Doing What She Loves

Marsha Richardson has worked hard to be where she is today. Her credentials say it all: She is a registered nurse; holds two master’s degrees, Nursing Education and Clinical Nurse Specialist; and is an oncology-certified nurse and certified breast cancer navigator. She encourages Parrish Medical Center (PMC) oncology nurses to become certified by individually mentoring them. With Richardson’s professional help, PMC has earned The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Gold Seal for breast health. She has also implemented quality improvements that resulted in dramatic reductions in the time that a woman waits between screening mammography, diagnostic mammography and a definitive diagnosis.

 

Richardson serves on the Brevard County board of directors for the American Cancer Society. She has obtained more than $75,000 in grants from Susan G. Komen for the Cure to provide care for underinsured and uninsured women in the community.

 

She has been an oncology nurse for more than 24 years, the last five of which have been at PMC.

 

What inspires her? “As an oncology nurse, we can affect—and perhaps even change—people’s lives,” she says. “But sometime it’s the patient that changes ours. I need only go to work to be inspired by the attitudes, strength and perseverance that my patients show every day. The patients are amazing and gracious, and I am so very fortunate to be involved in their care.”

 

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