Nurse Co-creates Resource for Childhood Cancer Survivors
A nurse turned author. A product of her passion of caring for others. It’s a story that happens often at our hospital and Kathy is one of many who care so much that they refuse to limit their impact to the kids that they see every day because they want to do more.
Kathy Ruccione, MPH, RN, FAAN, Co-Director of the hospital’s Hematology-Oncology Psychosocial and Educational (HOPE) Program for children with cancer, is fueled by a desire to get the right resources into the hands of families of a child with cancer.
As she reflects on the driving force in co-authoring Childhood Cancer Survivors, released just in time for Childhood Cancer Awareness month, Kathy shares that, in her experience providing care as part of the hospital’s Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases,
“It was often the nurses that young people and their families talked with about their long-term complications, confiding their worries and concerns, and their desire not to burden their doctors with these issues because it might seem they weren’t grateful for being cured.”
With over thirty years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and witnessing progress and discovery being made with cancer treatment, she realized many cancer patients and survivors had unanswered questions. As a result, Kathy shares, “Our nursing skills could be focused on helping families prepare for survival, advocating open communication about the disease and treatment.”
Through Kathy’s work in our hospital, and through writing opportunities such as this, she uses every day as an opportunity to share stories from survivors and their parents, and combines it with resources about where to find support.
Congratulations to Kathy Ruccione, MPH, RN, FAAN, on her recent accomplishment and please help us spread the word about Childhood Cancer Awareness month.