Sebastian Sancho seemed perfectly healthy when he was born in the spring of 2012. Within two months, however, he was diagnosed with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), a rare and serious genetic disorder that left his immune system unable to fight infection. His only hope for a cure was a stem cell transplant.
In this week's Spotlight, Kristen Ammon, MSN, RN, NE-BC, discusses her current responsibilities as nurse manager for the 5200 Unit and offers her perspectives on the biggest challenges and opportunities in nursing. She also talks about what she enjoys most about her work and offers some valuable advice for aspiring nurses.
This week’s Faculty Spotlight shines on Timothy Driscoll, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Transplant and Cellular Therapy. Driscoll talks to us about how he became interested in medicine as early as elementary school and how he became interested in pediatric transplant and cellular therapy in particular. He also shares his reflections on the biggest current challenges and opportunities in the field and his work outside of Duke with medical missions to the impoverished people of Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Marybeth Tetlow, a clinical nurse on the Duke Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit, provides an excellent example of Duke Nursing ingenuity.
In a recent study, Duke researchers tested whether a single infusion of a unit of a child’s own or donor cord blood could improve social communication skills in children between the ages of 2-7 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.