Nurses make a difference
From May 6th through May 12th each year, National Nurses Week is celebrated, and this year’s theme is “Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring.” Just about everyone knows that nurses play a critical role in treating and comforting patients, but some people may not realize that often nurses are finding and helping develop resources for patients.
This is why Ali Hoffman, Patient Services Coordinator at The Bone Marrow Foundation, staffed a booth at the 37th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress. For three days, she met and exchanged knowledge with oncology nurses from across the country (and even some international nurses). Ali provided information about the Foundation’s financial assistance programs and publications. She also asked nurse for their feedback on existing patient resources so that their day-to-day, hands on knowledge could be used to improve programs and better assist patients. The most popular topic of discussion was the Foundation’s medical and educational handbooks. Many nurses spoke about the difficulty they have experienced finding high-quality educational materials and assistance programs for patients who are facing bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood transplants.
From the diagnosis and through the post-transplant follow-up, nurses play a huge role in helping a patient through the transplant process and on the road to recovery. They are an incredible resource in their own right, and with their help, we hope to improve the support offered to patients.