On May 12 we celebrate International Nurses Day, honoring the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Often the first and last person patients see, nurses are the heart of the healthcare system. With over 3 million working nurses in the United States, nurses make up the highest percentage of the US healthcare workforce.
Catalyst joins the celebration to show nurses the appreciation they deserve, now more than ever, as their spirit and strength remain resilient in the face of adversity during the coronavirus pandemic. Today we shine the spotlight on our very own Sue Albert, Executive Director of Oncology Drug Development, and registered nurse. “Nursing is at the core of my identity. It is the center of everything that I contribute at Catalyst,” said Sue.
Sue credits nursing as the backbone of her training as well as a shaping factor in her clinical research career. Although she left bedside nursing for a career in clinical research, Sue felt compelled to return to her nursing roots when the pandemic struck. After responding to an advertisement for healthcare volunteers in her hometown, Sue signed up to administer the COVID-19 vaccine and has been volunteering at Bristol Hospital in Connecticut on Friday afternoons every week since March.
“I feel fortunate to work for a company that has allowed me this opportunity to give back. The experience has been highly rewarding, and I have met fantastic people dedicated to making a difference,” said Sue. “Once a nurse, always a nurse!”
On Nurses Day and every day, we celebrate and thank those who selflessly dedicate their careers to bettering the lives of those in need.