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