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Compassion and Kind Ways in Oncology Nursing

An Extraordinary Healer essay honoring MARY McMAHON, RN, OCN [THE CANCER INSTITUTE AT ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL, EAST HILLS, NEW YORK]
BY Edith Holder
PUBLISHED July 26, 2018
From left: Edith Holder and
Mary McMahon, RN, OCN
 - PHOTO BY ELIZABETH SOWA
From left: Edith Holder and Mary McMahon, RN, OCN - PHOTO BY ELIZABETH SOWA
There are no words to describe how grateful I am for Mary McMahon. Receiving a diagnosis of cancer was hard for me, as well as for my family. Mary has made it easier for me to come in for my weekly treatments. She is kind, caring, honest, professional and thoughtful.

The treatment process is definitely not pleasant, but seeing the smile on Mary’s face helps get me through. She brings a smile to my face, too, and makes me laugh. Her expertise and passion for her job are evident. Mary goes above and beyond to make sure I am comfortable. She even takes the time to talk with my son and husband. She definitely creates a family atmosphere.

I want to thank Mary from the bottom of my heart for her nursing skills and her dedication to her work. I cannot thank her enough for providing me with the best care every time I walk through the hospital doors. Her compassion and kind ways are commendable and should be recognized. Having Mary on my care team is truly a blessing. She is an angel sent from above, and I am grateful for her. I love her.
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