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Celebrating our Nurses and Medical Physicists

Celebrating our Nurses and Medical Physicists

May not only brings us spring flowers, but it’s also the month we celebrate and introduce you to our amazing nurses and medical physics staff. That’s because National Nurses Week and International Medical Physics Week both occur in May.

National Nurses Week leads up to and ends on May 12, which was the birth date of Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale and her team were able to reduce the death rate among wounded soldiers in the Crimean War from 42% to 2% due to her strict hygiene practices!

There are more than three million nurses in the United States. Here at the Proton Center, we are happy to have some of the most capable nurses caring for our patients.

Many of our nurses have worked extensively in cancer care and have obtained advanced degrees in nursing and certifications specializing in oncology nursing. Oncology is one of the most challenging fields, because of the stress and anxiety a cancer diagnosis causes the patient and their family.

Tanya Sanchez, our Nurse Manager, says: “Our nurses are trained in each disease site and become certified in radiation oncology once the two-year required experience criteria is met. In addition, our nurses receive additional training in treating pediatric patients. This allows us to give our youngest patients the specialized care and support they need. Our nurses understand the importance of on-going education and training and many seek opportunities to specialize in cancer. Most importantly, the nurses who work at our Center are so compassionate, caring and helpful, that we really couldn’t ask for a more supportive team. We are so proud of our nurses.”

International Medical Physics Week, which begins on May 11, is a great time to showcase our highly-trained and innovative medical physics staff.

With great power comes great responsibility! Our medical physicists commission and calibrate all technical equipment in the treatment planning and delivery process (CT scanners, computers that calculate dose, treatment units), test every patient’s beams for quality before they are used for treatment, develop and implement new treatment techniques, and ensure the radiation safety of patients and employees. They also create computer models of radiation beams for accurate treatment planning, contribute our expertise in clinical trials, and rapidly develop and implement new techniques to improve cancer treatment with protons. Needless to say, to make sure we provide state-of-the-art care at our Center, we’ve recruited some of the most highly-regarded medical physicists in the region.

Jay Saini, PhD, MBA Associate Director of Medical Physics, explains: “Similar to physicians, the medical physicists at the Center hold terminal degrees (PhDs) and are board certified, with a combined experience of more than 100 years. This training equips us to speak on two levels: medical and technical. For these reasons, therapeutic medical physicists are essential at every cancer facility to provide the very best care and deliver safe and powerful radiation treatments. Our team at the Center is one of the best to work with, because they are so appreciative and supportive of each other, and raise each member up to do the best possible work.”

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