Written by: Ann P Sorgent RN, BSN Clinical Supervisor with the Agnesian Cancer Center
May is a special month for nurses nationwide! In addition to the celebration of National Nurses Week from May 6 to 12, the entire month of May is dedicated to celebrating the contributions of oncology (cancer) nurses.
This year’s Oncology Nursing Month theme is “Oncology Nurses – Providing Care for Life.” The Agnesian Cancer Center has three radiation oncology nurses, eight medical oncology nurses, and three licensed practical nurses, along with a certified nursing assistant. Our nurses are all specialty trained in oncology, and six of our nurses hold OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse) certification from the Oncology Nurses Society.
“I think what inspires me the most about radiation oncology nursing is the ability to get to know and assess the patient’s overall needs and truly become a patient advocate and someone they can trust.” – Tammie Lindsley RN – Radiation Oncology Nurse
“I enjoy teaching patients to care for themselves, empowering them so that they can live life rather than just survive life during chemotherapy. I love seeing the transition of the patient and family as they go from anxious and fearful to confident and proud.” Nicki Wirtz RN – Medical Oncology Nurse
The reasons for selecting a career in oncology nursing are as varied as the nurses themselves. While some come into the field by chance and some by choice, all stay because of the ability to impact the lives of individuals affected by cancer and support our patients and families.