Kerri Stuart, R.N., M.S.N.c, O.C.N. (CN III Radiation Oncology)
What I like best about being a nurse in Radiation Oncology is the continuity of excellent care I am able to provide to my patients on a daily basis. Radiation patients generally come in every day for treatment, and some patients experience significant side effects from radiation and/or chemotherapy. I am able to utilize the nursing process daily to assist these patients in relieving their symptoms through not only medical management, but by providing the emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial support that I believe is an essential part of my nursing practice. Each day is different from the last in Radiation Oncology, and my skill set continues to grow as new technologies are introduced by our highly trained group of physicians. From basic IV skills to pushing IV contrast and providing conscious sedation for procedures, as the nurse there is also opportunity for me to coordinate complex cancer care for our patients, thereby eliminating that stress and worry from our patient’s list of “to do’s”.
I am also very fortunate to work with such an amazing, talented group of health-care professionals. The physicians, nurses, radiation therapists, our medical assistant Consuelo, physicists, dosimetrists, the MOSC’S, patient escort and all of our administrative staff demonstrate a commitment to excellence in patient care every day, and I am very proud to be a part of this amazing team.