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Oncology nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center take pride in the delivery of compassionate care in an evolving health care environment.
Oncology nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center take pride in the delivery of compassionate care in an evolving health care environment. Patients and their families are the primary focus of our practice.
As integral members of a multidisciplinary team, nurses provide the balance between innovative, expert treatment and personalized care. We are committed to maintaining the highest professional standards and continue to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technologies through research, certification, and life long learning. We foster the ongoing development of our colleagues through mentorship and peer support.
Oncology nurses at the Cancer Center value an environment that respects diversity, enhances quality of life, and preserves human dignity. Nurses in the Cancer Center provide:
As nurses at the Cancer Center, we are committed to maximizing quality of life, enhancing autonomy, and making sure our patients feel cared for and cared about. We work together to provide continuity of care, facilitate seamless transition from one treatment area to another, and establish ongoing resources for our patients and their families following discharge.
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) begin their training by becoming registered nurses (RNs) and continue their education by earning a Master’s Degree in Nursing. An RN might have worked for years before going back to school and therefore has a wealth of practical experience in nursing. After completing the Master’s Degree, they choose an area of medicine or a specific disease category in which they specialize.
Your NP will have specialized in oncology (cancer). Additionally, a nurse practitioner must take national examinations to become Board certified, and subsequently licensed by the State Board of Nursing. They practice under the rules and regulations of the state in which they work. NPs have been treating patients for over four decades, providing safe, cost-effective and quality health care.
Nurse Practitioners work in collaboration with oncology doctors at the Cancer Center. For instance, you might see your NP for a follow-up visit, or an urgent care visit. Your NP can work with you to manage symptoms of your disease or treatment. Your NP can be a liaison for you for the rest of the health care team to make sure you receive the best care possible. Your NP will probably join you and your doctor for consultation visits to discuss the course of your cancer treatment. Be assured your doctor and your NP will be in constant touch about your care.
Your NP has the training and the experience to provide any of the following
We welcome new graduate nurses to our team and support them through a twelve-month professional development program focused on the nursing care of oncology patients.
The 2008 Oncology Nursing Career Development Award was presented on Thursday, June 26, 2008 to Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center registered nurseLorraine Drapek, NP. The award recognizes a staff nurse who consistently demonstrates excellence in delivering care to patients with cancer, serves as a role model to others, and has a commitment to professional development.
The Friends of the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center have funded the annual award since 1989. The Friends of the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing comfort, support, education and amenities for patients, their families and friends. Ginny Durfee, President of the Friends of Mass General Cancer Center, presented Drapek with a signed plaque and a one thousand dollar award, which will be used by Drapek for professional development opportunities.
Drapek has been a devoted nurse for over thirty years and has worked at Mass General Hospital for five years in the radiation oncology department.
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