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Thursday April 23rd, 2015

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Rita Di Biase has won the 2015 RNAO Windsor-Essex Lois A. Fairley Nursing Award.

Di Biase is a Registered Nurse in the Cancer Program at Windsor Regional Hospital. She is a 1981 graduate of St. Clair College, she went on to earn her Bachelors of Nursing from the University of Windsor. She received her Masters of Nursing from Wayne State University, is board certified as a Nurse Practitioner in both Canada and the US and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is also a Certified Hospice Palliative Care Nurse in Canada. Rita joined the Cancer Program in 2010 at Windsor Regional Hospital and is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner. Rita has been nursing at IODE, VON, CCAC and the Karmanos Cancer Centre in Michigan.

The nominations for Rita describe her as a nurse who combines a heart for her patients and a passion for her profession. Cancer patients face one of the most intense and fearful times of life as they move from a diagnosis into their unique journey battling the disease. “Rita brings an attitude of reassurance, comfort and encouragement in each case. Her professional knowledge and experience, combined with her people skills have made her a trusted support for patients and their families.”

Kind, hard-working, humble, knowledgeable, positive, caring, a great sense of humour, are just some of the many words used about this dedicated nurse. Her ability to listen to the fears and concerns of patients display a professional who is concerned about the wellness of the whole person not just treating the illness. Rita is also known as a patient advocate who helps people understand and navigate the assessment and treatment process.

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