From left: Yvonne White, RN, BSN, OCN, Medical Oncology Infusion Nurse; Mary Ella Quillen, MSN, RN, CCRP, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse; Jennifer Nack, RN, OCN, Cancer Nurse Navigator; Paula Hess, MSN, RN, OCN, Cancer Nurse Navigator and Breast Care Coordinator, Brenda Sharp, RN, BSN, OCN, Medical Oncology Infusion Nurse; Suzanne Thomas, LPN, Bayhealth Hematology / Oncology Associates and Radiation Oncology Practice Nurse; Peggie Kates, RN, Medical Oncology Infusion Nurse; Rhonda Owens, RN, BSN, OCN, Medical Oncology Infusion Nurse
Last year, the Bayhealth Cancer Centers at Milford Memorial and Kent General delivered over 64,000 cancer procedures, providing exceptional care to the cancer patients in our communities.
Oncology patients at Bayhealth have access to a wide range of top-notch resources, the greatest of which is an experienced staff of caregivers trained in cancer care.
This month, we recognize the specialized service and compassionate care that our oncology nurses provide to our patients, guiding and supporting them from initial diagnosis through treatment and well into survivorship.
Many of our nurses hold certifications in the oncology area, requiring testing and experience in this clinical field. The national certification involves education on topics such as disease detection, survivorship, treatment, symptom management, and community resources.
An oncology patient at Bayhealth progresses along a treatment path guided by nurses in several roles. Office nurses review a patient’s medical history and needs upon arrival and then prepare the information for the physician.
Every patient meets with a specially-trained nurse called a Cancer Nurse Navigator, who provides guidance and support throughout a patient’s cancer journey.
A Cancer Nurse Navigator assesses the patient from a holistic perspective. In addition to the unique details in a patient’s medical record, many other factors play a role in the course of treatment: access to transportation; financial circumstances; support system of family and/or friends; and connection to community resources.
Back row, left to right: Susan Shaw, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN, Clinical Nurse Manager- Medical Oncology; Elaine Ringler, RN, OCN,Medical Oncology Infusion Nurse; Jenni Glick, RN, Medical Oncology Infusion Nurse; Suzanne Noll, LPN, Radiation Oncology Nurse; Melissa Dulin, RN, OCN, Medical Oncology Clinical Coordinator; Judy Dougherty, RN, BSN, OCN, Medical Oncology Infusion Nurse; Cheryl Tucker, LPN, Bayhealth Hematology / Oncology Associates Nurse; JoEllen Workman, RN, MSN/MHSA, Manager- Cancer Institute
Front Row: left to right: Joanne Hutchison, MSN, BSN, RN, MBA,, CNML, Oncology Nurse Navigator; Terrie Faulkner, RN, BSN, OCN, Medical Oncology Infusion Nurse; Kathy Eichler, RN, OCN, Medical Oncology Infusion Nurse; Bonnie Knisley, RN, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse; Janet Messina, RN, MSN, OCN, Radiation Oncology Nurse; Pam Frady, RN, OCN, Oncology Nurse Navigator.
Not Pictured: Mary Ella Quillen, MSN, RN, CCRP, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse; Brandi Taylor, LPN, Bayhealth Hematology / Oncology Associates Nurse; Cynthia W. Martin, ANP-C, MSN, AOCNP,Bayhealth Hematology / Oncology Associates Nurse Practitioner; Medical Oncology Infusion Nurses: Angie Gooden, RN, Shea Evans, RN, BSN, Kim Masiello, RN.
Cancer Nurse Navigators follow patients from diagnosis through treatment and into post-treatment care to make sure that all needs are being met. Patient needs may evolve during and after treatment, and the navigators monitor the big picture to ensure a smooth path forward.
Depending on the patient’s course of treatment, an Infusion Nurse or Radiation Nurse may be part of the team. Infusion Nurses administer chemotherapy drugs; both types of nurses assess and manage symptoms, and oversee the patient’s scheduled visits.
Nurses new to Bayhealth Oncology must undergo 3-4 months of one-on-one supervised training that orients them to the special needs of Oncology patients.
Bayhealth also counts two Certified Breast Care Nurses among its staff. These nurses have met all eligibility and testing requirements in the area of Breast Care, including topics such as breast health, risk assessment, diagnosis, psychosocial and spiritual care, and treatment options.
The team includes a Certified Oncology Nurse Practitioner, as well.
Patients benefit from Bayhealth’s affiliation with the PENN Cancer Network, an alliance which increases the expert level of care patients receive in specific fields of oncology. Bayhealth and PENN physicians consult regularly, and qualified patients have fast access to specialized services PENN offers.
Our Oncology nurses also have access to opportunities at Penn such as continuing education.
Throughout the year, Bayhealth Oncology nurses connect with our local communities through events like free screenings (e.g., colorectal, skin, and prostate). Free mammograms are offered in Smyrna, Middletown, Dover, and Milford each month.
Oncology nurses will participate in the Relay for Life events this spring, as well as in Georgetown’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Our annual Go Pink! event is held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
To learn more about the Bayhealth Cancer Centers, visit bayhealth.org/cancer. To register for a free mammogram, call Harriet Pinkston at (302) 430-5143.