Heart of Oncology Nursing

Making a Lasting Impression

Cindy Hansard

Sandra K. Shelton

communication, self care
CJON 2012, 16(4), 425-426. DOI: 10.1188/12.CJON.425-426

Patients affect our lives in many ways. In my case it was Katherine, a gentle, caring, and amazing lady who touched the hearts of all those who cared for her. It's hard to remember the first day I met Katherine; it seemed as though she had always been a part of my life. Her son always attended clinic and chemotherapy sessions with her. Unfortunately, her malignancy required frequent chemotherapy treatments and often daily visits for an extended period of time. All of the chemotherapy nurses became very close to Katherine and her son. They soon became our friends and felt like family.

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