TAMPA, Fla. – When Lori Fox began her nursing career at Moffitt 30 years ago, she never imagined she’d be a provider and a patient. She is one of Moffitt’s original nurses, and she fondly remembers the doors opening and feeling excited as she treated the first patient.
Fox always had compassion for her patients, but that turned into a much deeper level of understanding after doctors diagnosed her with kidney cancer in 2012.
Fox went from caregiver to patient as she spent more than a week in the hospital, underwent surgery and spent three months recuperating. “We always say we are not sure why things happen. I now have a testimony to give to others to help them fight and get through their battle,” she says.
Fox is stronger than ever today. Her tests look good, and she is just one of hundreds of Moffitt nurses who will celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12.
According to the American Nurses Association, nursing is the largest occupation in health care with more than 3 million registered nurses in the United States.
Moffitt is recognizing its nurses with activities, treats and awards throughout the week, which ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Having been on both sides of the hospital fence, Fox says Nurses Week is her chance to recognize the colleagues that cared for her and take a moment to reflect on her own career that spans three decades.
Her advice for new nurses is to love what you do. “The passion has to be there and you need to get involved,” she says. “Join committees, organizations and groups to continually educate yourself in whatever area you pursue. Surround yourself with positive people and keep moving!”
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Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. One of the three largest cancer centers in the United States based on patient volume, the Tampa-based facility is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. With more than 5,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.