With the new year just around the corner, there’s a lot of chatter about making New Year’s resolutions. Personally, resolutions just for an occasion aren’t really my thing.
I prefer to resolve to live every day for what you are given. So, I live to be a better person, friend, and nurse on a daily basis.
And I don’t need to plan a one-time resolution to do those things every day. I do, however, have faith and always hope for better things to come.
Here’s a New Year countdown of my top 5 hopes for the future of pediatric cancer care in 2016.
Hope #5: For Research: Continued Advancement And Discovery
In terms of cancer discovery and continued advancements in research, I am hoping for new treatments that have minimal side effects and fewer long-term complications.
There are exciting new therapies out there on the horizon for the pediatric oncology world. We run a lot of clinical trials, which can be very helpful. I would love to see advancements for therapies come about from those trials and research programs.
Of course, my first hope is for a cure for all the different cancers in the world. Until then, I hope we can find new therapies that let children come in, get the treatment they need, and just leave here all better—free of any side effects.
Hope #4: For The Hospital: Less Time Between Theory And Practice
I hope I can see years become months when it comes to cancer research.
What I mean by this is that there have been a lot of yields for cancer research. However, there’s a bit of lag time before we’re actually allowed to put research into practice at hospitals.
There is even more time and testing for pediatric cancers, so I would really look forward to seeing all of the new treatment options made available in the new year.
Hope #3: For People I Work With: Continued Growth And Development
For all of us here at Children’s, I hope for continued growth in each and every aspect of our lives. I hope for personal growth and for continued development in our skills, careers, teams, and outcomes.
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha offers different specialized pediatric training programs for its staff. The talented and caring people I work with are continuously taking classes, seeking higher education, and learning new ways to help our young patients.
There is also some exciting growth in our work families, with some team members expecting babies and others getting married. I pray for new blessings and the safe arrival of their little ones.
Hope #2: For Our Patient’s Families: Inner Peace And Strength
I see how selflessly families take on the care of their children battling cancer. I hope the new year brings peace and the strength to keep moving forward.
I would like nothing more than to see the worry lift from these parents’ shoulders. And I hope I can help ease their stress and burden.
Hope #1: For Patients: Better Health And Happiness
Most of all, I am hoping this year brings my patients better health. I am hopeful that all of the advancements that have been made with new therapies and treatments will mean better overall outcomes for pediatric cancers.
I hope my patients will be in remission—stay in remission—and walk out of our hospital to lead healthy, happy lives.
The Power Of Hope
Remember, hope is a powerful thing. This list helps me keep a positive outlook on the day to day while working toward a larger goal of seeing my hopes for better pediatric cancer care come to life.
Take a moment to think about something you hope for the future. Then, think about all the little things that need to come together to make that hope come alive.
We often don’t have control over all of those elements. However, we can pick the things within our control and work toward achieving them—one day at a time, year after year, no time limits or resolutions required.