Sister Jonette is honored by the Franciscan Federation
June 14, 2018 8:58 AM
Sister Jonette Devlin, OSF was among 31 Franciscan Sisters and Brothers honored during the 2018 Franciscan Federation Conference in Buffalo, NY. These honorees embody the best of the Franciscan teaching tradition and the values of being incarnational, personal, communal, and transformative while engaging the heart and developing servant-leaders.
In her nomination, we stated that Sister Jonette embodies the Franciscan spirit by observing an openness to the other in her previous service in nursing and also at the New Community Shelter (Green Bay, WI) along with her current service as a volunteer at HSHS St. John's Hospital and St. John’s Breadline. Founded in 1929 at St. John’s Hospital by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, the Breadline continues its mission through Catholic Charities and serves more than 200,000 meals annually. Sister Jonette’s Franciscan spirit is shared with the guests as she provides them a meal and through her mindfulness of showing respect to all.
Sister Jonette entered the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis on September 8, 1946 and professed First Vows on June 13, 1949. She is a graduate of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University.
From 1954-69, she served at St. John’s Hospital and St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing as a clinical instructor, organized the first Intensive Care Unit that opened on May 3, 1965, and was the supervisor.
From 1971-2013, she served at St. Vincent Hospital (Green Bay, WI) as a Clinical Nurse Specialist of the three Critical Care Units. She was the first clinical nurse specialist at St. Vincent Hospital and was responsible for teaching the registered nurses in the hospital’s adult Critical Care Units and throughout the hospital. She also taught at local nursing programs and was a preceptor for students in master’s programs for colleges in Wisconsin and Michigan. While at St. Vincent in the 1970s, she developed the renal dialysis program and the organ donation program – both of which continue today. Also in the 1970s, she provided outreach in the community by offering pacemaker clinics and blood pressure screenings and working with the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin.