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Heart of Healthcare

Cancer doesn’t discriminate. How one nurse found her calling in caring and advocating for those battling cancer and encourages everyone to be proactive about their health.

“Cancer doesn’t discriminate,” Alli Romolino Scheumann ’08 explained. She’s an oncology nurse practitioner and has spent most of her professional life getting to know and help people through one of the hardest things life can throw at them. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Alli explained how glad she is to see more women being proactive about and advocating for their health.

She’s spent most of her nursing career working in Oncology, falling in love with the field despite the heartbreak that sometimes comes with it. “There is always something new to learn and discover about yourself and your patients. You get to meet people from all walks of life…Oncology nursing is academically and mentally challenging, but well worth the effort as you get to meet, support, and change people’s lives.”

Finding her way to nursing after Carondelet, Alli started as an inpatient surgical nurse on an oncology floor as part of a residency program for new grads after graduating from the University of Portland. “I had no idea what I was getting into, but I was intrigued and excited to work with patients.”

While there, she saw firsthand the strength her patients have. “Cancer patients are incredible, strong, and resilient. I love the patient care side because you get to know your patients and their families very intimately. You get to know them on a deeply personal level, and it is such an honor for them to share their life with us, nurses.”


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