The Catalyst

Oncology nurse wins award

The December DAISY (disease attacking the immune system) award winner is Stephanie Greiner, R.N., who works in the Hollings Cancer Center. Greiner was nominated by Tess Morris also of HCC.

Below is her nomination:

“Stephanie works hard to coordinate chemotherapy and radiation therapy for her head and neck cancer patients.  The standard of care is for treatment at the same time. Many times Stephanie is contacted at the last minute that radiation therapy is ready to start.  We now have new financial processes that require chemotherapy orders be submitted two days before treatment begins to allow time for financial pre-certification, making the process even more challenging.  One Monday, Stephanie was concerned because she had not been notified of the start date of one of her pending patients and later learned that the patient was scheduled to start the next day.  When the patient found out he wasn’t scheduled for chemo he was quite angry. Being very pro-active, Stephanie got Dr. O’Brien to write chemotherapy orders right away and she took them to the financial team and explained that she needed a rush precertification.  Stephanie then called and made appointments for labs and chemo. Unfortunately she came across some people’s disapprovals because she was breaking some rules. Once she got the financial approval and chair time she personally called the service line director to verify that it was OK to treat despite the fact that the orders were not on time.  The patient got their chemo and radiation the next day as scheduled thanks to Stephanie’s persistence. She truly is a patient advocate and changing what’s possible.”

Each month, MUSC nurses are honored with the DAISY Award. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program recognizing the efforts that nurses contribute daily to their jobs. To nominate a nurse, visit www.musc.edu/medcenter/formsToolbox/DaisyAward/form.htm.

January 10, 2014
 
 
 

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