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Oncology nurse’s recognition highlights the value of Mount Sinai’s nurses

 Donalda MacDonald
Donalda MacDonald

Her hope was to be a surgical nurse upon graduation in 1975, but when she was offered a one-year nursing contract in oncology at Mount Sinai Hospital, it was an offer she couldn’t refuse.

Donalda MacDonald never became a surgical nurse, but 33 years later, she is still at the Hospital, and has recently received the Centennial ‘100 in 100’ Award from the Canadian Nurses Association.

“It’s a great honour to be recognized by my colleagues and Canadian leaders of oncology nursing,” says MacDonald, a Primary Care Nurse in the Ambulatory Oncology Clinic, which cares for cancer patients and their families. “I love teaching and sharing my passion for oncology with new nurses to demonstrate how rewarding their career can become.”

Some of the major accomplishments MacDonald is recognized for include being a leader on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology for four years, and developing a six-day program, now in its seventh year, to give nurses an introduction to cancer nursing.

“Mount Sinai nurses are consistently dedicated to improving patient care and advancing specialized training, which truly demonstrates how valuable our nurses are to leading innovative and quality care,” says Leslie Vincent, Senior Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive at Mount Sinai. “I’ve known Donalda for many years, and I’m so pleased to see nursing work honoured with this award.”

“Helping people to live a normal life again after being sick keeps the oncology nurses going,” says MacDonald. “My career as a nurse continues to be an amazing and gratifying experience.”