I’ve done a lot of different things, I’ve had several different roles, but working here feels like coming home.
I have worked at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center (BBC CCC) for seven and a half years. I’ve done a lot of different things, I’ve had several different roles, but working here feels like coming home.
At Bronson there are lots of places for you to grow in your career. If there’s an area that you’d like to learn more about, develop an expertise in, they will support you and encourage you to pursue that. They’re really big on education, they want everyone to be an oncology certified nurse, and they will help pay for the exam and review materials. It is helpful having the support as well as the financial support.
What I love about the BBC CCC is two fold – our patients are fabulous. They give more to me than I think I ever provide to them. At one point I had Bell’s-palsy so it looked like I had a stroke. I wanted to tell my patients what was going on so they would know I’m okay, and they would come back two weeks later asking about how I was doing.
Our patients are fighting cancer, and with everything that they have to deal with and face on a daily basis – if we can make it brighter and more fun for them, that’s important. I work back in the infusion and chemo room and the teamwork there is phenomenal. If I had a situation, emergency, problem, I know my partners would step in to help. If my patient has a problem, and I’m delayed longer than expected, they will keep my patient flow going.
Our charge nurse, Deb Arnold, and unit coordinator, Doreen Scholly, they’re very open and receptive to questions, thoughts, ideas, ways to better things. You can see that, too, and the patients see it and feel it. They make lots of comments like that about how well we work together.
When I worked in recovery it was nice because I saw a wide variety of things. But here, you see them over and over again. You get to know their families, see pictures of their grandchildren. They let you into their life, and it is an amazing thing.