|Monica Del Rosso, RN, BSN, OCN and Dan Testa
I first met Monica Del Rosso in early September 2011. My brother Larry had just undergone cancer surgery on his left lung, his second operation in three months.
Monica was Larry’s nurse his first day in the oncology ward. As soon as I met her, I knew there was something special about her. She knew Larry’s history of two operations in three months, so her attentiveness to his needs was outstanding. I have never met a more caring, dedicated nurse than Monica. What impressed me even more was that she would arrive early to discuss Larry’s status and leave late to make sure that the new day nurse was aware of any changes in his condition.
Larry was admitted to the hospital two additional times after his operation, in September and again in late November. During both stays, Monica remained true to form, going way beyond the call of duty. Not only was she caring and accommodating to Larry, she also treated our family and friends with the highest level of comfort and support.
Larry’s final visit to Orange Regional Medical Center was on December 14. At the time, we didn’t realize it would be his last. Over the next six weeks, until my brother’s passing on January 26, Monica was an angel. The level of care she provided Larry and the support she gave us during this difficult time was extraordinary.
Larry’s final day was extremely difficult. Monica had arrived early for her 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. shift. She knew his time was limited, so she spent most of her day with Larry, while providing comfort, love and support to our family. At 7 p.m., she remained with Larry and our family until he passed, at 9 p.m. But Monica’s day wasn’t over yet. She comforted us until we departed at 10 p.m., and then waited an additional hour for the funeral home to take Larry, as we requested. After that, Monica had to complete her paperwork before leaving the hospital around 1 a.m., knowing full well that her new day would start in six hours. You just don’t find people that caring and considerate. Clearly, it was an extraordinary act of kindness and love.
Monica and our family have stayed connected and we feel blessed that she remains a part of our lived. Larry truly loved her, so he did something very special. Larry donated $1 million to the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation. In a letter to the president of the foundation, he wrote about the special care he was receiving from the entire nursing staff, especially Monica, and the extraordinary care and support she provided to all of us. I have never met a more caring, dedicated nurse than Monica. What impressed me even more was that she would arrive early to discuss Larry’s status and leave late to make sure that the new duty nurse was aware of any changes in his condition.