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Know the Nurses: Heidi Kuklok

Today in Know the Nurses we’re introducing you to one of our private duty nurses, Heidi Kuklok, RN, who has been with PHS since March 2012. We already know these nurses provide comprehensive, round-the-clock care for patients in their homes every day, but here are a few fun facts about Heidi you might not know.100_2519

  • Before pursuing nursing, my major at St. Cloud State was Music Education.  I am a classically-trained pianist and violinist.
  • I really REALLY REALLY dislike spiders.
  • I LOVE Halloween. It’s my favorite. (check out her costume from last year to the right!)
  • I enjoy singing karaoke.
  • 100_1649I am never sarcastic.  Ever!  A prime example of this: I think hashtags are the most wonderful thing since sliced bread. #seriously!
  • I sometimes miss living in AZ.
  • I am deeply emotionally affected by…just about everything! Examples of this: Hallmark commercials, videos of kindness, cheese…
  • I love to garden.  I especially love growing peppers!
  • CAM00162-1By all intensive purposes, I could be classified as a crazy cat lady- I have 6.
  • I went skydiving for the first time on my birthday.  It was NOT a tandem jump.  And I loved it!!
  • I love road tripping. Driving is very therapeutic for me.:D
  • One of my favorite past times is to go to a bookstore, sit at the coffee shop within the store, grab a latte, and just…read.
  • It causes me PHYSICAL PAIN when apostrophes are used incorre100_1102ctly.  It’s like a bull seeing red: it makes me crazy!!
  • I am a Preceptor here at PHS.
  • The love of my life, Monique, and I will be married by the end of this year!! 😀
  • We have a 13 year old named Bri (pictured at 11 in the bottom photo).
  • Although I’m a MN native, I lived in Tucson, AZ for 11 years. In fact, I went to nursing school in Tucson at Pima Medical Institute.100_1126
  • I went into nursing primarily because I love caring for people.  Also, my mom was a nurse.  When she became ill, I didn’t know how I would survive…until I met our hospice nurse. I wanted to be able to provide that kind of care and emotional support to others. And I’m so honored to be able to do so here at PHS!


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Originally published: October 15, 2013