Nurses are the glue that hold it altogether

October 16, 2020
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“Nurses are the glue that holds it altogether. We are the doers, the hand-holders, the shoulders and the carers,” says Abby Fyfe, 2020 recipient of Arrow’s Trace Richey Scholarship.

Arrow Director, Neil Pennock couldn’t agree more.

“The nurses made such a difference to Trace’s time in the hospital,” said Neil.

Neil introduced the Trace Richey Nursing Scholarships in memory of his partner, Trace Richey who was diagnosed with MDS and a year later, aged just 50, died of acute graft vs host disease, following a bone marrow transplant.

“They [the nurses]made a HUGE difference to his last few months. It takes a really special person to work in the field of haematology oncology, so this is our thanks to them.”

The Trace Richey Scholarship is awarded to those studying for the Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing offered through the University of Sydney.

“My involvement around bone marrow transplantation is the education of patients regarding the procedure, side effects and potential benefits,” said Abby.

“As we don’t perform transplants at Macquarie University Hospital, my role is to liaise with the transplant unit to handover the patient and ensure a smooth transition. This opportunity will further my knowledge and skills which will in turn enhance the care of my patients.”

“I think Arrow is an amazing foundation which is not only providing patients and carers with support and information, but also funds for medical research. And now, they have provided me with this opportunity to further my knowledge and skills which will in turn enhance the care of my patients.”

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