Congratulations, Allison Franco, March of Dimes Pediatrics Nurse of the Year!

What is a nurse? Nurses are professionals in the health care field who combine the fine art of caring with scientific skills and knowledge. Allison Franco, R.N., B.S.N., coordinator of the OHSU Doernbecher Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation program, embodies this and much more.

Allison is a very skilled and knowledgeable in her role as transplant coordinator. She collaborates with multiple departments and people on a daily basis, including families, patients and outside providers.

Her communication skills are amazing, not only as a communicator but as a listener. She is compassionate and serves as the ultimate patient advocate. She understands her patients and families concerns, wishes and feelings and serves this population using a team approach, working with other team members to address their issues.

Outside of the hospital she goes above and beyond by volunteering her time to raise money on behalf of the Bone Marrow Transplant program and to help raise awareness.

Allison is an extraordinary person who epitomizes nursing at its best, and she does it with such grace and generosity. For these reasons and many more I was compelled to nominate her for nurse of the year. It goes without saying that her nomination and her award as Pediatric Nurse of the Year for the March of Dimes are well-deserved

More about Allison …

Allison graduated from the OHSU School of Nursing and started her career at OHSU Doernbecher on the pediatric hematology oncology inpatient unit in 1999. In 2002 she left OHSU Doernbecher to become the Bone Marrow Transplant program coordinator at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and was there for six years. In 2008 she returned to Oregon and took a position in the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant program, and within six months transitioned to her current role as Pediatric BMT coordinator.

Thank you, Allison, for all you do.

Rae Acosta, R.N., C.P.O.N
Research Nurse Coordinator
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

* ** Editor’s Note: Nearly 400 nurses from around the state were nominated for March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards. Sixteen were selected and recognized at the annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards breakfast Nov. 2, presented by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). For a complete list this year’s winners, click here.

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