A 14-year nursing veteran at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has been recognized as March of Dimes’ Distinguished Nurse of the Year, earning the prestigious honor for her contributions to nursing in Washington State.
Terri Cunningham started her SCCA nursing career in 2002. She has developed a vast breadth of knowledge in clinical oncology in her career, which spans oncology practice as a research nurse at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Northwest Medical Center and most recently at SCCA. Cunningham has translated her nursing education to a lifetime of teaching to facilitate the best care of oncology patients in Washington, our region and in the world. In 2015, she traveled to Guam Memorial Hospital with the SCCA delegation to teach oncology-related classes to inpatient staff. She also spearheaded the work to open community sites of practice at Northwest and Evergreen, laying the groundwork for the model of care delivery, standards of practice and the operating policy and procedures. Cunningham is working with SCCA’s 19 network sites to identify topics for future educational offerings.
“To be recognized by your nursing peers who know what it takes to do the job as a nurse means so much,” said Cunningham. “It’s very humbling because it’s a group of nurses throughout the city that help decide the winner. The representation that it gives to this organization is really big because we have such an incredible mission at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.”
“Terri is an exquisite nurse exemplar of the 2016 March of Dimes Distinguished Nurse of the Year,” said Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, director of Clinical and Nursing Research, Education and Practice at SCCA. “She has had extraordinary influence in the state of Washington and beyond in setting the standards for the best care of oncology patients. She has dedicated years to nursing, teaching and translating research findings into clinical care practices. Terri stays at the front lines of science and care demands and works to promote the efficacy and productivity of all nurses with the best clinical practices.”
SCCA also nominated Shinu Cherian and Marian Richardson for the March of Dimes honor.
Cherian was nominated for the Advocacy for Patients award for her work with SCCA sickle cell patients.
Richardson was nominated in the Nursing Administration and Leadership category for her work at SCCA clinics located at Northwest Hospital and EvergreenHealth Medical Center.
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