Jennifer J. Albaladejo
Jennifer J. Albaladejo is an oncology nurse on the Stem Cell Transplant Unit at a nationally ranked teaching hospital in the NYC area. She has 18 years of experience in the field of oncology, with 14 of those years spent caring for patients undergoing stem cell transplantation for illnesses such as leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndrome, amyloidosis, and multiple myeloma. Previously, she worked as a staff nurse at Columbus Hospital in Newark, N.J.; as a nurse clinician for Coram Healthcare, Totowa, N.J.; and as a substitute school nurse for the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District, Manalapan, N.J. She earned her RN at the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing, Englewood, N.J. Jennifer serves on her townʼs Emergency Response Team. She holds a certification with the American Red Cross for Shelter Operations.
Sharlene Bidini, RD, CSO, is a registered dietitian with board certification in oncology nutrition. In the last eight years, she has helped thousands of oncology patients maintain their weight, strength, and quality of life during cancer treatment. Employed at the Oakwood Center for Cancer Care in Dearborn, Mich, she has given presentations for corporations, organizations, churches, and universities. Her dynamic speaking style and expertise in oncology nutrition has earned rave reviews from conference attendees. Sharlene has been interviewed for several Websites, including everyday health, the health monitor network, and public news service, in addition to WJR radio, and Champions of Care TV. She also has her own Website, http://www.cancernutritionist.com, and Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CancerNutritionist, to help cancer patients and survivors find evidence-based nutrition information. You can reach Sharlene at email@example.com
Ghida Bilani is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Diabetes Educator at the Oakwood Outpatient Diabetes Education Center in Dearborn, Mich. She has helped develop individualized meal plans, used intuitive and mindful eating techniques followed by appropriate behavior modifications in managing a variety of disease states, including Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes, insulin pump therapy, reactive hypoglycemia, weight loss, lipid reduction, hypertension-reduction, cancer, and renal disease. She has a particular interest in helping and managing diabetes in patients with cancer since treating those with diabetes with active cancer disease is often complicated by the disease itself and the adverse effects of treatment. She is also an independent Corporate Wellness Health Educator and has given presentations for several organizations. She is culturally competent and adapted to different people and cultures, thrives in a fast-paced environment, and is fluent in English, French, and Arabic. Ghida has been interviewed for several magazines, including Vital Health, and was awarded for her contribution to Champions of Care WJR radio programs. She also holds a certification in weight management and insulin pump training. She enjoys exercise, playing tennis, and skiing, and she also just received a certificate of "wine advisor." Ghida can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anne Booms became an Oncology Nurse Practitioner in Albury Wodonga Health, Albury Campus, NSW Australia, following completion of the Master's in nursing/nurse practitioner palliative care in 2009. She has post-graduate diplomas and certificates in cancer nursing, indigenous palliative care, breast cancer nursing, chemotherapy, wound management, and renal nursing. She has more than 20 years of experience in advanced nursing practice and palliative care in Belgium and in Australia. Since November 2011 she has worked in the extension of oncology practice, where she tries to integrate palliative and supportive care into the oncology field. Anne is passionate about promoting education and became a casual lecturer in the areas of palliative care, community health, chronic disease management, and leadership in nursing for undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students at La Trobe and Deakin University in Melbourne, Victoria, and also in Singapore. She has presented topics related to palliative care and nursing leadership at international nursing conferences and performs research around quality-of-life topics with the Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN) in Sydney. Her passion is about increasing access to expert care and filling the gap in oncology/supportive care to indigenous patients, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), the intellectually disabled, and patients from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
Tami is a Senior Research Specialist and clinical nurse specialist in the Nursing Research and Education Department at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, as well as her Masters in Nursing, Adult Med-Surg, Clinical Nurse Specialist from Azusa Pacific University (APU) in Azusa, Calif. In 2009 she was inducted as a Fellow of Palliative Care Nursing by the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association. Tami has worked for Dr. Betty Ferrell since 1994 and was the Project Director for an NCI funded study, Reducing Barriers to Pain and Fatigue Management (2005-2010). She is currently the Project Director for an NCI funded Program Project grant (P01), Palliative Care for Quality of life and Symptom Concerns in Lung Cancer (2009-2014) as well as for the Demonstration Project entitled Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care, funded by the Archstone Foundation (2010-2012). Tami has coauthored more than 50 publications (articles and book chapters), chaired the palliative care team for the DC Cancer Coalition in Washington, and is a reviewer for the Oncology Nursing Forum and Journal of Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, as well as an editor of the HPNA Core Curriculum for LPN/LVN Hospice and Palliative Nurse.
Marie Borsellino has been a nurse for 25 years, working mostly in adult hematology/oncology. She has worked as a staff nurse in an adult hematology/oncology unit, in a private practice for an oncology group, in a bone marrow transplant unit, in case management, and also as an oncology care coordinator. Her current position is as the Breast Health Navigator for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System in Sarasota, Fla. Marie received her BSN from State College of Florida and is currently a DNP candidate at Florida State University. Her interests are women's cancers and promotion of the oncology nurse navigator role. She enjoys downtime with her family and the lovely beaches of Southwest Florida. Marie can be reached at email@example.com.
Deborah A. Boyle
Debi is an oncology clinical nurse specialist at the University of California Irvine Medical Center Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Prior to joining UC Irvine, she was a project leader in Geriatric Oncology and Survivorship in the Nursing Studies Program of Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, in Phoenix. At Banner Good Samaritan, she also worked as a practice outcomes nurse specialist and magnet coordinator, and was instrumental in the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) designation of Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center as a Magnet Hospital. Debi received an Associate's degree in nursing from Orange County Community College, State University of New York, a baccalaureate degree in health education from Southern Connecticut State University, and an MS in nursing from Yale University. She has received numerous awards from the Oncology Nursing Society, and in 2010 was the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter Distinguished Nurse of the Year. In 1999, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, in recognition of her advocacy in the areas of cancer survivorship, geriatric oncology, psychosocial needs of cancer patients and their families, and the role of the advanced practice nurse in cancer care. She is a frequent lecturer throughout the US and abroad, and is the author of nearly 200 publications. She has published three books, most recently Self-Healing Through Reflection: A Workbook for Nurses (with Nancy Jo Bush) and Nurturance for Nurses: Reflections for Compassionate Healers. Debi loves to travel, read, and has a passion for both for writing and her Shih Tzu, Otis.
Michelle Bragazzi is a dedicated oncology professional with more than 16 years of adult oncology clinical experience within hospital and research settings. She has an Associate of Science in Nursing from The University of Toledo and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lourdes College and has dedicated her time teaching undergraduate students. She is also a Graduate Candidate pursuing a Master's in Health and Education at The University of Toledo. Her mission as an oncology professional and as Community Editor for UBM Medica is to promote excellence in oncology nursing. This can be achieved with effective communication, education, research, and ongoing psychosocial support for the oncology nurse. Michelle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teresa Brown has been a registered nurse for 27 years. She has had experience in a wide variety of specialties, including psychiatry, emergency, and hospice nursing, before becoming a certified oncology nurse. She graduated with a diploma from the former St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Lancaster, Pa., and is currently working on a BSN completion program at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. Her interest in oncology was piqued after caring for patients in day surgery who were receiving chemotherapy for non-cancer diagnoses. She has been a member of the Oncology Nurses Society for four years, and has a particular interest in working with Hispanic and Latino patients due to her ability to speak Spanish fluently. She had worked in outpatient oncology for three years but has had to leave her position in order to deal with her own cancer diagnosis. In spite of her illness, she continues to be interested in contributing care for oncology patients as well as providing support for her fellow providers.
A native of New York, Cathy completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Nurse Practitioner training in Women's Health from Harbor-UCLA, and her Master's degree from CSU, Northridge, in Community Health Education. She is certified in both clinical breast examination and nurse navigation. Her comprehensive background in breast health includes work with UCLA in mobile mammography services; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento, Calif., in provider education and in breast cancer and standardized clinical skill development; and the City of Hope Women's Center as part of a multidisciplinary breast care team. Cathy currently works at the Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif., as a nurse navigator and is involved in program development of a new breast program for the hospital. Her academic interests include early detection strategies with breast imaging, clinical skill building in breast examination, and community health outreach. She appears in Who's Who in American Nursing, 6th Edition.
Cathy is a member of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Public Health Association, and the National Consortium of Breast Centers. She serves on the Boards of the American Cancer Society of the Silicon/Coastal Region, the Advisory Board of the Conejo Free Clinic, and the National Consortium of Breast Centers where she also chairs the Clinical Breast Examination Committee. She was recently honored with other colleagues in receiving the 2012 NCBC Impact Award for the creation of educational videos in breast health for men and women. Cathy has authored a number of publications and delivered oral presentations around the country with regard to breast cancer, survivorship issues, and breast center development. She lives in Thousand Oaks with her husband Larry and their two cats, Zachary and Isadora.
Geronima is an oncology education specialist for the in-patient oncology nurses at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Prior to joining Sibley, she was an oncology education coordinator at Life with Cancer. She spoke to community groups and facilitated support groups for patients with gynecological, lung, and breast cancers. She also met with both in- and out-patients to discuss their diagnoses, treatment plans, management of side-effects, and available resources in both English and Spanish. She began her career on the solid tumor/gynecological cancer unit at Georgetown University hospital.
She received her Master's in public health from the George Washington University in August 2000 and presented her thesis on how Reiki helps improve breast cancer patients' quality of life. A Reiki Master since 2000, she has a deep interest in integrative medicine and nutrition. She is a graduate of the Center for Mind Body Medicine's annual "Food as Medicine" course. Geronima was co-investigator in a research study sponsored by George Mason University's Center for Consciousness and Transformation. This four-armed, randomized pilot study explored the effects of yoga, Reiki, meditation, or holistic education on chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy.
Geronima is oncology certified through the Oncology Nursing Society and is an active ONS participant as she is on the board of directors for her local chapter as President and is an ONS Leadership Development Institute graduate. She also speaks on various oncology topics nationally as well as internationally. She has presented for ONS, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, AOSW, and was the presenter at the Second Annual Oncology Nursing Congress in Viña del Mar, Chile, in April 2011.
Dr. Rebecca Crane-Okada, PhD, RN, CNS, AOCN, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist specializing in breast cancer and the psychosocial and spiritual aspects of cancer care. She completed her BS Degree in nursing at Texas Christian University, and has two advanced degrees: a Master's Degree in cancer nursing and a Doctorate of philosophy in nursing, both from UCLA. She is also completing training in spiritual direction. She has extensive experience in cancer care, cancer research, and has published and presented nationally and internationally on cancer nursing practice, quality-of-life issues in breast cancer, and breast health. She is the recipient of the Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lectureship awarded by the Oncology Nursing Society for contributions to psychosocial oncology.
Rebecca's research has included studies of quality of life after sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer, volunteer support for women with breast cancer, integration of mindfulness and dance/movement therapy for long-term breast cancer survivors, and patient navigation. She is a long-time volunteer with the American Cancer Society; on the advisory board of the Santa Monica, California-YWCA Encore swim program for women with cancer; clinical faculty at the UCLA School of Nursing; and a member of key professional oncology organizations such as the Oncology Nursing Society and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. She is a staunch advocate for patients and their families and believes that knowledge is power. She is known for her calm, practical, and intuitive care that supports patients and families in the soul's journey with cancer.
Dianna received her Diploma in Nursing from Akron General Medical Center in 1973 and worked the Oncology Unit one year later when it opened up as a new specialty unit. Through the years, she worked part time in many different areas including post partum, home healthcare, and even nursing home care. She became a Certified Case Manager in 1998 and returned to Oncology that same year as a Coordinator of Oncology Care. She received her Oncology Certification in 2000. Since that time the name of her job has changed, with the most recent title being Nurse Navigator. However the focus of coordination of patient-focused oncology care across the continuum of care has not changed. Dianna's role has been to facilitate and coordinate care, refer to community resources, and provide educational, social, and emotional support. Recently her role has been expanded to include Palliative Care. One thing she has learned is "The Power of Presence."
Debi Habyan Geotis
Debi Habyan Geotis has worked within the Specialty Pharmacy Industry for the last 8 years of her 30 year nursing career focusing on oncology. Prior to that, she worked for Orlando Regional Health in Orlando Florida, managing the clinical programs with an emphasis on cardiology and oncology in home health care. As an independent clinical consultant she has contracted with Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, IVPCare in Texas, McKesson Specialty Pharmacy, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, MedSolutions, and US Bioservices creating clinical tools in disease management. She is presently working at Walgreens as Clinical Director within the clinical office headquartered in Chicago.
She has also researched and developed clinical tools with branching logic to assess patient status, QOL and at risk patients in oncology. She has worked with oral chemotherapy and how to manage these patients at home; and has studied the outcomes of a medication therapy management programs measuring clinical issues, interventions and the resulting outcomes placing value on patient care, cost and delivery of services.
Debi lives in Port St. Lucie Florida, has a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Florida Southern College, and a Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of ONS.
Kathleen is a registered nurse and has a BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has worked as a Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse for over 25 years at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2005 she received a CPON-certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse certification. She is a charge nurse and continues to work on the unit administering chemotherapy and biotherapy to children of all ages. The unit also treats cancer in adults who have a childhood-type cancer. In addition to nursing, Kathleen owns and operates a small ranch south of Fort Worth, raising and breeding Herefords and growing hay. She has three grown children and three grandchildren and is a board member and auxiliary member of her local fire department.
Linda M. Gorman
Linda is a clinical nurse specialist specializing in palliative care. She was part of an in-patient palliative care consultation team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for over 20 years where she provided palliative and end-of-life care services to patients. Prior positions included oncology manager as well as psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. With a background in oncology as well as psychiatric nursing she brings skills from both of these fields into her palliative care specialty. She is co-author/editor of several books including: Psychosocial Nursing Care Along the Cancer Continuum, published by Oncology Nursing Press, which received the AJN Book of the year award in 2007 in psychiatric/mental health nursing: Psychosocial Nursing for General Patient Care, which received the AJN Book of the Year Award in 2008 in psychiatric/mental health nursing; and Compendium of Treatment of End Stage Non-Cancer Diagnoses: Renal, published in 2005 (2nd edition in press). Linda served on the Board of Directors of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association from 2000-2006 and served as President in 2005. She is a lecturer and consultant in the field of palliative care. A graduate of UCLA School of Nursing for her Master's degree, she was named one of 60 Distinguished Alumnus in 2009.
Nicole has been a nurse for 14 years and has worked in a variety of settings, including telemetry, long-term care, medical-surgical nursing, and now oncology. She now works in a community hospital as a cancer nurse navigator, helping patients adjust to the cancer diagnosis and identify and meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. She works full time and is currently going to school online for her BSN, with hopes of pursuing a MSN thereafter. She is a proud wife and mother with two boys, ages six and eight. Nicole and her husband spent time living and working in New York City, witnessing 9/11 first-hand, and actively try to keep the cultural diversity and adventurous spirit of living in a big city alive for their children, even though they now live in a small Midwest town.
Pamela J. Haylock
A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Nursing (BSN and MA) and the University of Texas Medical Branch Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (PhD), Pamela J. (PJ) Haylock has held staff, management, teaching and consultation roles. She is CEO of the Association for Vascular Access, a professional association that promotes excellence in vascular access practice and care for people requiring short- and long-term vascular access.
PJ is past-president of the Oncology Nursing Society. She has served as Consumer Representative to the FDA's Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee and, in 2011, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In addition to many peer reviewed professional publications, Dr. Haylock's trade publications include Women's Cancers: How to Prevent Them, How to Treat Them, How to Beat Them (with Kerry A. McGinn), Cancer Doesn't Have to Hurt (with Carol P. Curtiss), and Men's Cancers: How to Prevent Them, How to Treat Them, How to Beat Them.
Dr. Haylock received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service from the University of Iowa College of Nursing and a Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement from the University of Iowa Alumni Association.
Maggie Hughes, LMSW, is a medical oncology social worker at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Maggie assists patients at Winship by providing them with supportive counseling and practical resources. She facilitates the Pancreatic Cancer Support Group and the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Support Group at Winship. Maggie works with the genitourinary, gastro intestinal, breast, gynecological and sarcoma cancer populations. She has a passion for working with grieving families and is currently working on her certification in Thanatology through The Association for Death Education and Counseling. Maggie received her Master's Degree in Social Work and Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Georgia. While a graduate student, Maggie received the Heather Christina Wright Scholarship for Social Worker's in Oncology. Maggie has worked in the geriatric hospital setting and in the school system as a social worker. She is a strong advocate for self-care amongst health care professionals and practices yoga daily.
Gari Jensen graduated from the Community College of Denver in 1985 with an ADN and started working the evening shift on a hematology-oncology unit two days later. He has a BSN from Regis University in Denver and is OCN certified. His entire career has been spent in oncology except for moonlighting five years as a home health nurse. Currently, he works at the University of Colorado Cancer Center in a clinic specializing in GI and head and neck cancers, as well as neuroendocrine and HIV-related cancers. The delights in Gari's life are his children (usually), singing, classical music, opera, literature, history, hiking, biking, and cooking.
Ann graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with a BA in Psychology (1976) and a Master of Education in Counseling (1978). She relocated to Georgia and began working in adult and adolescent psychiatry while working on a nursing degree at DeKalb Community College (now Georgia Perimeter College); she obtained her RN license in 1983. Ann continued working in the field of psychiatry for about 10 years, then became a Red Cross nurse in blood services as a staff development instructor. Her transition to oncology came after encountering a hospice nurse. She has worked for the in-patient oncology unit at Northside Hospital in Atlanta and, for the past seven years, she has been a Clinical Research Coordinator for Peachtree Hematology-Oncology Consultants.
Amy Joyce graduated with a BSN from the University of Virginia in 1997. She worked briefly as a cardiac nurse, and in 1998 she began working in oncology and has never looked back. She earned her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and has worked as a nurse practitioner in stem cell transplant since that time. She currently practices as an outpatient Nurse Practitioner at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She is passionate about her work and feels it is a true privilege to take care of these often medically fragile patients. Outside of work, Amy is a wife, a mother of two children, and owner of a Labrador Retriever. She enjoys reading, yoga, running, and spending as much time as possible with her family.
Dishon Kamwesa graduated from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, home of the Professional Football Hall of Fame. He received his BSN in 2010 and has been working on a medical-surgical oncology unit for the past four years, including a two-year internship. He has been recognized by his employer, Mercy Medical Center, as a "Star Performer," an award given for excellence in patient care. He plans to pursue OCN certification in the spring of 2013 and continue his education in hopes of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. He enjoys traveling with his wife, golfing, reading, and being a part of his church community.
Michael Kaufman has worked as a writer and editor in medical publishing and communications for more than 25 years. He got his start at one of the first established medical news publishing companies in the United States, Academy Professional Information Services (APIS) in New York City, as editor of Dermatology News. He went on to serve as managing editor of Oncology News and other periodicals and news bulletins covering a wide range of therapeutic areas, such as mycology, psychiatry, cardiology, infectious diseases, and primary care. As executive editor at Med Publishing, a division of the Medical Economics Company, Michael spearheaded the launch of Contemporary Oncology. Later, as editorial director at Mediphacs, he led a team of science writers providing editorial support for clinician authors of articles for top-tier oncology journals. More recently, as senior project editor at Haymarket, he was recognized for his editorial acumen in producing quality continuing medical education programs. Michael has covered major national and international medical meetings in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and Japan, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting. In 2011, he covered the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) and the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) for CancerNetwork.com. He attended the State University of New York at New Paltz; Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y.; and Cambridge-Goddard Graduate School in Cambridge, Mass.
Jess received her MSN and PhD in nursing from the University of Virginia. Prior to nursing, she received her BS in Biology from Wake Forest University and her MS in Public Health Sciences from the University of Virginia. She has worked as an oncology clinical trials nurse, as a staff nurse in the pediatric ICU, and as Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation focused on young adults with cancer. Jess also has interests in health disparities in cancer, health policy, palliative, and end-of-life care, as well as cancer on the global scale. She currently works as a staff nurse in pediatric hematology-oncology in Charlotte, N.C. She enjoys running and exercise, the outdoors, and cooking with her husband. She can be reached at: email@example.com.
Monica is a California native but grew up in Chicago. She now lives in Louisville, Ky. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bellarmine University and continued her education to earn her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She has an extensive nursing background that includes oncology, palliative care, telemetry, medical-surgical, intensive care, emergency nursing, and case management. She is currently certified in critical care nursing. Monica has earned many local and national awards for her tireless work in healthcare and community service. She is most proud of her volunteer work for the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, where she and her husband are active volunteers.
Anne is a lifelong New Yorker, born at St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village. She holds an AB in biology from Mount Holyoke College and an MS in journalism from Columbia University School of Journalism. She has been a medical editor for more than 20 years. In addition to oncology, she has worked on content covering infectious disease, diabetes, urology, surgical complications, HIV/AIDS, critical care nursing, and women's health. Her only non-editorial employment was work as a research assistant in cardiac physiology at The Rockefeller University and as a science writer in the department of public affairs at the American Museum of Natural History (where she met her husband, an entomologist).
Anne currently works as a writer/editor with The Oncology Group of UBM Medica. She is Executive Editor of the PubMed-indexed journal, ONCOLOGY Nurse Edition, and an editor for the monthly journal ONCOLOGY and the annually updated handbook, Cancer Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach. She has also worked on a variety of special projects for The Oncology Group, including slide presentations, supplements, monographs, custom newsletters, and video interviews. Her freelance experience includes book and journal article editing, editing of content for a nonmedical Website, and writing disease-specific pamphlets for patients. Anne enjoys listening to music (all kinds, but especially early music and the blues) and reading (especially cookbooks and books about architecture, early photography, and "Old New York").
Ashley Leak has been a geriatric oncology nurse for the past 10 years and loves what she does. She is a Cancer Care Quality Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing at UNC Chapel Hill. She was a 2009-2011 predoctoral John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar. She earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a PhD from UNC Chapel Hill. She also completed an interdisciplinary Certificate in Aging though the Institute of Aging at UNC Chapel Hill. She is dually certified as an oncology and gerontological nurse. Dr. Leak has a clinical and research interest in assisting cancer patients with their unmanaged symptoms to reduce ED visits and rehospitalizations, specifically older adults with acute leukemia. Her dissertation focused on factors associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) survivors' quality of life. She has been actively involved in the Oncology Nursing Society for 10 years and has a strong interest in increasing awareness of policy makers and the community about complex needs of cancer survivors, with a focus on transitions and cost of care.
Nancy Ledoyen graduated from San Jose State University, Calif., with a Bachelor's degree in nursing and psychology. She has worked in a variety of settings taking care of patients with cancer and holds national certifications in oncology and breast care nursing. She helped developed the Enloe Regional Cancer Center in Chico, Calif., where she spent 15 years and served as Director for Oncology, Hospice, and Integrative Care. More recently, she was Operations Manager for Hematology and Oncology at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Nancy joined Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, Ariz., in January 2012 as Clinical Navigator for the Breast Care Center.
Kathy graduated from the University of Iowa College of Nursing in 1987 and has spent most of her career in oncology including adult bone marrow transplant, outpatient chemotherapy infusion and hospice/home healthcare. Currently she works for Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in the adult BMT clinic. Kathy returned to school in 2003 and earned a Master's Degree in English literature with the hopes of someday writing a NYT Bestselling novel about a nurse on Ellis Island in 1916. Her favorite books are "The Red Tent", "Falling Angels", "Uncle Tom's Cabin", and "The Awakening". Her two children are finally adults and although she still has three dogs at home (and a husband-- when he's not working) she is very excited to introduce her love of books, small fluffy animals and being outside to any grandchildren who show up eventually.
Kristi Mason earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Bowling Green State University then completed her Dietetic Internship at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, in 2000. She has been employed as a Registered Dietitian at the University of Toledo Medical Center for the past 12 years. Kristi graduated from the Northwest Ohio Consortium of Public Health with her Master of Public Health Nutrition in 2010. She recently became Board Certified as a Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. The focus of her inpatient work at the hospital is working with people with cancer to help them combat the effects of the disease or treatments. In addition, she works in the outpatient setting for those diagnosed with head and neck cancer undergoing radiation and/or chemotherapy. Kristi lives in Toledo, Ohio, where she enjoys gardening, cooking, and traveling.
Carole McCue holds a full-time faculty position in an associate degree nursing program outside of New York City. She earned her nursing diploma at the Cochran School of Nursing and her BSc and MSc degrees at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y. With over 40 years of experience in nursing, she has achieved national certifications in her specialty areas of intensive care nursing (CCRN), quality improvement (CPHQ), and nursing education (CNE). She has served as a Chief Nursing Officer of an acute care facility and has authored publications and presented at national conferences. She recently faced the biggest challenge of her life with a diagnosis of cancer and is an active advocate for cancer patients and their families.
Katie Mitchell is a native of Southern Indiana and received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Purdue University in 2001. She began her career in oncology/hematology at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis and then returned to academia in 2004 to obtain her Master's degree in oncology nursing from Duke University in the great state of North Carolina. Upon graduation, she began working for The CBC Group, where she continues now, five years later. Her practice consists of 12 physicians and three nurse practitioners, all seeing a wide range of cancer diagnoses and hematologic disorders. She recently received her AOCNP certification and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. She and her husband of 10 years have two beautiful boys, Benjamin 3 and William 18 months. She enjoys running, reading, traveling, and being with family. Katie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Newton is a registered and licensed dietitian who works with oncology patients in a survivorship and supportive care clinic. She frequently presents seminars to cancer support groups including those for breast cancer and prostate cancer. Individually, she often sees patients with head and neck cancer, working with them throughout their treatment to optimize their nutrition status and deal with the side effects of treatment during and after their course of therapy. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Laura has an undergraduate degree from Auburn University in Dietetics and a Master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Exercise Physiology. She worked as an inpatient clinical dietitian for almost 15 years. She currently teaches in the nutrition graduate program and dietetic internship at UAB mentoring future dietitians, and she works in a growing weight management program to help instill healthy lifestyle changes for those needing to lose weight. She lives in Birmingham, Ala., and can be reached at email@example.com.
Rachel Odo is a clinical social worker with a specialty in acute, chronic, and life-threatening illness. She works as a consultant, lecturing and presenting workshops on a range of topics for healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers. She serves as a moderator for the online services of CancerCare Inc., where she has facilitated online support groups for gynecologic cancer patients, colorectal cancer patients, pancreatic cancer caregivers, men with cancer, and the bereaved. She worked for many years at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City in a variety of settings, including in-patient hematology and thoracic services, the out-patient hematology clinic, and the Post-Treatment Resource Program where she developed psycho-educational services for caregivers, men with cancer, young adult cancer survivors, head and neck, genitourinary, and brain tumor survivors. While there, she also facilitated support groups for nursing staff and the medical interns who comprised the rotating house staff. In addition to her work in oncology, she has experience with the mentally ill, the homeless, substance users, and HIV-positive patients. Ms. Odo received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Columbia University and her Master of Social Work from New York University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julianna Paradisi is a staff oncology nurse in an ambulatory clinic in Portland, Ore. She graduated in 1987 with an Associate Degree in Nursing from a Los Angeles community college. She worked in Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care Units of Level I Trauma Centers the first 15 years of her career, earning PALS, NALS, and pediatric CCRN certifications.
In 2001, Julianna transitioned to adult oncology, after treatment for breast cancer, and returned to school: Pacific Northwest College of Art, fulfilling a childhood dream. Today, she is a multimedia artist, finding inspiration "where science, humanity, and art converge." Her artwork has appeared in numerous shows in Oregon and Washington, besides several publications, including the American Journal of Nursing, and Scrubs Magazine. She authors the blog, J Paradisi RN. Her stories, "Icarus Again" and "Voyagers," were published in the anthology, New Lives: Nurses' Stories about Caring for Babies, and an essay, "The Wisdom of Nursery Rhymes," appeared in the February 2011 issue of the American Journal of Nursing.
Julianna describes herself as "Every Nurse, with a strong drive towards self-expression." For TheONC, she blogs about creativity and the pursuit of it in the busy life of an oncology nurse.
Alayne had a varied nursing background in clinical nursing before commencing in oncology/haematology 24 years ago. She has been employed at the Mater Adult Hospital, Brisbane, Australia, in the Division of Cancer, since 1990, and has been the cancer nurse educator for the last 14 years. As a dedicated cancer nurse, she believes that integrated cancer care (including complementary therapies) is the key to holistic care, providing supportive treatments to enable the person to cope with the medical treatments offered in traditional westernized society. Professionally, Alayne is: an executive member of the Oncology Nurses Group of Queensland; chair of the Education Committee of the CNSA (Cancer Nurses Society of Australia); an active participant in writing for eviQ (Cancer Institute NSW) and Cancer Australia, helping to develop education programs for nurses caring for people with cancer; and a member of the ONS (Oncology Nursing Society of USA). A strong believer in the role of the nurse in the management of cancer patients, she is dedicated to helping nurses develop skills to enable them to care for patients throughout the whole continuum of the health-disease cancer trajectory. The main focus is to implement innovative strategies to ensure cancer nursing education is clinically relevant, of high quality, and accessible to nursing staff.
Amy E. Rettig
Certified by the Oncology Nursing Society as a Breast Care Nurse, Amy is the CNS for breast cancer at The James (The Ohio State University). She has many years of clinical and instructional experiences in Nursing. Amy holds a Master of Arts in Lay Ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary with special emphasis on pastoral care, counseling and ethics. While in her Master of Science in Nursing program at Capital University, she also completed 20 hours of legal studies and has served at the Ohio Board of Nursing as a Practice Consultant.
Krista Rubin is a nurse practitioner in the Melanoma Disease Center in the oncology and dermatology departments at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She is an oncology and dermatology nurse specialist providing clinical care to patients with advanced melanoma and research management for patients on melanoma clinical trials. She also provides skin cancer screening for patients and their families in the Pigmented Lesion Clinic. Krista lectures internationally, has published regularly on the topic of melanoma skin cancer, and was the 2010 recipient of the Oncology Nursing Society's Excellence in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Award. She is the current chair of the Dermatology Nurses Association's Skin Cancer Committee and served as the lead in the development of the Skin Cancer Web Course for the Oncology Nursing Society. She has consulted for numerous pharmaceutical companies in the toxicity management of multiple agents used in the treatment of advanced melanoma. Her greatest feat is being the mother of adorable, seven-year-old twin boys (redheads at that).
Melissa Scott has been a hematology and oncology nurse since February 2010 but has been interested in the hematology/oncology field for much longer. She received her BSN in December 2009 and is currently enrolled in a MSN/MBA program; she hopes to graduate by 2015 and plans to become OCN certified as well. Melissa enjoys social media and continues to expand her knowledge and learn about others' perspectives. She is very interested in hematological diseases such as hemophilia, sickle cell disease, leukemia, and lymphoma, as well as oncological issues, particularly women's cancers and brain cancer. In addition to cancer disease, she is also interested in exploring the patient and family dynamic as it relates to oncology care.
Penny Sheffield aspired to be a nurse and a writer from the time she was just five years old. She received her BSN from the University of Phoenix and will soon be working toward a Master's Degree in education. She has been an oncology nurse for 16 years and has worked in a variety of settings, which include in-patient oncology, out-patient oncology, and bone marrow transplant. She has been very active with the Oncology Nursing Society, and her roles included Chapter President, Membership Chair, and Student Preceptor. She recently became OCN Certified. Penny presently works at Emory University in Atlanta with the Winship Cancer Institute as a Telephone Triage Nurse in hematology oncology. She is impassioned about her work with her patients. She is the mother of five children, enjoys photography, writing, nature walks, and spending time with family and friends, including her six grandchildren.
Lori Smith is a Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Practitioner at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center's Jordan Center for Gynecologic Cancers within the Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia. She received her BSN from Wilkes University in 2003 and went on to complete her MSN at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. She worked as a staff nurse from 2003 through 2006 at which time she transitioned to providing outpatient care to gynecologic oncology patients as a Nurse Practitioner. She currently leads her department's Survivorship Program, which is part of the Living Well After Cancer Program (LWAC), a part of the LIVESTRONGTM Survivorship Center of Excellence Network. She is a certified nurse colposcopist and serves as a co-PI on several ovarian cancer immunotherapy clinical trials. In addition, she lectures by invitation, has had a televised appearance discussing gyn/onc survivorship, and has published articles and text discussing gynecologic malignancies and side-effect management.
Caroline Smithson received her BSN from the University of Virginia in 2011. She graduated with highest honors and received the Anne Pollok Hemmings Clinical Excellence Award, honoring her as a "total patient nurse." She currently works at Duke Medical Center on the hematology/oncology unit. Caroline will enter Duke's School of Nursing in January 2013 to begin the Oncology Adult Nurse Practitioner program. She looks forward to having the next few years dedicated to learning in the hospital and in the classroom.
Katherine Trip MN, NP is employed at University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario and holds an academic appointment at the University of Toronto, Lawrence S. Bloomberg, Faculty of Nursing.
She obtained her undergraduate degree at Ryerson University in Toronto and her MN at the University of Toronto.
Katherine was instrumental in setting up the stem cell collection unit and the urgent care oncology program at Princess Margaret Hospital within University Health Network. Her professional interests include patient safety, interprofessional collaboration and oncologic emergencies.
Kathy chose cancer nursing in 2000 after realizing that other specialty fields were not for her. She has worked in a general oncology ward in a metropolitan hospital as a nurse manager of a private hospital chemotherapy clinic and as a nurse in a research unit. Currently, she is a cancer care coordinator – a role that involves linking patients and families with services and improving access to services. Kathy has Graduate Certification in Cancer Nursing and a Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (Pain Management). She works in a regional city of about 104,000 people where the major metropolitan services are about three hours away. Her work brings her into contact with patients who have gynecological, urological, skin, and CNS tumors. Her professional interests lie in adolescent/young adult cancers, technology in cancer care, and survivorship issues. One of her biggest bugbears is poor communication and how this impacts patient outcomes.
Sharon R. Vining
Sharon has been a registered nurse since 1991. She graduated from Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas, in 1991 with an Associate Nursing Degree and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, in 2005. Sharon spent 14 years in critical care, six years in stem cell transplant, and is currently in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery as a clinical nurse at M D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She is a member of the AACN and ONS and is OCN certified. She lives in Pearland, Texas with her husband, Tim; four daughters, Amber, Rachel, Rebecca, and Katlyn; and two dogs, Gizmo and Jazzman.
AnnMarie L. Walton, MPH, RN, OCN, CHES, is currently a per diem hematology/oncology nurse at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, a research assistant at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, a full-time PhD student at the University of Utah in the College of Nursing's oncology cohort, and a mother of a toddler, with another baby on the way! A native New Yorker, she obtained her BS in Community Health Education and Spanish at the University of Maryland, her MPH and BSN both at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked at the N.C. Cancer Hospital for the last 10 years in capacities from clinical nurse intern to a nurse manager. Her dissertation will focus on Latino migrant farmworkers, pesticides, and acute leukemia. Her previous publications and presentations center on nurse retention, innovation in nursing leadership, and patient care.
Rachel Warren is the Editorial Director for the Oncology group at UBM Medica. She worked in scholarly scientific publishing for the past 18 years; for the last 6 in the field of oncology and cancer research. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and English from Connecticut College and attended the Science and Environmental Reporting journalism program at New York University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two sons.
Joni Watson, MSN, MBA, RN, OCN, is an oncology clinical nurse manager. She obtained her Baccalaureate nursing degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, and she holds her Master's in Business Administration as well as her Master's in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. Previously, she worked as the Director of the Nurse Oncology Education Program, working with global, national, statewide, and grassroots organizations to educate nurses in all fields of practice about current oncology guidelines and care. Joni has a passion for healthcare, business, technology, and the Venn diagram that brings them all together. She recently authored the peer-reviewed article, "The Rise of Blogs in Nursing Practice," and believes nurses and other healthcare professionals can leverage social media, including blogs, to advance care. She resides in Austin and enjoys reading, running, shoe shopping, and spending time with her family. You can also find Joni at Nursetopia and the Oncology Nursing Society's Re:Connect, or network with her via Twitter.
Brenda S. Williams
Brenda received an Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Dalton State College in Dalton, Ga., and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. She worked in various areas of the nursing field before finding her passion in oncology, hospice, and palliative care. Brenda has a BLS and ACLS with the American Heart Association, Chemotherapy Course with the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), Certificate in End of Life Care, Georgia Health Partnership – Train the Trainer, Certificate for ELNEC-Core Training Course, Cancer Care Nurse Navigator Course, Certificate for Pain Resource Nurse Training, Education Techniques in Palliative Care at CAPC Campus Online, and Certificate for End Stage Diseases: Care When There is No Cure. She is also a Clinical Instructor for first-year, first semester RN students.
I am one of the Community Editors here at TheONC. My background includes over 7 years of writing experience within healthcare. I have written in several therapeutic categories, specifically in oncology, I've written for breast, GIST, radiation dermatitis, and xerostomia. I have a passion for healthcare providers and desire to help them improve patient outcomes through community and conversation.
I have an English degree from Washington State University. In addition to having several pharmaceutical advertising awards, I am also an award-winning fiction writer and screenwriter. Currently, I live in Raleigh, North Carolina with my daughter. I can be reached at email@example.com.
Helene Zonder is an oncology nurse practitioner employed in the medical oncology department at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, Calif. She received her master's degree in nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, the North American Menopause Society, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She is a collaborating investigator on the "Long Term Follow-Up After Breast Cancer" protocol for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, and she has an active clinical practice within medical oncology, seeing breast cancer patients from diagnosis through survivorship. She recently presented a poster at the 2011 San Antonio Breast Conference, "Barriers to Enrollment in Therapeutic Clinical Trials," and has been invited to speak at the National Consortium of Breast Center's 22nd Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference taking place March 10-14, 2012 in Las Vegas.
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