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Know the Nurses: Joe Putz

If you have a home care nurse in your home, you already know what an important part of your life they become. Today in Know the Nurses, we’re introducing you to one of our home care nurses, Joe Putz, RN, who has been with PHS since February. 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 Joe you might not know.Image

  • I was born and raised in Arcadia, WI
  • I received a Diploma in Practical Nursing from Minnesota State College Southeast Technical in Winona, MN, and an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, MN
  • My Nana was a Nurse Practitioner and also taught nursing school (her picture is the second down)
  • I recently relocated to the Twin Cities in February to work for PHS001
  • I went on a hiking trip in the Teton Range.
  • I’m continuing my education at either Augsburg College or Saint Marys University here in the Minneapolis to obtain my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and have a goal of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner degree.
  • I have traveled to England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, the Bahamas and Ecuador. I’d like to travel to India and Thailand someday!
  • I previously worked at the Mayo Clinic- St Marys Hospital on a Cardiovascular Surgery Progressive Care Unit as a Patient Care Assistant.
  • 555I am a self-proclaimed foodie (actually, I’m a picky eater, but love to try new restaurants!) I have recently been to Eat Street Social in Minneapolis, Coup d’etat in Uptown and Zzest in Rochester. I’ve got my eye on Burch, Boneyard and Ice House in Uptown.
  • I am an active yogi – I enjoy vinyasa flow sequence.
  • I’m loving peds nursing because kiddos are so resilient; it’s hard to bring them down. It’s been so fun seeing them thrive at home!
  • Bahamas 061I run for fun, just to enjoy the fresh air, good beats and me time. I’m looking forward to running along the Mississippi near my house in the upcoming months!
  • I am involved in a Rochester-based organization called Hands For Humanity. Hands For Humanity is a nonprofit charitable foundation reaching out to meet the needs of underserved children and families primarily from Ecuador. Volunteers work in partnership with local service and medical groups to enhance quality of life through medical and surgical exchange programs, local service projects and cultural and educational enrichment opportunities.IMG_0175
  • I took part in a twelve day Medical Mission trip in February 2011 through Hands for Humanity. I’m looking forward to going on one of their fall trips to the orphanage! The photo to the right is from my previous trip to Ecuador. You can learn more about this organization here.


We love learning more about home care nurses and hearing their stories. Do you know a PHS nurse who you’d like to see highlighted? Leave his or her name here or on our Facebook page and we’ll take it from there! If you’re interested in starting your career with PHS, click here

Originally published: March 28, 2014