Earlier this year, the Upper Eastern Shore Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society (UESONS) presented its Commitment to Caring Award to Elmer Parkerson, volunteer for the Requard Radiation Oncology Center at Shore Regional Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. This award was created by UESONS to recognize an individual who is not necessarily a nurse or a member of the chapter but who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to caring for patients with cancer.
Recipients of the Commitment to Caring Award have demonstrated exemplary care for cancer patients, recognize the impact of cancer across the community, and advocate for individuals, groups and community residents. The candidate must balance advocacy and support with self growth while fostering independence for patients and their families.
Parkerson was nominated by a member of UESONS, who acknowledged his “dedication to providing service above and beyond for the oncology patients in the Mid-Shore area. Elmer provides a compassionate approach in assisting patients at Shore Regional Cancer Center. He makes each patient feel welcomed and does his best to see to their comfort while awaiting their treatment. He goes above and beyond in assisting the staff in providing a friendly and calm environment.”
Parkerson volunteers weekly at the Requard Radiation Oncology Center in Easton and often fills in for others when needed. Parkerson is also the volunteer coordinator for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program for Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties. The UESONS member who nominated him added, “Elmer spends countless hours coordinating volunteer drivers for patients who may not otherwise have access to treatment. He is very dedicated to this job and makes every effort to get patients to and from treatment and always gives recognition to those volunteers who drive, acknowledging that they are the ones who give of their time and resources.”
As a retired state policeman, Parkerson is familiar with the concept of serving the community. The patients and staff of the Requard Radiation Oncology Center and the patients and families of the Mid-Shore area are fortunate that he continues this commitment to service.
Speaking on behalf of UESONS, past president Robin Ford, RN, said, “Elmer embodies the concept of our Commitment to Caring Award and we are delighted to recognize him for his outstanding service, generosity of time and compassionate care of people undergoing cancer treatment. We are blessed to have Elmer as part of our team.”
In photo: Robin Ford MS, RN, OCN, Past President of the Upper Eastern Shore Chapter of the Oncology Nurses Association, left, and Susan Breeding RN, OCN, President of the UESONS, right, present Elmer Parkerson with the 2012 Commitment to Caring award.