ALEXANDRIA, VA - The National Capital Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is proud to name Arlington resident Christina Urso, RN, BSN, OCN, as the 2011 Oncology Nurse of the Year. Christina is an oncology nurse on the adult inpatient hematology oncology unit at Georgetown University Hospital. She will be graduating from Georgetown with her nurse practitioner degree in December, 2011.
Urso was nominated for the award by her supervisor, Sabrina Bielefeldt. "Christina has repeatedly proven her maturity, critical thinking and compassion caring for a very challenging oncology population", says Bielefeldt. One patient?s husband described Urso as thoughtful, caring and skilled in the challenges of palliative care. He went on to say he was in awe of her composure and dedication to his wife.
"I am currently studying to be a Nurse Practitioner and I am ho[ping to be able to touch the lives of leukemia and lymphoma patients on a deeper level and have the privilege of following each patient throughout his or her entire journey of the diagnosis", Urso says. She goes on to say she is looking forward to volunteering again when her rigorous study schedule is completed.
As Nurse of the Year, Urso will receive a $500 scholarship to a professional conference, a spa package, and a special luncheon at her place of work. In addition, she will be an honored guest at the chapter's 2011 Leukemia Ball on March 31, the 25th Anniversary event.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's National Capital Area Chapter each year recognizes an Oncology Nurse of the Year to award a professional oncology nurse for exemplary practice and experience in caring for patients with blood cancers. To nominate a nurse for 2012 honors or for more information, please contact Margo DeLong at Margo.DeLong@lls.org or 703.399.2959.