Thanks to you, pediatric nurses love YA patients!

Heidi Adams — By on October 15, 2008 at 9:57 am

Hi, everyone–

Thanks so much for the stories and words of wisdom. I used them all, and they loved it! (Lindsey, I turned your list into “Lindsey’s Top 10 Pieces of Advice for Nurses.” They were hysterical!)

I spoke for about an hour to a ballroom full of probably 600 nurses, and you could just see the lightbulbs going on all over the place. It’s crazy how it seems so obvious to all of US how people with cancer in their 20s and 30s are playing a totally different ballgame, but it hasn’t even crossed the minds of so many medical professionals.

See, when 9 out of 10 patients in either a pediatric or medical oncologist’s office are under 14 or over 40, respectively, is it any wonder that no one ever thinks of those random young adults as a group or a community? And not just a group, but a group with unique needs, issues and challenges

But once they hear it, they GET it. And then, hopefully, they’ll go home and think differently about that next YA patient who walks onto their floor.

Honestly, though–it’s not the pediatric folks who need to be convinced. We need to get the adult oncology community on board to really move the needle on this one. So we’ll keep pressing on!

Thanks again, guys. You made me look good. :-)

Home tomorrow. I’ll be like a salmon swimming upstream in the airport, fighting the departing visitors from Austin City Limits music festival. 😉

Best,
Heidi

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