Congratulations to the 2016 WestStar graduates. West Tennessee Healthcare was well represented with Carrie A. Knox graduating and being chosen by her class for the C.P. Boyd Award for Leadership.
Ashton Ratliff, Clinic Scheduler at the Kirkland Cancer Center, received a personal visit and words of appreciation from Bob Murray- Recruitment Coordinator with Delete Blood Cancer. Ashton selflessly donated stem cells to an anonymous patient requiring a bone marrow transplant.
It was during a routine eye exam in 2007 that Laurie Clark learned something might be wrong. She felt fine, but her eye doctor noticed hemorrhaging behind her retinas, a possible sign of a high white blood cell count. A trip to an oncologist and a bone marrow biopsy later revealed Clark had chronic myeloid leukemia, or CML, a bone marrow cancer. The best way to fight CML, she said, was to take ...
Nori Pigue, RN, CN-BN, Breast Care Nurse Navigator at the Kirkland Cancer Center has been certified by The National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) as a Certified Navigator – Breast Nurse (CN-BN). The NCBC recognizes the certified navigator as a highly skilled who excels in communication, support, education and elimination of barriers to care from diagnosis to surviviorship and to recognize professionals who have advanced knowledge in the specialty field of breast care.
Jennifer Daugherty was recently featured on the website Nursenavigator.com. Following is an excerpt from the article.
Q: What is the most important work you do as a nurse navigator?
Jennifer Daugherty: Have you ever been in a situation so unfamiliar and so full of unknowns it almost felt like you were drowning? That’s the feeling my patients experience when they’re sitting in the exam room, waiting on their pathology results and the doctor says the word “cancer.” My patients are immediately submerged into an ocean of unknowns, of tests and labs and “be here for this and there for that.”
Then in I walk. I offer them a lifeline of emotional support, of resources, of education. I talk but I also listen. I listen to understand their stories. I pull the plug on the fear by empowering them with knowledge and by being the one person in which they can confide for any need, any question. Being present and attentive shows my patients I value them — that’s what’s most important. Everyone, cancer diagnosis or not, has the inherent need to feel heard and seen. By doing that simple act, I watch faces full of fear fade to calm and collected.
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