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VITALS MEET A MEMBER
Focusing on
the journey
For this pediatric nurse,
it's all about the patients
and maintaining a positive
environment.
BY GRANT HEIMAN
Ally Monckton
administers
chemotherapy
to a patient.
ALLY MONCKTON, a
nurse in the Hematology/
Oncology Department at East
Tennessee Children's Hospital
in Knoxville, shares her
favorite parts of the job.
SEEING THE PATIENTS
THROUGH: My whole career
has focused on helping
patients who have a long
road ahead, first in the NICU
and now in the Hematology/
Oncology Department. We go
on this journey with them,
and I want to be able to follow
them through their whole
story, helping them on the
worst days and seeing them to
the end on their best days.
NOTHING LIKE IT: I've been
at East Tennessee Children's
Hospital since 2016, and I've
loved my entire experience
here. Everyone keeps things
fun and positive since we are a
children's hospital, you know,
so there's just a different vibe
when you walk in the door.
KEEPING PLAY AT THE
CENTER OF WORK: Working
with these kids, we get to
sing, we have dance parties,
and we just keep things as
happy as possible. Sometimes
accessing a child's port can
be anxiety-inducing for them,
so we will have a dance party
with their favorite song to
get them through the entire
process. We also have this
cool car set with a racetrack,
and they can play with
anything that can just kind of
distract them and help them
feel like a kid again. Our floor
is one big circle, so the kids
will ride tricycles around the
floor and in the halls, either
parents pushing them or on
their own. The kids really
seem to enjoy it and it gets
them some exercise, so it's a
win-win.
KIDS ARE INSPIRING: Our
patients are so resilient; they
just bounce back. They'll have
one bad day where they maybe
had to get a lot of medication
or blood products, and then
the next time we see them,
they just come bouncing
through the door and they're
ready to take on the day. The
best days are when we have
" off-therapy parties; " when
they're done with treatment,
we love to be able to do that
and celebrate. Thankfully, all
the good days outweigh the
bad ones.
FINDING MOTIVATION: When
there are tough days, it's
important to remember we are
doing everything we possibly
can to get this child through
what they're going through.
I've got two kids of my own at
home, and it's on the tough
days that I give them extra
tight hugs and lots of love.
Know someone we should
meet? Email magazine
@childrenshospitals.org.
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Photo: Neil Crosby, East Tennessee Children's Hospital

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