"Where do I begin to describe the extraordinary oncology nurses who have touched my life this year? I am going to tell you about one of these special healers who, on the very first day she was assigned to administer my chemo, touched my soul.
Of all the job duties and qualifications that an oncology nurse has, there is one that isn't on any mandatory list. But it is written on the heart of these nurses and is the "rock" of their healing and nurturing talents. Tools of the trade include nursing skills and healing knowledge, medications, the latest in cancer treatment news, and in some cases, being able to read the doctor's minds.
In the midst of all these skills and knowledge, there is a gift that these angels of healing have -a special cure gene that is deep seated in their heart. It is not seen on any x-rays or felt by the human hand, it is a "spirit" all its own. It is felt in the patients' heart, mind and soul - a gift like NO other, given by these nurse angels."
–May “sissy” Graham Smith, patient of Shirley Davis, RN
"She (Davis) has also added coach to her job description with me as she has taken on advising me about nutrition, building up my strength, etc. She emails or messages me (Most times late at night after she gets home from work) asking what I’ve eaten, or telling me to try this or that. I had to take a two week break from chemo due to potassium problems and severe nausea. My off time was spent trying to gain weight and get stronger. I don’t need to tell you who called or wrote to check on me every day. With her coaching and my determined attitude, I went from 93 pounds to 101.4."
Topic: Nursing Administration