Moffitt Cancer Center’s nurses are involved with every aspect of patient care and research, from prevention and screening to treatment and clinical trials. Nurses partner with patients, families and the health care team to deliver high-quality and compassionate personalized care to support Moffitt’s mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.
The Nursing department includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. Many become certified in specialties such as oncology, critical care and radiology. Our nurses are committed to preventing cancer through risk assessment, screening and detection. On the clinical side, our nurses work within multidisciplinary teams to provide consultations, diagnoses and treatment planning, symptom management and follow-up care. Our nurses are involved with the in-patient care of our unique cancer populations, such as patients undergoing chemotherapy and blood and marrow transplants. Research nurses evaluate, register and coordinate patients in clinical trials. Our nurses also provide education and counseling through the continuum of care.
Message from the Chief Nursing Officer, Jane Fusilero, R.N., M.S.N., MBA, NEA-BC
Much has changed since I began my journey in 2011 with the dedicated and talented nursing staff at Moffitt Cancer Center.
We have completed the next iteration of our Shared Governance Model – a powerful tool for making changes in nursing practice and profession. The Staff Nurse Advisory Group reports to me and addresses work-life balance issues. It’s a driver for future changes as nursing evolves. However, I also want to note that Moffitt has received the Oncology Nursing Society’s 2012 Employer Recognition Award for large employers. It’s a tribute to all of our nurses.
We can’t lose sight of the fact that we as a nursing body are patient advocates – exemplified by our late colleague and nursing leader Agnes Manka, who lost her battle with cancer on March 7, 2012. For more than 18 years at Moffitt, Agnes remained committed to its values and mission, as well as to the nursing profession.
As we continue to make improvements at Moffitt, we are looking at metrics – with input from the nursing staff – as we form a nursing strategic plan. This approach will include positive measurement results grounded in evidence.
Thanks to everyone for adapting to and embracing change – and for embracing me. You have made my transition easier. The strategic plan will help guide us. It is the right thing to do for our patients and our staff.