Consider this. According to the American Cancer Society, about 200 to 300 children are diagnosed with retinoblastoma each year in the United States. Retinoblastoma is a rare type of eye cancer that usually occurs in early childhood, typically before the age of five. This form of cancer develops in the retina at the back of the eye and can run in families. So why has a multi-specialty team at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital treated almost 20 babies with this rare condition?
When you ask Steve Baker how long he’s been a nurse, his answer is immediate. “I’ve been a nurse long enough that I typed my thesis on a typewriter,” he said, laughing. After earning his RN from what was then Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University), Baker completed his master’s degree at the U. In October, he will have been at the university for 16 years and has worked most of that time with the Neurosurgery Department. Before that, he spent 20 years as an Air Force Nurse/Officer.