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Nenita Cordora

 Nenita Cordora

(Left to right) Karen Grimley (CNO), Nenita Cordora (honoree), Holly Wicklas (Nurse Manager, DH 76/78)

Nenita Cordora - CN II, DH 76/78

In the nomination of Nenita Cordora, the following was written: 

Our oncology unit sees many patients at the end of their lives and we do everything we can to make their final moments on Earth as comfortable as possible. Our unit recognizes the importance of comfort and compassion and in conjunction with Greet The Day Massage training for all of our night shift staff, our patients all benefit. Nenita has taken this to heart. One of our patients had just received news the day before that she had two weeks left to live. Her family remained at the bedside wanting to spend as many minutes as they could with her. Nenita had just completed training on massage and decided to give it a try. This was the night of the big storm we recently had. Nenita is a very loving, compassionate person. She takes the time to offer kindness to her patients. She lives in their shoes and the patients and families seem to understand this is her nature. I woke up thinking my roof was going to blow off the house and could not go back to sleep; I was thinking about this patient. So, I called into the unit to ask about her. I didn't know that Nenita was the nurse caring for this patient that night, but it couldn't have been a better choice. I found out that the patient was resting comfortably and that she had been the recipient of one of Nenita's massages. After the massage, the patient was able to fall asleep for two hours. She had not been able to do that for a long time. I heard that the family wanted to learn about the techniques as well so that they could help when they brought her home. Other night shift nurses have also tried their hands at massage therapy with similar responses from their patients. I am so pleased to offer this entry and recognize one of my nurses. This story needed to be shared!

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