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Anthony Y.

Baltimore, MD

Personal Information

  • Specialty

    Oncology Nurse
  • Degree

  • Group

    Men in Nursing

My initial interest was in medical school, but once I realized that nurses were the ones dealing directly with the patient's care I switched my major to nursing. Males should not let myths or misconceptions about nursing dictate their career choice. Look at me: I am 22-years old and I manage bone marrow transplants. Nursing is a lot more than just nurturing and holding babies. I became interested in oncology after a professor at my university told me about research she was conducting on how humor affected the recovery process of cancer patients. She was reminding patients that there is more to life than cancer. I decided then to begin my nursing career in oncology. I have tremendous autonomy in my job. I manage the entire bone marrow transplant process with a doctor available if I need one, but not present during the procedure. Everyone wants to feel that what they do is important, and I feel that working with cancer patients and being there when they need someone to listen is important. Knowing that I played a critical role in a patient's recovery is immensely satisfying. With the current nursing shortage I am not worried about job security. Nursing is one of those professions where good people are always needed. I feel confident that I could go anywhere in the country and find a nursing job. The money is great and I am constantly encouraged to seek higher education. My management team believes that the more educated the nurses are the better the patient care is.

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