June 20, 2016
Communications and Marketing
Nursing major Laurissa Cole '17 of Gilford, N.H., has been chosen to receive this year's Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship, through which she will do an eight-week, paid clinical working with cancer care teams at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H. this summer.
Cole will be exposed to a variety of aspects of oncology care, giving her a comprehensive and thorough, hands-on experience. She will be providing direct patient care in medical oncology, radiation oncology, the infusion treatment unit, and the inpatient medical unit and will observe various procedures and surgeries for oncology patients in the operating room. As part the fellowship, she is also working on a research project which she will present to her supervisor during her last week.
Cole is grateful for the opportunity to work with doctors and nurses renowned for their care of oncology patients. "I was overwhelmed with joy to have received such an amazing opportunity," she says. "I am looking forward to learning so much about this disease and the care that these patients need."
The Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship was established by Frederick C. Flynn in memory of his wife Susan, who had ovarian cancer. In her honor, and in gratitude for the care Susan received at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut, Flynn set up the professional development program, which was piloted last year at Greenwich Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
"This fellowship is specifically developed for individualized learning in this specialty area, so students have access to classes, mentoring, research and clinical experience," says Professor Caryn Sheehan, who has 20 years' experience in cancer nursing. "It is really the best part of nursing school wrapped up tightly in a summer package."
"Oncology is a specialty area that is challenging emotionally, physically and morally," she says, adding that recipients receive personal mentoring about the special needs of people with cancer. Cole will then be able to apply this knowledge by providing direct care to patients across the entire cancer continuum, from diagnosis, to surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and beyond.