When I was in nursing school, I fell in love with the oncology field. People are thrown this awful curveball when they receive a diagnosis of cancer, and I enjoy helping them through their toughest moments. I’ve been working with the bone marrow transplant team at Fred Hutch since 2004, ever since I got out of nursing school. I’ve never thought about working anywhere else. I feel like I learn something new on every shift, and I’m surrounded by supportive, innovative colleagues.
During the early part of my career, when I was a floor nurse, I took care of a patient who ended up passing away. I bonded with him and his family; they always called me their “angel.” After he died, his family gave me a set of angel wind chimes. We kept in touch for years afterward, and I’ll never forget them. Throughout my career in transplant, I’ve always cherished the connections I develop with patients and how unique each connection is. Rather than solely focusing on a person’s illness, I think it’s important to learn about who they really are, what they enjoy doing and what they look forward to in life. I also believe that the seemingly little things we do can make a big difference to patients, whether it’s bringing them a favorite treat from outside the hospital or facilitating communication with loved ones who aren’t able to visit in person.
Malignant and non-malignant blood disorders
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in bone marrow transplantation (BMT) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. I provide care for patients with a variety of blood-related cancers or disorders who are undergoing BMT or other forms of immunotherapy. My goal is to provide equal and non-judgmental care to all patients while treating every person as an individual.
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