In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and our upcoming Bon Secours Colon Cancer 5K run/walk, we decided to interview a member of our community who demonstrates a commitment (above and beyond) to the treatment of digestive diseases. Nancy Schlossberg is Nurse Manger of the Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View Endoscopy Center. Her passion is endoscopy, and she recently took some time of her busy schedule to sit down and answer a few of our questions:
BS: How did you get into endoscopy?
Nancy: In my first job after nursing school, I worked in outpatient medical specialty clinics, including gastroenterology and endoscopy areas. I just happened to be at the right time and place to grow up with a nursing specialty that was in its infancy at that time. GI/Endoscopy nursing combines the unique opportunity to teach patients and families about digestive disorders and actually assist with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that directly visualize the the lining of the GI tract. I loved it!
BS: What’s the best part of working in the Harbour View Endoscopy Center?
Nancy: The collegiality between physicians, nurses, techs and administrative staff translates into the excellent patient care we provide. The staff is flexible and improves processes in order to continually demonstrate its commitment to providing excellent care to patients having endoscopic and non-endoscopic procedures in our facility.
BS: Why do you think people are so afraid of getting their colonoscopies?
Nancy: Fear of many unknowns. “What if they find something?” “It hurts!” “It’s too embarrassing!” “The prep is terrible.” – Things like that.
BS: What’s one thing every one should do to improve their digestive health?
Nancy: Know your family history when it comes to colorectal cancer. Then talk to your physician about age-appropriate screening! If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for someone who loves you. Colorectal cancer is preventable, beatable, and treatable.
BS: Will we see you at the Bon Secours Colon Cancer 5K on March 27th?