Adem Crosby Nursing Award
2016 winner Anita Cox (centre) with her colleagues from the Gold Coast University Hospital
Congratulations to this year’s winner – Anita Cox from the Gold Coast University Hospital.
This $5,000 award is open to any registered nurse currently caring for haematology/oncology patients in Queensland. Jointly supported by Team Adem and the Leukaemia Foundation, the award supports self-development and enhanced expertise in caring for blood cancer and other oncology patients.
Anita is the Youth Cancer and CNS Nurse Consultant at the Cancer and Blood Disorders clinic at the Gold Coast University Hospital and she is thrilled at the prospect of using the award to attend the 1st Global Youth Cancer Congress in Edinburgh this December.
“I am really looking forward to further extending my knowledge in caring for young people with cancer as well as networking with international experts and colleagues,” Anita said.
“Having a specialist interest in youth cancer care, I hope to gain new ideas for service development, particularly in the areas of fertility preservation and survivorship, which I feel are areas that could be enhanced to improve patient care.
Previous recipients of the award Cassandra Dickens and Elise Button brought back specialist knowledge and a valuable network of international contacts having respectively attended the 5th Emirates Haematology Conference and the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Annual Congress, Spain.
Adem Crosby was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in early 2011. Grateful for the support services provided by the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland whilst undergoing treatment, Adem wanted to do something to give back, so he and a team began fundraising for 2011′s World’s Greatest Shave. Over the next two years, Adem rallied an army of supporters on the Sunshine Coast known as Team Adem. Prior to his relapse and his passing on May 4, 2013, Adem had planned to study nursing to care for Haematology patients. His family would like this award to assist others in this field to enable Adem’s good work to continue. Read more about Team Adem».
The 2015 winner, Cassie writes about her experience.
Cassandra is a Clinical Nurse Consultant, Cancer Care Coordination, at the Nambour General Hospital on the Sunshine Coast. She is also currently studying a Masters of Cancer and Haematology Nursing. Cassandra used the award to enhance her clinical expertise, by attending the 5th Emirates Haematology Conference in Dubai. Within the conference was a nursing care workshop, which used evidence-based guidelines to discuss the gold standard of nursing care that should be provided to haematology/oncology patients. Read more about Cassandra’s experience at the conference».