May 06, 2020 1:00 PM

Author: Lawrence Marsco, MSN, RN, OCN


As the senior nursing director of inpatient services and director of clinical operations, let me be one of the first to wish our nurses happy Nurses Week. There are not enough words to express my gratitude for what you do each day for our patients, their families, and Huntsman Cancer Institute.

I started in nursing in the middle of the AIDS epidemic. Who would imagine 35 years later we would be in the middle of a pandemic? Serendipitously, 2020 is the year Florence Nightingale, the woman who modernized nursing and inspired Nurses Week, would turn 200. She pioneered hand washing, promoted hygiene, and understood the importance of health in the home. She was one of the first nurses to use statistics and data. Today, as we fight the spread of coronavirus, we see how her influence plays a pivotal role in keeping our patients and each other safe. I could not imagine a better generation of HCI nurses to care for our cancer patients.

Nursing has become integral in all areas of HCI and our community: inpatient, outpatient clinics, infusion centers, infection control, clinical trials, research, education, perioperative services, radiology (IR/CT/MRI), radiation oncology, endoscopy, Huntsman at Home, outpatient and mobile mammography, supportive oncology services, case management, wound/ostomy care, and the list goes on. 

We could not do our jobs without our many partners and want to thank them for their constant support: healthcare and medical assistants, physicians, physician assistants, advanced practitioners, social workers, researchers, administrative support, and the teams at Nutrition Care Services, Pharmacy, respiratory services, CATG, therapy services, security , Environmental Services, Radiation Oncology, the Wellness Center, Transportation Services, Finance Department, and more.

Each day as I walk the halls of the hospital and clinics, I am humbled and honored to work side-by-side with our nursing staff.  Their caring, compassion, resiliency, and grit has earned HCI Nursing a place on the national stage as one of the best.  You truly do put our patients and community first, are united in your efforts for all our patients, their families, and each other and are excellent in everything you do. 

Joy Lombardi, interim senior nursing director for outpatient service, and I could not be prouder to be part of such an extraordinary nursing team and be part of the HCI family.  Thank you, nurses, for everything you do. We genuinely appreciate your commitment and passion to your patients, colleagues, and HCI. Happy Nurses Week!

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