Oncology nurse navigation at Rose
Sarah Cannon at Rose Medical Center is proud to offer our cancer patients access to the oncology nurse navigation program at Rose. The Rose oncology nurse navigators are your advocates, helping to reinforce and support the physician/patient relationship. The goal of our nurse navigators 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.
Oncology nurse navigator role
- 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 are here to support:
- Newly diagnosed cancer patients
- Current cancer care patients who have questions about their care plan
- Family members of a diagnosed patient
Brittany Engle, RN, BSN, OCN
Brittany Engle attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, 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 approached oncology navigation as 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 expectation.
Kristen Gipper, RN, BSN, OCN
Kristen Gipper 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.
Benefits of nurse navigation
Through our oncology nurse navigators at Rose, our cancer patients have access to the following services for no additional charge:
- Consistent point of contact
- Individualized education
- Coordination of care
- Family/caregiver support
- Decrease in fear and anxiety
- Ongoing assessment of needs, such as psychosocial, transportation and financial
Providers may also benefit from the presence of a nurse navigator in the following ways:
- Consistent point of contact for you and your staff
- More productive office visits
- Less anxious patients
- More compliant patients
- Improved patient satisfaction
- Coordination of patient care between facilities and providers
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides you with convenient access to leading-edge cancer therapies and clinical trials. Through our Sarah Cannon oncology programs, we offer patients personal, individualized care with a trusted network of specialists who address every aspect of cancer care.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Rose Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions about screenings, signs or symptoms, a specially trained askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or fill out the askSARAH contact form to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.
Cancer resource center
Rose Medical Center has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide a Cancer Resource Center for patients, family members and friends. Available services include:
- Access to the latest information about tests, treatments and clinical trials
- Help making transportation arrangements for treatment
- Information about local community support resources
- Support group and educational event information
- Wigs and prostheses
Please come by for a visit and let our trained volunteers assist you in learning more and accessing community resources.