Good news/bad news: Doctor cycles for nurse, nurses in contact with toxic cancer drugs
There’s good news and there’s bad news. Which do you want first? Here’s what happened this week in news for nurses.
A retired physician in Albany, N.Y. is taking a cross-country bike ride to raise money for his former nurse, who is in the final stages of lung cancer. Dr. David Krischer worked with nurse Anita Mullaney at Community Care Physicians in Delmar, N.Y., a suburb of Albany. Donors donated by the mile, and Krischer said if he completes his planned route from Rockport, Mass. to Astoria, Ore. – about 3500 miles – he will raise $35 per donor for Mullaney and her family.
A new study by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that 17 percent of nurses who work at outpatient chemotherapy infusion centers are exposed to toxic cancer drugs. Exposure to the drugs can lead to damage to the nervous and reproductive systems. Researchers also found that exposure risk is minimized at facilities with more resources that have more than one nurse on duty.