Seeing a void in adequate care for rural families, Loretta Ford helped launch the country’s first nursing program specializing in pediatrics in the 1960s. She is considered to be the founder of the nursing movement. Nurses are constantly improving their expertise by sharing their professional skills and looking for ways to improve and expand the profession, especially for patients with lung cancer. They go against the current in navigating the medical system with skills to achieve individual, departmental, and organizational success in supporting patients with a new diagnosis or those receiving palliative radiation for a lung cancer diagnosis.
Beverly Smith, ANP-BC, NE-BC, is the Loretta Ford from NYU Langone Health. She has dedicated 40 years of her life to a wonderful nursing career here.
This trip has become like her family, one that has embraced, enhanced, and expanded her throughout her career. She has held many positions at NYU, currently serving as a nurse for lung cancer patients. She continuously fights for our clearly defined scope of care and greater professional and economic recognition in her care. Working with community partners as well as radiation and medical oncologists, Beverly has been able to help people and patients stay healthy and help patients with already chronic illnesses maintain their health and prevent further illnesses and disabilities where possible. She goes to great lengths to achieve this. It provides palliative and comfort care as well as resources for patients and families to maintain the best quality of life, and it helps with death and hospice care for people at the end of life.
What sets Beverly apart from other healthcare providers is her unique focus on caring, comforting, and viewing the patient as a whole. By focusing on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, Beverly guides patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices that can in turn improve the quality of their lives. Beverly shows the reflective practitioner who can improve her practice by devoting time each day to reflecting, reading, and writing about what she has experienced. By exchanging these experiences, potential for improvement can be generated through individual, departmental or organizational success support.
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