“Being a nurse is such a rewarding feeling. It’s rewarding when you see a patient and they say, ‘I had a terrible night but you made a difference.’"
“No matter what you walk into, you know you’re always going to be helping someone,” she says. “We can tell, on our floor, the patients are so appreciative. That makes my job easier, knowing the patients are so grateful for the care they experience.”

There are more than 700 nurses who have dedicated their careers to caring for patients at Roswell Park. These highly skilled individuals bring their expertise and compassion to work every day for the sake of the tens of thousands of people coming to Roswell Park in search of hope.

“Time really does fly when you’re having fun and happy and love what you do.”
“It’s nice to see them light up, especially on hard days, when they talk about their interests or pets or their family members.”
“I like that on somebody’s worst day, we can be a bright spot to them."
As the oldest of six siblings, he thinks the ability to care for people is second nature for him.
“People need to go through those emotions and they need to have someone who can help take care of them."
"I tell the patients I’m not here for the doctors, I’m an advocate for you."
"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."