Meet Carol Porter, MD Anderson’s chief nursing officer

Last fall, Carol Porter, D.N.P., joined MD Anderson as vice president of Nursing Practice and chief nursing officer. In this role, she provides leadership and administrative oversight to our nursing community, helping them bring the best possible care to our patients and their families during cancer treatment. We recently spoke with Porter to learn more about her. Here’s what she had to say. How do you describe yourself? Honest, trustworthy, organized, devoted and family oriented. Where are you from? I was born in New Jersey and lived in Bergen County my entire life. The location was great, being so close to New York City as well as the Jersey Shore. I’ve loved the smells and sounds of the ocean since I was a kid. New Jersey is a nice place to raise a family, which I did. I have one son and two daughters. What led you to a nursing and health care administration career? My father encouraged me to go to nursing school. I began my career working as a medical/surgical nurse and then moved into emergency and trauma nursing, which gave me a true appreciation for how fragile life really is. After 15 years, I was promoted to management and began to climb the ranks before being named chief nursing officer at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in 2005. What attracted you to MD Anderson? I was one of the surveyors who visited MD Anderson for a week in 2010 as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. I was so impressed with the Nursing division and the entire cancer center. When...