Nightingales Recognized for Nursing Excellence

Categories: Medical Center News, Partners in Caring
Rosalynn Bravo-Cavoli, BS, RN, MS, APRN, CPNP, AE-C
To be named a Nightingale Award recipient is to be recognized for excellence in nursing. Developed in 2001 in the New Haven area, the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program was created to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession. It has since grown to celebrate nursing across the state. Each year, deserving nurses from …

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Research Project Helps Kids After Cancer

Categories: Medical Center News
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the focus for the child and the family is naturally on the treatment—whether it will work, what it will entail. And until that treatment process is done, there’s not much reason to look beyond it. But once they get to the end of treatment, parents and kids have …

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Nursing Protocol Helps Sick Kids Sleep

Categories: Medical Center News
When a child needs to be in the hospital, he or she needs lots of rest. But that child also needs to be monitored regularly. And taking a child’s vital signs requires waking the child up. At Connecticut Children’s, the standard protocol is to check vital signs every four hours, around the clock. So no …

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Psychological Support for Pediatric Cancer Patients

Categories: Medical Center News
Behavioral Oncology
When facing a cancer diagnosis, patients need both excellent medical and psychological care. Connecticut Children’s now has full-time psychologists in its Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. Siddika Mulchan, Psy.D., and neuropsychologist Lauren Ayr-Volta, Ph.D., are specialists with both medical and psychological training. And they have a special emphasis in hematology and oncology. Dr. Mulchan …

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New Oncofertility Program Explores Patients’ Options

Categories: Medical Center News, Partners in Caring
Dr. Natasha Frederick, Oncofertility Story
Roger (not his real name) was 19 when he received an alarming diagnosis: He had Ewing’s sarcoma. To fight his cancer, he was going to need multiple rounds of very intense chemotherapy. As Connecticut Children’s oncologist Natasha Frederick, MD, MPH, MS, has explained to young adults like Roger, chemotherapy drugs must be potent to kill …

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