Eileen Konieczny, RN
Eileen Konieczny has over 20 years of nursing experience specializing in oncology. As a healthcare provider, Eileen has witnessed her patients struggle with a host of side effects associated with their treatment protocols which “greatly reduce their quality of life”. Her hospital nursing career runs the gamut, high-dose chemotherapy with peripheral stem cell and/or bone marrow transplant rescue, palliative chemotherapy regimens, comfort care, research as well as over-night House Supervisor of a 68-bed acute care hospital.
As a family member, early on in her adult life she watched helplessly as her mother succumbed to the devastating effects of pancreatic cancer. This life changing experience was followed closely by a diagnosis of Stage IV Breast Cancer in her sister, who underwent treatment for over 10 years then lost her battle in early 2011. Her brother lived his life struggling with alcohol, substance abuse & diabetes until his death in 2008 and finally her father passed away in the summer of 2014 from bladder/renal cancer.
Combining her personal and professional life experiences Eileen has found the unstoppable calling to advocate for medical cannabis. She understands the need to live a happy and full life. Advocating for patients, seeing the whole person, not just an illness or a disease that needs to be treated, is what a nurse does best. Eileen believes in the healing powers that cannabis can provide to those in need.
Since 2008 Eileen has been an outspoken advocate for the use of medical cannabis as a complimentary medicine to combat disease and illnesses. She played an integral role in the passage of medical cannabis legislation in Connecticut (2012) and New York(2014), securing safe access of medical cannabis for over 23 million people. She worked as Executive Director of the Connecticut Cannabis Business Alliance, a trade association created for the industry by the industry to promote Education, Best Practices and Industry Standards as well as founding a company that successfully won a license for the cultivation and production of medical cannabis in Connecticut.
Eileen is Co-Founder, Lead Strategist & Director of Patient Services of Valley Agriceutical, a New York based vertically- integrated medical cannabis company whose mission is to optimize the quality of life of our patients by utilizing cannabinoid therapeutics. She also works at Olive’s Branch, an advocacy organization working to bring healthcare back to its roots; educating healthcare providers, patients and the general public about the benefits of cannabis.
Reach Eileen via her Twitter account.