Safety and Low Blood Counts

Posted July 22nd, 2019

Your blood is made up of many components including red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. These cells help your body function normally. Cancer and its treatments can affect the components of your blood and can cause potentially unsafe changes to the different cells in your blood. In this blog we will talk about […]


Safety and Hospice Care

Posted July 11th, 2019

Hospice is a unique service for patients who have chosen to no longer receive treatment to actively treat their disease. This does not mean they are no longer receiving any medical services. Hospice health care providers will help manage side effects affecting you through the use of medications and other modalities. Hospice providers will help […]


Safety Series

Posted July 1st, 2019

We all know it is important to act safely to protect ourselves and those around us. There are guidelines and policies in our lives that we follow to ensure this safety. What we may take for granted are the everyday events that, with a little more attention and care, can decrease the potential for harm. […]


Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

The Survival List

Posted June 13th, 2019

Each patient’s survival story is different. A diagnosis of cancer can quickly consume your life. Between appointments with your providers, imaging tests, treatments, calling your insurance company, trying to figure out employment and financial issues, cancer can easily take up most of your days, weeks and months. I walked this journey with my aunt all […]


Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Lessons Learned from the Bedside

Posted May 23rd, 2019

When I was getting ready to graduate from nursing school I had applied for a few different positions, all on medical/surgical floors. A professor I admired told me if you start your career working on this type of unit, you are setting yourself up to go anywhere in nursing. I got a call to interview […]


Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Some Experiences You Will Never Forget

Posted May 10th, 2019

One of my last days working on the floor, about 5 minutes before change of shift, an emergency bell sounded. Staff moved quickly towards the room knowing that the staff was respectful of what the bell was signaling: someone really needed help. Upon entering the room and quickly assessing what was going on, everyone went […]


Dear Caregivers, We See You and We Thank You.

Posted November 16th, 2018

Caregivers are everywhere. They are taking care of the sick, the elderly, their family members, loved ones, neighbors…the list could go on and on. They work a sometimes thankless job and are not always recognized for all that they do. Despite this, they keep doing what they have to do to provide the best care […]


Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Do I need to protect my skin in the cold?

Posted October 29th, 2018

Of course! Often, when we talk about skin care, we focus on the summer months and protecting ourselves from the sun. It is important to keep in mind that not only is sunscreen essential year round, but we must also protect our skin from the cold weather elements. In the winter, the humidity level is […]


Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

It Was An Honor and a Privilege

Posted October 3rd, 2018

During my years as a nurse working on the floor I took care of countless patients. I saw patients when they were first diagnosed and unsure of what was going to happen, patients who knew the end of their lives was approaching, and those in between. I was part of some life changing moments for […]


Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

The Choice To Stop Treatment Is Not An Easy One

Posted August 27th, 2018

Over the past few weeks the world has experienced news stories about well known  people deciding to stop treatment for their cancer. For some cancer patients it gets to a point in their journey where choosing more treatment might help them live longer, but it might not give them the quality of life they are […]