Laura Wolfe & Julie Kaderabek
As pediatric nurses, we know the difference it makes when you and your child are prepared to go to the hospital or doctor’s office. Our partnership began when we recognized the need to help prepare families for this experience. Who better to fill this need than the two of us! We have co-authored the newly illustrated book, Surgery Day, as well as developed this website to do just that.
It is our hope that you utilize our website, so if your child does have to visit the doctor or hospital, you will both arrive well-informed, less anxious and well prepared.
Laura’s childhood was spent with her older sister, and brother in a small town called San Leandro, 22 miles from San Francisco in the East Bay. Besides the 3 R’s, Laura’s favorite subject was making friends and enjoying comradeship and teamwork in sports, primarily soccer. Early on she learned the importance of friends that you can trust and enjoy without being judged. Most of her close childhood friends are still an important part of her life.
After high school Laura moved to Chicago to be with her sister. It was here that she met and married her husband Tom and enrolled in nursing school. She graduated from the nursing program at Lewis University in Illinois. This experience reinforced her respect for life and always remembering the nurse’s credo that the primary duty of a nurse is to be an advocate for the patient, especially when the patient is unwilling or unable to speak up.
Her first job was in the pediatric ICU at the University of Chicago. One of her first patients was a young girl who had received a severe cervical spine injury. This injury required a device known as a “halo” to support her neck. To uplift her spirts, Laura decorated the halo with pigtails and bobble hair bands. She felt a special bond with this girl and was with her at the moment of death and instantly understood that nursing is a sacred honor.
Longing to get back to the San Francisco Bay Area she convinced Tom to make the move. Laura took a nursing job at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Many years and three awesome children later, Ryley, Jace, and Charlotte, the seeds for writing this book were planted while working with her co-author Julie Kaderabek.
What follows is written with compassion and years of experience as surgical service nurses.
People who know Julie often ask, “What is she doing now?”. Well, she’s doing the same thing she’s done though her life: helping people. As a nurse, she is not just the educated, trained, and licensed type of Nurse, but the real one that can’t help but wish to render aid and comfort regardless of environment, relationship or circumstance.
It didn’t start with nursing. It started with being raised in a family environment that fostered both academic and humanistic pursuits. Being raised by a father who was a Psychology Professor and a mother who was a Marriage and Family Therapist helped shape her future. Julie witnessed many moments of kindness and generosity that changed lives positively and lastingly. Her parent’s lives and deeds are shining examples of caring and compassion to this day. It is something that Julie channels well.
After graduating from UCSB with a degree in Physiological Psychology, Julie tried many careers (biofeedback consultant, restaurant manager, and group travel coordinator to name a few) before realizing medicine and helping people was where her passion lay. With her husband Bradly’s support and while raising 2 small children, Taylor and Kevin, she returned to school in pursuit of a Nursing degree. For the past 23 years she has worked as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and in Surgical Services Unit of a children’s hospital in the San Francisco Bay area.
She lives each day believing there is no limit to what compassion and laughter can do in aiding the healing process. Her partnership with Laura Wolfe began when they both recognized a need to help prepare families for hospital encounters and decided who better to fill it then the two of them.