In 1945, Nursing Administrator Ethel Chandler formally organized the Department of Nursing at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) with 61 nurses under her direction. Today, the Department of Nursing boasts a dynamic and engaged staff of over 600 administrators, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, hospital clinical assistants and clinical support assistants.
The Department of Nursing:
The goal of the Department of Nursing is to provide excellent and comprehensive care to cancer patients and their significant others during all phases of their evaluation and treatment. Patients range from pediatric to adult, include a wide range of diagnostic categories and all phases of treatment from evaluation to long-term follow-up of cancer survivors.
Patients have highly complex clinical, psychosocial and educational needs and the Nursing staff continuously strives to meet these needs through clinical care, patient/family education, nursing and multidisciplinary research and interdisciplinary collaboration.
The RPCI Department of Nursing provides a vigorous schedule of education programs for patients, staff and the nursing community. Continuing education programs are routinely presented on:
Additional educational programs are presented on new clinical pathways, research, initiatives and patient management strategies.
Patient education is an integral component of daily nursing practice at RPCI. Formal programs to help patients cope with the cancer experience and understand cancer therapy are also offered.