Nurses are the most trusted professionals in the United States according to the most recent Gallup survey.1,2 Eighty-five percent of respondents rated nurses as having very high or high “honesty and ethical standards.” In fact, nurses have ranked number one on the list since they were added to the survey in 1999. The bond between patient and nurse is undeniable and never more apparent than at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute.
May is the traditional time of year that we honor nurses as National Nurses Week is observed May 6-12. Our highly skilled nursing professionals include specialists in adult radiation oncology, pediatric radiation oncology and clinical research. As case managers, nurses are involved from day one in developing every patient’s care plan. They counsel patients on what to expect during treatment and beyond. They set patients at ease by providing knowledgeable answers and effective solutions to health concerns that may develop during or after the course of treatment. It is common for our nurses to go the extra mile to give patients that added bit of comfort, support or encouragement to keep on track with treatment for the best possible outcome. We thank all of our nurses for their commitment to excellence.
Stuart L. Klein