Friday, May 4, 2012

Hearts of gold


NEW NURSING HONOR: Knowles, left, with Burke


On April 26, members of the MGH Cancer Center and Patient Care Services gathered to celebrate the establishment of the Jill Nelson Burke, NP,  Advanced Practice Nursing Award. Michelle Knowles,  APRN-BC, a nurse practitioner in the Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers, is the inaugural recipient of the award and was selected for her excellent record of service at the MGH.

“I eat, breathe, and live nursing,” said Burke, the awards’s namesake, who has worked at the MGH for 25 years and currently works at the Center for Multiple Myeloma. “Thank you for this honor.”

Funded by a grateful patient family, the award was created to recognize a nurse practitioner in oncology who provides exceptional patient care and family support while pursuing clinical research interests and continuing education opportunities. The award will be given annually.

“It is so fitting that this award is named after someone with a heart of gold, and the first award is going to another person with a heart of gold,” said Terry McDonnell,  ACNP-BC, nurse director of clinical practices for the Cancer Center.

Additional speakers at the event were David Ryan, MD, clinical director of the Cancer Center and associate chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology; Noopur Raje, MD, director of the Center for Multiple Myeloma and Burke’s collaborating physician; and Andrew Zhu, MD, PhD, medical oncologist in the Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers and Knowles’ collaborating physician.

Read more articles from the 05/04/12 Hotline issue.

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