Radiation Oncology Department nurses earn Master's Degrees
October 20, 2012
Kerri Stuart, nurse in the Department of Radiation Oncology, earned her master's of science and nursing, graduating in May. Stuart's training has helped her better treat and understand the psychosocial aspect of patients with cardiac disease and diabetes.
Terri Wolf, who worked in radiation oncology four years, received her master's of science from UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing in June. She says that going back to school gave her a new perspective about inter-professional collaborations, and she hopes to use her knowledge to focus on issues such as housing, family support and nutrition. Through the master's program, Wolf met national nurse leaders and participated in state and regional programs. She credits her master's program for preparing her for her new position as nursing and quality coordinator with the UC Davis Cancer Care Network.
Both Kerri and Terri support cancer center nurses who want to go back to school to earn advanced degrees. "The more nurses know about systems, policy, science, management, business or leadership, the better we will be able to serve patients and create a healthy world," says Wolf. "There is a need for nurses to be more active in health beyond the clinical world and additional education may be part of the process."