I am a huge fan of quotes. In fact, throughout high school and college, I used to keep journals packed with inspirational quotes, images, or dialogue from books I read, movies or TV shows I watched, or magazine clippings. I would occasionally go through these journals when I needed some life guidance.
I was fortunate enough to attend this years Oncology Nursing Society’s 39th Annual Congress in Anaheim, Ca, which was packed full of journal-worthy quotes. They spanned a wide range of topics, from nursing leadership to overcoming a cancer diagnosis and treatment, to the latest cancer nursing research. Below is just a taste. And if you attended Congress or not, keep the positive oncology nursing energy going. Increase your knowledge to improve your patient care or become certified with the help of NOEP’s Competence in Cancer Care free online CE series.
“I don’t know if we can have algorithms for cancer screening and treatment in older adults. It needs to be personalized.” – Diane Cope, during the Pre-Congress session, Controversial Issues in the Care of the Older Adult with Cancer: Implications for Education, Practice, and Research
“Palliative care nurses show lower levels of stress and burnout compared to oncology nurses.” -Penny Demaskos, during the Pre-Congress session Compassion Fatigue: Building Resilience in Oncology Nurses
“Individuals develop resilience by experiencing and processing stress, rather than through avoidance.” -Penny Demaskos
“My life is my work.” -ONS Outgoing President Mary Gullatte quoted Gandhi as she reflected on her 2 years with ONS
“Someone on the bottom of the totem pole can still be a leader. Leadership is the process of positively influencing others.” -Devon Harris, keynote speaker, 3-time Captain of the Jamaican bobsled team and inspiration for the Disney movie Cool Runnings
“You are either green and growing, or ripe and rotting.” -Devon Harris
“True power is the art of making other people powerful.” -Devon Harris
“Guided imagery used preoperatively saves money and reduces morbidity and mortality.” -Lourdes Lorenz, Holistic Nursing Modalities: Merging Research into Everyday Clinical Practice
“Vulva is my favorite word and every chance I get I manage to get it in somewhere.” -Dr. Anne Katz on discussing sexuality with her adolescent patients, Sexuality and Cancer for the Frontline Nurse
“The bar can never be set high enough when it comes to patient care.” -Chuck Wilson at the CURE Extraordinary Healer Award Dinner
“Be the nurse that does one more thing, one more time.” -Josh Sundquist, paralympian and survivor of osteosarcoma, speaking at the ONCC Recognition Breakfast
“Research shows that 88% of older adults would rather die than take therapy that causes cognitive impairment.” -Dr. Arti Hurria, Using Geriatric Metrics to Improve Care of the Older Adult with Cancer
–By Carol Cannon, BSN, RN, OCN