Debi Fischer is a nurse at the University of Miami surgical oncology step down unit. Prior to that she worked in orthopedics and neurology for many years. In addition to her nursing experience, she has earned a master’s degree in social work. Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker was a long-sought-after goal which she finally attained. She is a caregiver for her family and her dogs as well.
Opinion: Self-Care Is Key to Preserve Mental and Emotional Wellness for Oncology NursesDecember 28th 2022
Oncology nurses work in a setting that might exacerbate any underlying mental health problems. Although getting through a shift may feel like the main goal, self-care and resiliency is equally important for the RN.
Opinion: The Good Nurse Brings Safe Narcotic Handling to the Forefront of Nursing MindsDecember 6th 2022
Sometimes nurses inappropriately handle high-risk medications. It is important that other nurses, especially those who work in pain management, hold colleagues accountable to promote patient safety.
Opinion: New Visitor Act in Florida Will Improve Quality of Life for Patients in Oncology UnitsAugust 3rd 2022
The Florida Senate recently passed the No Patient Left Alone Act SB 988, which will allow visitors back into the hospital, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination, so that no patient will wake from surgery or find themselves in hospice, without a family member by their side.
Helping Breast Cancer Survivors Deal With Body Image IssuesJune 19th 2020
Your patient had a mastectomy and chemotherapy and is recovering on the post-op surgical oncology unit. She has 1 or 2 JPs (Jackson Pratt’s) which are drained on a prn basis and a surgical bra. The physical part of her recovery is in progress, but what about body image issues?
Prepectoral Implants: An Emerging Breast Reconstruction SolutionDecember 1st 2018
A study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery described a surgical procedure called prepectoral breast reconstruction that was used among patients who had mastectomies and radiation therapy following their breast cancer diagnosis.
Connecting Potential Stem Cell Transplant Recipients with Survivors Aids in Procedure PreparationNovember 14th 2018
Elise James, LCSW, and Mayra Garcia, LCSW, describe the Stem Cell Transplant Meet and Greet program at The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, which provides psychosocial support to pre-transplant patients.