Nurse Helps Educate and Heal Her Patients was last modified: August 24th, 2015 by
Valerie Rigby, RN has been in the nursing field for more than 22 years. She started as a nurse in England, and eventually moved to the United States. While in England, Val helped develop one of the first pain and palliative care programs aimed at helping families learn more about a diagnosis and treatment plan, as well as arranging home care for them. After Valerie and her family moved to the U.S., she began working at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPOnt Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and fell in love with pediatric oncology nursing. She loves getting to know her patients and helping them through the difficulties of dealing with cancer. Val believes that continued education is essential to advancing care for children with cancer, and often refers her patients and their families to the CureSearch website for educational resources. She even helped write a booklet about radiotherapy so that children undergoing radiation treatment and their parents know what to expect. Throughout her years as a nurse, Valerie has seen many advances, but believes that education is the greatest tool that she can provide to her patients and their families. She believes that when a medical team can offer this, the families are better equipped to deal with a diagnosis and treatment. To learn more about the educational resources that CureSearch provides, visit curesearch.org/Understanding-Childrens-Cancer.