Smiles: Perspectives from an Oncology Nurse

Lisa Wry, RN, BSN, OCN
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“I can’t imagine a job more rewarding than when cancer a patient starts to do well.” –Anonymous patient

Whenever anyone asks us what we do for a living, we always answer with, “I’m a nurse.” When the conversation gets into what kind of nursing, we hesitate and then answer with, “oncology nurse.” It’s not that we aren’t proud of what we do, but we try to avoid the response that includes gasps and, “oh, that must be so sad.” In reality, it is the exact opposite. Our patients and their families and friends become our friends. We have many wonderful success stories, and even our patients that do eventually succumb to their disease are an absolute pleasure and honor to take care of. Sharing a common goal with our patients, whether it is cure or palliation, gives us a strong bond. Our patients have often expressed to us how much they appreciate that when they come into the cancer center they are not looked at as their diagnosis, but rather as a person. 

Lisa Wry, RN, BSN, OCN has her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Nevada, Reno and is certified in oncology nursing. Lisa also holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from California State University, Chico. She has been with the GUMTFCC for four years. As a Northern California native, Lisa loves living in Truckee and enjoying all it has to offer. She can often be found out hiking on the many trails with her husband, Kasey and two dogs.

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