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doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000294676.03230.9c
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‘Simone's OncOpinion’ on “The Making of an Oncologist— The Chicago Cubs Factor” (July 25 Issue)

Mayer, Deborah K. RN, MSN, AOCN, FAAN

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Program Manager Center on Child and Family Outcomes Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies Tufts-New England Medical Center Assistant Professor Tufts School of Medicine, Boston

I read Joe Simone's column regularly and enjoy it immensely. The column about The Making of an Oncologist was evocative about how serendipity brought me to oncology.

As a new staff nurse in obstetrics, I was tired of shift work and heard that a medical oncologist needed a chemotherapy nurse (in 1975).

Richard Smalley, MD, had just returned from a sabbatical at M. D. Anderson and hired me—as a 22-year-old, I was thrilled with the idea of a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job as a nurse!

Needless to say (and 30 years later), that job led to my career in oncology nursing, which was never a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job.

Thanks for bringing back those memories.

Deborah K. Mayer, RN, MSN, AOCN, FAAN

Program Manager Center on Child and Family Outcomes Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies Tufts-New England Medical Center Assistant Professor Tufts School of Medicine, Boston

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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