I came to Fox Chase in 1986, when we first started doing general surgery. I was an Operating Room (OR) nurse looking to leave Roxborough Hospital, where I went to nursing school. I applied to all the area hospitals, but I heard from Fox Chase first and decided to work here for six months or so, until I heard from one of the other hospitals. I never thought I could take care of patients who had cancer, but the six-month stay has turned into thirty years.
During my twenty nine years in the OR, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the finest surgeons in the country. Their dedication to our patients through research and best practices is one of the reasons I stayed this long. At Fox Chase I am part of a multidisciplinary team that works for one goal, to ease the burden of human cancer. The nursing care is incredible and I was proud to be a part of such a fine group of nurses.
I obtained my BSN from Holy Family University as part of the accelerated program that they offered on Fox Chase’s campus starting in 2013. With my BSN, I could transfer out of the OR because nursing is a very physical job, and the OR is an especially grueling specialty. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to interview for the Nurse Navigator position. I would be working with the urologists, whom I worked with closely in the OR and I knew of their talent and compassion. A change of this magnitude would not have been possible had I not had complete faith in the surgeons I would now be working with exclusively. As a Nurse Navigator, I look forward to offering my patients my expertise in the surgical field to guide them to the proper physician.
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