Company: The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Location: Sugar Land, Texas, United States
Annette Bisanz, Nurse at The University of Texas (U.T.) M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the nursing profession.
Throughout her career, Ms. Bisanz has been blessed and inspired by the patients she has cared for. As a student, she earned a diploma in nursing from Borgess School of Nursing in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Marquette University in 1966. She started her career as a staff nurse in Sri Lanka, where she worked for a year aboard the Hospital Ship HOPE before returning to the United States. Afterward, she took a job as a supervisor for the Lansing Visiting Nurses Association in Michigan, where she worked from 1969 to 1979. In 1972, Ms. Bisanz earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan, and in 1979 she became the Director of Education and Training at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. In 1983, she started as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Discharge Planning for the U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In 1996, she rose to the rank of a case manager for the Center. In 1999, she became the Clinical Practice Coordinator, and in 2002, she became the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Bowel Management.
During her tenure at M.D. Anderson, Ms. Bisanz was chairman of the Hospital Ethics Committee for two years and an adjuvant ethicist for 12 years. She continued her career at the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, working as a clinical nurse specialist until 2012. She was recognized for her excellence with several awards, including the Honoree for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Nursing Practice award from the Texas Nurses Association in 1993, the Ethel Fleming Arceneaux Outstanding Nurse Oncology Award from the Brown Foundation in 1995, and the Ethics Career Development Award from the Oncology Nursing Foundation in 1996. She also received the honor of Staff Educator of the Year in 2006. Ms. Bisanz has contributed multiple articles to professional journals and chapters to various books, and was a member of the Oncology Nursing Society until retirement. As a testament to her success, she was featured in the 71st edition of Who’s Who in America.
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