Sedney Pabon, right, receives congratulations and a hug from Gerry Hardy on winning the Susan G. Hardy Caring at the End of Life Award during the Excellence in Caring & Practice Awards.
The terminally ill oncology patient had one last request, “to be discharged as soon as possible and without a hospital bed in order for him and his wife to have one more night together in their bed.”
Sedney Pabon, RN, BSN, OCN, helped fulfill the request, which allowed the patient to share one last night with his wife before dying peacefully in his own bed surrounded by loved ones.
The effort resulted in Pabon, an oncology nurse on 5 Main at York Hospital, recently receiving the Sharon G. Hardy Caring at the End of Life Award during the Excellence in Caring & Practice Awards.
One of Pabon’s colleagues submitted the nomination, which resulted in this year’s award.
“Sedney is truly dedicated to the profession of nursing and will go out of her way to provide empathetic, quality nursing care,” the oncology nurse wrote in the nomination letter for Pabon.
She was nominated for the award because of the care provided to the 44-year-old renal cell carcinoma patient.
For Pabon, the experience with the patient and his family was profound.
“My role in that situation was to make sure the time he had remaining was filled with dignity and quality,” Pabon said. “I was adamant about the patient not being in pain and to have his wishes honored.”
The oncology patient was admitted to York Hospital after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment in Baltimore. He planned to briefly stay in York Hospital before being transported for additional treatment in Philadelphia.
Before coming to York Hospital, an oncologist in Baltimore informed the patient and his family that no other treatment options would help.
At the request of the family, Pabon arranged for an oncologist to review the case and offer a second opinion. The prognosis, however, was unchanged.
“The family struggled with his condition and was not in acceptance at first. But through it all, I stayed consistent as one of the patient’s primary nurses,” Pabon said. “It was an honor as an oncology nurse to share that intimate time with them.”
The bonding experience with patients and their families are among the reasons Pabon has been a nurse for 10 years.
“It is so gratifying and rewarding to know that you make a real difference,” Pabon said.
“The essence of being a nurse is being with people and making the best of all the moments they have left to live.”
The award is named in memory of Sharon G. Hardy, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2006 at the age of 57.