Building Bonds Through Cancer Care

"The nurses on 5 West know each patient on a personal level"

Roswell Park changed my life. From the moment I walked through the doors, I knew it was a place I wanted to work. The warm, welcoming environment and friendly faces inspired me to change careers.

I was working as a bankruptcy court reporter and very unhappy with my position. I wanted a more fulfilling and meaningful job. My sister saw how miserable I was and suggested I shadow her for a day at Roswell Park. As a nurse on 5 West, she was positive I’d be inspired by the wonderful people I’d meet. She was right.

The first thing I noticed was the incredible bond between the patients and the staff. Because 5 West is mostly long-term care, the nurses know each patient on a personal level and comfort them during their most difficult times. I was moved by the strength and courage of each patient and overwhelmed by the dedication of the staff. It was like a big, cohesive family.

I left that day knowing I wanted to be a nurse at Roswell Park. Now, six and a half years later, I’m so thankful for my job and the opportunity to work with my sister and my family on 5 West. I leave work every day knowing that I made a difference in someone’s life.

I am beyond proud and honored to win the DAISY Award. It’s such a great feeling to be recognized for doing what you love and doing it well.