|UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center salutes our dedicated nurses during Oncology Nursing Month|
|Written by Administrator|
|Wednesday, 05 May 2010 14:24|
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to salute our dedicated nursing team during Oncology Nursing Month. Read about Faye Williams, nurse manager for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Inpatient Medical Oncology Unit. Mrs. Williams has worked in the unit since 1997 and been nurse manager since 2002, where she ensures the unit has everything it needs to provide patients with the best possible care. Helping cancer patients is both important and rewarding to Mrs. Williams. “UAB is the best place in the world to work, and to be a part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center is truly a blessing,” she says.
Today Mrs. Williams is a nurse manager in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Inpatient Medical Oncology Unit. The Tuscumbia native has been working at UAB since 1992, graduating from the UAB School of Nursing in 1993. Her career led her through several departments, including orthopedics, internal medicine and urology, before some hospital restructuring brought her to the hematology-oncology unit. “The group of doctors I had been working with and loved was moving to hematology-oncology,” she recalls. “Everyone told me I didn’t want to go to hematology-oncology, but I decided to take a chance.”
Mrs. Williams started in the unit as a staff nurse but was soon asked to be the full-time charge nurse. At first, she hesitated because she was concerned that she would no longer be caring for patients. But that was not the case, and she accepted the job. In April 2002, Mrs. Williams received the opportunity to become the unit’s nurse manager. “I had been feeling like my career wasn’t advancing—that I was helping everyone but me,” she says. “When my manager asked me about the nurse manager position, I immediately said yes.”
“You need a big heart and compassion to be a nurse anyway, but when you take care of cancer patients, it has to be within you to do this day in and day out because it can be emotionally draining,” Mrs. Williams says. “It can be very rewarding also. I truly love this area of nursing, and I wouldn’t change a thing. It was the best career move I have ever made. UAB is the best place in the world to work, and to be a part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center is truly a blessing.”
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 May 2010 20:14|