The Oncology Nurse Navigation Program Sarah Cannon at Rose Cancer Center
The Rose oncology nurse navigator is your advocate, helping to reinforce and support the physician/patient relationship. Our goal is to enhance your quality of life, provide a sense of autonomy and help you manage your own health. By guiding cancer patients with knowledgeable and supportive help, our oncology-trained nurse navigators improve care experiences, assist physicians and maintain quality outcomes.
Our mission is to provide you and your family with education, support and coordination to help journey through your care after a cancer diagnosis.
The oncology nurse navigator’s role is to:
- Facilitate communication between all members of the healthcare team
- Provide education on disease processes, treatment options and clinical trial availability
- Help patients make informed decisions about their care
- Help provide uninterrupted and timely care
- Coordinate office visits across medical disciplines to streamline cancer care delivery
- Serve as a reliable and trusted source with answers to varied questions
- Organize multidisciplinary team conferences to promote collaboration in cancer treatment
- Provide a personalized touch to cancer care by visiting patients at appointments, assessing patients’ needs and relaying relevant information to providers
- Help decrease barriers to care by advocating for patients’ needs and linking them with resources
Our oncology nurse navigators help support:
- Newly diagnosed cancer patients
- Current cancer care patients who have questions about their care plan
- Family members of a diagnosed patient
Meet Our Oncology Nurse Navigators
Brittany Engle, RN, BSN, OCN, attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Prior to navigation, Brittany worked with oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and navigated brain and breast cancer patients at sister HealthONE hospitals.
She approaches oncology navigation an opportunity to help relieve each patient’s stress and provide support through their cancer journey. Her passion is to advocate for her patients on their needs and challenges and to provide care beyond expectations.
Kristen Gipper, BSN, RN, OCN, attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She spent seven years as a bedside medical oncology nurse.
As an oncology navigator, Kristen considers herself a partner to her patients, focused on providing individualized care and helping patients navigate the challenges that arise by serving as a resource, an advocate, and part of the overall support team.