the path to change: Oncology
nurses leading the way

. :  Lori Butts (Sydney)

The Cape Breton Cancer Center Nursing Team

We are oncology nurses with remarkable oncology unit success stories. At the Cape Breton Cancer Center, we have a team of extraordinary oncology nurses. We use a holistic approach to caring for all of our patients, their families, and for our colleagues. Patients and families who visit our center are not only treated for their illness, they are cared for on a personal and emotional level. Our patients tell us that the caring and support provided by our staff is a source of strength to them and their families. This is evident in the rapport shared by patients, families and staff on a daily basis. Having a diagnosis of cancer is a very difficult time in most people’s lives. The atmosphere in the center is upbeat and positive. Patients and families become comfortable with staff and show appreciation with baked goods and treats, even after treatment or after the passing of a loved one who received treatment. One patient who was coming back for port flushes surprised the nurses one day by decorating himself in battery operated Christmas lights. A couple of patients continue the spirit they witnessed by dressing up as Santa and continue to visit the center. Cancer survivors often return to the center when treatments are completed to give back the care and support they received by volunteering their time. Some provide complementary therapy or participate in workshops and share their inspiring stories to help those going through treatment.

Oncology nurses provide ongoing education and support and work closely with other cancer team members to ensure optimal level of care. Staff members keep abreast of best practices and evidenced based care by attending education sessions and conferences. Our nurses treat the person, not just the illness

Lori Butts, RN
Sydney, NS
Clinical Nurse Educator Cape Breton Cancer Center

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