Meet Kyle Wisor, RN
Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine
Kyle Wisor’s unique and tremendous journey to joining Children’s National dates back to when he was three years old and first diagnosed with a cholesteatoma; a disease where a cyst eats away at the bones and nerves of your ear, leading to potential facial paralysis. At the time of diagnosis, Kyle’s parents were faced with a life-changing decision for his future – choose to save his facial nerve or try and treat his hearing loss. While both were equally important, they ultimately chose to focus on saving his facial nerve, to protect Kyle from having permanent facial paralysis.
At the young age of three, Kyle underwent his first surgery, followed by two more resulting in an exposed facial nerve, a missing bone in his ear, scar tissue and an eardrum that lays flat in his ear canal, making it challenging to dive underwater without experiencing vertigo. While still facing hearing loss challenges, his surgeries were considered a success as he was no longer at risk of permanent facial paralysis.
Following his three surgeries, Children’s National would continue to serve as a second home to Kyle and his family, as he would often come to the hospital for outpatient procedures or appointments. He fondly remembers the bright-colored carpets in the waiting room, playing with the maze in the play area and the special bond with his care team all the way up to age 21. The positive and powerful impact that compassionate care gave to Kyle as a child inspired him to become a pediatric nurse today.
“Being the person to help kids through the scary parts is such a rewarding experience, because I have been in their shoes,” said Kyle. “Working as a pediatric nurse at Children’s National is more than just a paycheck. I get to have fun and be childlike again, while helping patients through a challenging time.”
Kyle describes working as a pediatric nurse as “diverse and enriching” and part of why he chose a career in nursing over physical therapy, which is what he first explored as a career path.
“I am always grateful when I find someone on the neuroscience unit that is willing to help me at any time. I feel that the neuroscience unit does this very well, and for others that visit our floor,” says Kyle.
Thank you, Kyle, for embracing your childhood memories in a remarkably positive light with our patients, and for making their experience as a patient brighter because of the compassionate care you provide to them every single day. We are grateful to have you as part of Children’s National.