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Anissa Lambert, Infusion nurse and sickle cell nurse coordinator, Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic

Anissa Lambert always felt drawn to teaching and helping people. She discovered that she could do both as a nurse.

Anissa originally wanted to be a teacher and earned a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. She returned to school for a BS in Nursing from Norfolk State University’s second-degree program for non-nursing degree holders. Her mother had been a licensed practical nurse and nursing was something Anissa was drawn to.

After a pediatric rotation at CHKD, she knew this was where she wanted to be. "The people are so upbeat, welcoming and helpful," she says. She started on the inpatient hematology/oncology unit, and is now an infusion nurse and sickle cell nurse coordinator in the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic. Recently, Anissa began work on CHKD's TWITCH study project.

"For kids who are on transfusions for more than a year, we are trying to switch from transfusions to treatment with Hydroxyurea" she says. "We are trying to lesson the number of hospitalizations and to limit the organ damage as much as possible."

Anissa is grateful for the courage and strength she gets from the parents and patients she sees on a regular basis, fighting blood diseases and battling cancer. "They are so strong.

"It really is a privilege to take care of them," she says. "The healthy and the sick."

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