3 ways MD Anderson nurses make our patients feel safe and cared for

I knew that I wanted to be a nurse pretty early on. My grandmother was diagnosed with colorectal cancer when I was in the eighth grade, and I watched as her nurses went about their duties. I thought they had a great job, and I wanted that for myself one day. I fulfilled the first part of my dream by earning a nursing degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. I fulfilled the second part when I joined MD Anderson in 2017. Now, I work with patients in the post-anesthesia care unit at MD Anderson West Houston. My job is to make sure they’re stable after surgery or diagnostic procedures so they can go home. I really enjoy it. Nurses are a special breed, in that we feel driven to take care of people. But there’s more to nursing than just that aspect of it. Nurses have a lot of qualities other than compassion that make our patients feel safe and cared for. Here are three that I’ve noticed in my colleagues at MD Anderson. 1. We keep our word Some of my patients don’t have anyone who can stay with them while they’re receiving cancer treatment. And when you’re alone in that hospital room and all you have is the nurse to provide you with both care and information, you want someone who’s responsive and does what they say they’re going to do. So if I tell someone I’ll come back in an hour, then I come back in an hour. And sometimes, after completing my rounds, I’ll take off my gloves and just hold...