"I love being a research nurse because I feel like I make a difference in the care of my patients."

On March 9, 1992, nurse practitioner Pamela Paplham, DNP, AOCNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, started working at what was then called Roswell Park Memorial Institute. Exactly 30 years later, she retired from what is now called Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Everyone’s qualified, so passionate, so positive, and that’s what gets us to the point where we can complete the common goal, to give the patients as much care and treatment success as possible."
“Ultimately, it’s the team I work with. I honestly love each and every person,” she says.
“I am a member of a team, working along with our other staff, the patients, their families and their friends, all of us working together toward the best outcome for the patient.”
"Feeling like I was sought after made me feel like I wanted to work here; even as a student, my work was valued,” she says.

Vince Paluch, RN, AAS, did not set out to be a nurse. He was looking for a job in education when he decided to explore healthcare as a career.

“Once I spent time here, during my clinical experience, I realized it’s not what you think, not at all. The fulfillment that I’ve found here is much more than I could have ever imagined.”
Jessie Reardon, BSN, RN, wanted to be a special education teacher for years. But when someone close to her was diagnosed with brain tumors, Reardon spent a lot of time keeping them company at the former Women and Children’s Hospital.
It’s rare these days for people to stay in the same job at the same place for most of their careers, regardless of their type of work. Anne Courtney, AAS, RN, OCN, is an exception.
“It’s very gratifying helping patients and if I can bring a positive attitude to their day and help them through a difficult time, it’s very rewarding.”

When you think of clinical research, you may picture doctors and scientists collecting data or patients trying new treatment regimens. However, some very important people are missing from this picture: clinical research nurses.