“I started realizing how vast and various nursing opportunities are. There are so many different things you can do,” he says. “I didn’t think any other profession would give me that.”
“I could see myself growing here, and working with oncology patients is very rewarding."
“There are no limits to the career opportunities here. Someone can start as an aid, wherever they want to start, and go anywhere. You can always advance. There’s always another step ahead of you that you can reach for if you want. People will support you.”
“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."