Oct. 12, 2015 (Greenwich, CT) – Greenwich Hospital today announced the expansion of the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Development Program that helps train undergraduate nursing students to include the oncology nursing staff at Greenwich Hospital.
Stamford resident Frederick C. Flynn, Jr. created the program in 2014, in his wife’s memory and out of gratitude for the care provided by Palliative Care director Donna Coletti, MD. The program involved a fellowship which provided aspiring undergraduate nurses with a comprehensive clinical exposure to oncology nursing and expert training in compassionate care.
The expanded program will now support the professional training and development of Greenwich Hospital’s oncology nursing staff. Planned program elements include financially sponsoring advanced education certifications, memberships in key professional organizations (e.g. Oncology Nursing Society), attendance at leading industry conferences, and various technical and professional skills training.
“A key to the success of our fellowship program at Greenwich Hospital is the valuable mentoring provided by the enthusiastic preceptors and highly skilled nursing staff. As a result, I am expanding my development program to include the hospital’s oncology nursing staff,” said Flynn.
To date five “rising seniors” from Fairfield University and Boston College have completed the nursing fellowship program at Greenwich Hospital. Both of the inaugural students, who graduated college this May, have already landed oncology nursing jobs at leading cancer hospitals.
Maria Marini, program director of Oncology, said “Through the generous expansion of the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Development Program, professional nurses at Greenwich Hospital will be able to enhance their oncology knowledge base and scope of expertise.”