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Committed and Compassionate: Celebrating Oncology Nurses

May 19, 2021

Oncology nurses play a special role in cancer care. Whether helping them manage treatment side effects and symptoms, providing guidance to caregivers, or offering an encouraging word, oncology nurses have a heart for patients with cancer.

In recognition of Oncology Nursing Month, observed annually in May, three of Texas Oncology’s nursing leaders shed light on their experiences caring for patients and working with our dedicated oncology nurses.

Janet Mullins PhotoThe most rewarding part of my job is getting to know patients and their families and helping them through some of the most difficult times of their lives. Before COVID-19, sometimes former patients and their family members would visit staff even though their treatment was complete. It helps me remember what a difference we make in their lives with even the smallest of gestures or words of empathy. I am proud to work at Texas Oncology because I truly believe our teams put patients’ needs first. Texas Oncology sets high standards for staff and patient care, yet we are continuously inspired to strive for improvement.” Janet Mullins, BSN, RN, OCN, regional nurse manager, Texas Oncology–Austin Central
Jeana Faske PhotoFor the past year, I have been helping our physicians, clinical staff, and employees navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19. It has given me a newfound respect for the work of our nursing teams and has been amazing to see how they work together as a team. It is an honor to serve our patients alongside them.” Jeana Faske, BSN, RN, OCN, nurse educator and infection control specialist, Texas Oncology
Jill Dickerson PhotoThe most rewarding part of my job has always been caring for our patients. That has not changed during my 28 years as an oncology nurse – 27 of which I have spent at Texas Oncology. My role has evolved somewhat, in that I now find great satisfaction in building and growing great nursing teams, supporting compassionate nurses who are committed to providing great cancer care.” Jill Dickerson, BSN, RN, OCN, regional nurse manager, Texas Oncology–Tyler

For upcoming webinars visit www.TexasOncologyFoundation.org.