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Chrissy Wilson

Class of 2001

Major: Nursing

Chrissy (Quinn ’01) Wilson always knew she wanted to be a nurse. The youngest of eight children, with older siblings who attended Franciscan University, the choice for a nursing program was also obvious. Knowing it was a big commitment to enter Franciscan’s Nursing Program, Chrissy accepted the challenge and now appreciates the professional quality of the training she received.

A nurse who works in pediatric hematology/oncology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Chrissy is greeted daily by children and families in pain who need excellent medical care.

“It is difficult to walk into the room where the family and patient have just received devastating news of a diagnosis and see the palpable pain on their faces. It is critical to provide the proper information on the diagnosis while supporting the patient and family with hope and love,” she says.At Franciscan, Chrissy learned proper protocol, procedures, excellent medicine, and much more.

“We learned that it was important to treat not just the medical condition, but the whole person—mentally, emotionally, and spiritually,” Chrissy says. “To ensure the greatest outcome, healthcare needs to be focused on the whole person.”

One six-year-old former patient and her mother emphatically agree. In response to a call for essays on excellence in care for cancer patients, the mom wrote wonderful affirmations of Chrissy abilities as a nurse. She shared how Chrissy’s professional ways and “spirit of hope and encouragement” allowed her to be strong for her daughter. She wrote: “It was very difficult to be down with this young, effervescing nurse around, and she made every effort to make sure my daughter was cared for both physically and emotionally….Chrissy embodies all that an oncology nurse should be…because she reminded us both that there is life outside of cancer.”

On the strength of the essay, Chrissy won the Cure Magazine Extraordinary Healer Award for 2009.

“I feel so grateful and honored to receive this award. It was gratifying being reunited with my previous patient and family to see how well they are doing. I am so moved by the essay, which has given me ultimate affirmation of my nursing career.”


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