Health Care Team Players: Meet the Nurse | Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

Health Care Team Players: Meet the Nurse

nursesAccording to the American Nurses Association, nursing “is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.” In plain language, AA&MDS is pretty sure you will agree, “Nurses are angels in comfortable shoes.” (Author Unknown)

Registered nurses, (RN’s), have a range of responsibilities in hospitals, health centers, medical offices, even schools and community health centers. They can perform physical exams, provide health counseling and education, administer medications, care for wounds, as well as coordinate care with a wide array of health care professionals. Some RN’s are involved in research. 

Bone marrow failure patients may have advance practice registered nurses (APRN) on their health care team. APRN’s have pursued additional education and clinical practice requirements. They may be nurse practitioners (NPs) or clinical nurse specialists (CNS).

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), complement the healthcare team by providing basic and routine care under the direction of an RN, APRN, or physician in a variety of settings.

A hematology nurse is trained to care for patients with blood diseases and disorders. They may also assist with blood transfusions, blood tests, research, and chemotherapy. The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) is the professional organization for pediatric hematology/oncology nurses and other pediatric hematology/oncology healthcare professionals. Its members are dedicated to promoting optimal nursing care for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and blood disorders, and their families.  

AA&MDSIF is proud to recognize the important role of nurses in caring for our patients during National Nurses Week ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Who is your Florence Nightingale? Tell us about your favorite nurse(s). AA&MDSIF will print send her/him a specially designed thank you note.  Then, look for your favorite nurse stories in upcoming electronic publications from us!