A patient wrote about his oncology nurse when receiving chemotherapy, whose personality helped him look forward to his sessions.
Joyce Spitz, RN, was so inspiring. She helped me get through with my chemotherapy treatment. With her, there was no dull moment. She was always smiling and ready to assist in any way possible. That explains why she's the most liked; everyone that came in contact with her liked her. She was so nice and gracious to anyone that came there. Because of her, I looked forward to going for my chemo session every time I knew she was in charge of my section.
There are a whole lot of wonderful things I could say about her but sometimes it's just hard to put things into words. She took her time to get to know me personally not just as a patient but as a family friend. She got to know my wife and they connected. Joyce always asked about her and my son each time I was there. I don't miss my chemo treatment, but I truly miss Joyce.
The more reasons why I am nominating her for this award is not only because of her kindness towards me and everyone else, but to celebrate her and appreciate her for everything she does there. She would go out of her way to make sure you are comfortable. Joyce would ask if you need your feet up. She would ask if you needed a blanket. Joyce goes above and beyond for anyone in her section, and she sometimes would go to another section to help out. What amazed me was that she did all these things effortlessly and with a great passion for what she does as an oncology nurse.
I couldn't have asked for a better person. Joyce really helped me get through my chemo treatment. I could go on and on writing about her, but I will have to stop here. I wish and hope she gets nominated because she truly deserves it and more.
Editor’s Note: This is an essay submitted by Chinedu Onugu for the 2021 Extraordinary Healer Award. Click here to read more about CURE®’s Extraordinary Healer® Award for Oncology Nursing event on April 30, 2021.
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