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Mother/daughter nurse duo preps patients for eye surgery

Monday, December 30, 2013 - 12:01 am

It's not unusual for a daughter to want to follow her mother into the nursing profession. And it's not all that unusual for both of them to end up working in the same hospital. But it is unusual for both to be working in the same department.

Lisa Dager chose nursing because both her mom, Diann Mock, and her aunt, Janet Shamo, are nurses working at Parkview Randallia Hospital. The similarities don't stop with their work history. Both mother and daughter are natives of Fort Wayne, graduated from Leo High School, studied nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne where they each earned an associate degrees in nursing, and both reside in the Leo-Cedarville area.

Though they work for Parkview, they're classified as temporary employees in the Surgical Admissions Unit, meaning they must meet a work requirement of at least 32 hours a month.

In 2008 Dager and her mom began working together in the Parkview Randallia Hospital Perioperative Services, formerly Parkview Eye Surgery Institute, where they prepare patients for cataract surgery. Mock smiled while explaining that obtaining patient history, taking vitals, administering eye drops, and starting an IV takes about an hour-and-a-half while the actual surgery is completed in just 10 to 15 minutes.

Both love their nursing careers and especially enjoy meeting and working with patients and their families and particularly working together. Sometimes they work independently with different patients but often together with the same patient. “The most difficult part of working together for me,” said Dager, “is remembering to call my mother 'Diann,' at work, and not Mom. I have slipped up a few times and patients have given me the funniest looks.”

“I like working with older people,” said Mock, “who are the majority of cataract patients we see. They're extremely appreciative of our work, and we get pretty attached to each of them.”

“I like the one-on-one individual contact,” Dager said. “Eye surgery is not like most other surgeries. After saying our goodbyes and good wishes, we often see the same patient and his or her family back for their second cataract surgery a week or two later.”

“My sister, Janet, was my inspiration for entering the nursing profession,” Mock explained. “While a student at IPFW I worked a few months at the American Red Cross and then went to Parkview Hospital in 1993 where I began as a nurse in the Women's Unit. A year later I took a job at the Carew Surgery Center, which evolved into the Eye Surgery Institute and recently into Perioperative Services and then moved to (Parkview on Randallia Drive) two years ago.” Mock and her husband, Steve, have two daughters.

In addition to cataract surgery, they prep patients for some laser procedures, tear duct probes, blepharoplasty which is a cosmetic surgery to lift the skin above the eyes, and a variety of general surgeries.”

Dager began working at Parkview in 1999 in the Student Nurse Program. She worked on 6 Surgical, in the recovery room and Surgical Admitting Unit while attending IPFW. After graduation she accepted a nursing position on 6 Surgical. She took a five-year break to start her family. She and her husband, Adam, have three children, before returning to nursing in 2008 and luckily finding an opening in the Eye Surgery Institute alongside her mother.

Both enjoy the career paths they have chosen and love the fact that they are able to experience it together.