Lois Regen has spent close to four decades at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s clinical immunogenetics lab. She’s the manager, making sure that blood or saliva samples are analyzed promptly to see if potential donors are good matches for patients in need of bone marrow or stem cell transplants.
It's no secret that homelessness is one of Seattle's most pressing problems. A one-night count of homeless people in the city last year revealed more than 12,000 people have no place to call home -- including families with children, who accounted for 22 percent of Seattle's homeless population.
Judy Fihn, a mother of three, chose a burger joint to have a life-or-death conversation with her adult children. Fihn, a palliative care nurse at SCCA, announced that the mealtime conversation would revolve around discussing her Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPOAHC). Which of her three grown children would be best suited to carry out Fihn’s choices about her medical care in the event that she was not able to articulate them herself? Her eldest quickly said he’d honor his mother’s wishes. Her middle child said she’d first need to consult doctors. Her youngest said “no way.” Fihn chose her eldest to be her DPOAHC, recounting the story at a session held at SCCA for providers.
In Uganda, nursing degrees focus on midwifery. The concept of an oncology nurse doesn’t really exist; there is little specialized training.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s Kathleen Shannon Dorcy and Arlyce Coumar want to change that.