|Nurse remembered for empathetic spirit
by Cindy Abole
Cheryl Yvonne Franklin, a retired nurse educator with the MICU-CCU, died Oct. 17. She was 61.
Franklin started at MUSC as a clinical nurse in May 1987 working in a
variety of clinical roles including clinical nurse coordinator. She
worked 19 years for MUSC until she left the hospital in June 2006.
Franklin was born Feb. 1, 1947, in McKeesport, Pa. The daughter of the
late William and Yvonne McCoy Hartnett, Franklin graduated from St.
Peter District High School in McKeesport. She earned her nursing
diploma from the Pittsburgh Hospital in Pittsburgh. She went on to
receive her bachelor’s of science degree from Gwnedd-Mercy College in
Huntingdon Valley and a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University
She attended St. Mark’s Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Altar Guild.
She is survived by her husband, daughter and other family. She was preceded in death by her son, David Michael Franklin.
Flowers or memorials may be made to Camp Bluebird, c/o HCC Office of Development, P.O. Box 250955, Charleston, S.C., 29425.
“Cheryl was a very positive person. Never once did she see herself
as a victim of cancer. She was a role model of grace under
great trial. We will all miss her cheerful spirit.”
—Donna Sheppard-Smith, CTICU, Heart and Vascular Center (ART)
“Cheryl Franklin was a friend, a mentor and leader. She was
always pleasant, made new people feel welcome, and devoted her time to
staff nurses who looked up to her as a role model with all her
knowledge and skills. She truly blessed my world when I moved here for
we were from the same home town and she will be missed.”
—Brenda Swant, R.N., Unit Educator, Heart and Vascular Center (ART)
“Through the years that I’ve known Cheryl, she was always
pleasant, cheerful and caring. She touched many lives here at MUSC.
When I first met her many years ago, I was working in CCU and she in
MICU. CCU nurses would float to MICU, and likewise, if needed. Cheryl
was always willing to help everyone. Through the years, our friendship
along with another CCU nurse by the name of Carolyn Keffeler grew. We
loved her and she will truly be missed.”
—Donna Cohen, R.N., Heart and Vascular Center
“Cheryl Franklin was one of the kindest people I have ever
known. She was a wonderful nurse in tending to the needs of
patients. Cheryl was warm and friendly and always willing to lend
a helping hand to anyone. She and her ever-present smile will be
—Lydia Suarez, R.N., Hospital Supervisor Coordinators Office
“I knew Cheryl as a staff nurse in the MICU and as an educator
for the critical care areas. She was kind to both patients and
families and always met the needs of her patients with a kind and
understanding heart. She also was patient with new staff and their
learning needs, She was always kind in her training and education of
staff. Cheryl would always make it a point to be positive and
caring to all who came in contact with her. Her smile was
infectious. MUSC and the world has lost a wonderful nurse and
—Elizabeth McElveen Perry, R.N., HOP Staffing/Traveler Office Hospital Supervisors
Friday, Oct. 31, 2008