Infusion Nursing--A Vital Role - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

 

Infusion Nursing--A Vital Role

Infusion Clinic Staff at the Madison VA

Infusion Clinic Staff at the Madison VA

By Ronette Anderson, RN, OCN and Laurie Lata, BSN, RN, OCN
Thursday, April 26, 2012

In 1980, the US House of Representatives selected a day each year to honor and recognize the accomplishments of the nation’s infusion nurse specialists.  Infusion nurses, like all nurse specialists, focus on areas that require specialized knowledge and skills.

The Madison VA Infusion Clinic is staffed with specially trained infusion nurses.  They are committed to being up-to-date about the ever-changing world of Infusion Therapy.  Some patients spend a short time in the Infusion Clinic for their treatments while others may spend the entire day, depending upon their course of medications required.

The largest group of Veterans served by the Infusion Clinic staff are those with cancer and other chronic or life threatening diseases.  The infusion nurses are supportive of the patients through one of the most challenging times of their lives.  The nurses help the patients and their loved ones by caring, teaching, listening, and simply being present.    The infusion nurses are passionate about their specialized area of nursing and the very rewarding and lasting relationships they form with their patients and the patient's family members.   Not only do the infusion nurses administer the chemotherapy medications and blood products, they also provide patient and family teaching and manage illness and treatment related symptoms.   These dedicated and hardworking nurses think that going above and beyond the call of duty is the norm.  They have been known to come in on a weekend when one of their Veterans is being discharged to make sure the transition to homecare is seamless.

“We met as strangers and became friends”
“Your professionalism, expertise, caring and compassion for me shined every week”
“I think he continued and wanted to come back for more chemo just for the support he got from all the nurses there”
“Thank you for listening to his many stories”

-  Comments from Veterans treated at the Madison VA Infusion Clinic

If you have questions, or would like more information about the Madison VA Infusion Clinic, please contact us at (608)280-7017, Option #3.

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