The role and services of an Oncology Nurse Navigator include:
- Providing emotional support to patients and families
- Coordinating services among medical providers
- Locating financial assistance resources
- Arranging patient transportation
- Educating patients and families about their disease and treatment plans
- Linking patients to health care resources quickly
- Providing education related to clinical trials
- Communicating with physicians and other members of the healthcare team
- Obtaining patient referrals to community services for support
- Arranging palliative care, hospice, and home healthcare services
- Facilitating timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care
- Promoting patient-focused care
Contacting a Nurse Navigator
Patients may be referred to an Oncology Nurse Navigator through primary care providers, surgeons, medical oncologists and their staff, social workers, case managers, nurses on the floor or self referral. You may contact the nurse navigators directly as noted below, but we also welcome referrals by email and internet.
Breast Care Nurse Navigator
Sharleen Morgan, RN, OCN
Lung Care Nurse Navigator
Julie Tidwell, BSN, RN
GI Care Nurse Navigator
Rene Hampton, BS, RN, CNOR
Hospice of West Tennessee
The Role of Hospice
Hospice of West Tennessee makes the process easier for everyone. Hospice of West Tennessee is a non-profit service offering a total support system to patients and families dealing with life-limiting illness. Quality of life–the emphasis of Hospice–is achieved through treatment of physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each patient and family with primary focus on patient comfort.
Offering hospice service since 1986, Hospice of West Tennessee provides care without regard to patient’s ability to pay. Most Hospice care is provided in the home; however, respite and acute care is also available.
Hospice of West Tennessee is led by a team of various professionals–nurses, therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, chaplains, volunteers and a physician who is board-certified in pallative (end of life) care.
Hospice is about building relationships and support for families. During a very meaningful and critical time, when people need to make crucial end-of-life decisions, Hospice of West Tennessee becomes an important piece in the delivery of quality, compassionate care. At Hospice of West Tennessee, we assist in managing the medical delivery of palliative care, implementing the psychological skills of a counselor; plus facilitating family relationship–this is the hallmark of a quality hospice program.
When Someone Needs Hospice . . .
Anyone can make a referral for a friend or loved one who needs Hospice by making a telephone call or visit to the Hospice central office. Through this important first step, approval can be obtained from the patient’s primary physician.
Grief Support Services
To make a referral or obtain additional information:
731-664-4220 or 1-800-286-5717
1804 Highway 45 By-pass, Suite 100, Jackson, TN 38305
For information on Hospice’s free community grief support group, contact Pat Bard at 731-664-4220.
For information on the Hospice Foundation Fund, contact West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation at 731-984-2140.
Wisdom, Insight, Knowledge, and Guidance through Sorrow
Hospice of West Tennessee recognizes the important nurturing role you must have with a child who has lost a loved one. We know this is a time of many needs and therefore invite you to consider registering your child at our upcoming grief camp for children—Camp Wings.
This unique camp is for children ages 7-14 years who are experiencing grief related to the loss of a loved one. The children will receive the benefits of a weekend of counseling by qualified, trained counselors and fun activities in a beautiful camp setting at Mid South Youth Camp in Henderson. Many activities are just plain fun—swimming, roasting marshmallows, or spending time with new friends who have also experienced a loss.
Children will stay in secure, comfortable cabins.They will be matched one to one with a trained volunteer “buddy,” solely devoted to assist the child in all activities throughout the weekend. Meals are eaten together in the dining hall of the lodge. Children will sign in Friday around 5:00 p.m., and will complete the camp after our family memorial service Sunday around 10:00 a.m.
Children are given the opportunity at camp to express their grief through art, music, play and group/individual activities. They are encouraged to talk about the person, share stories and embrace memories. The trained staff and volunteers provide support and guidance for the camp goers. The weekend closes with a memorial service, including the children, parents/guardians, and siblings. Rain or shine, it is a safe, supportive and fun environment for children to continue their journey towards healing.
Camp Wings is provided free of charge. Applicants are considered on a first come, first serve basis.
To request an application or for further questions or information please contact:
Pat Bard, BSW
Hospice of West Tennessee
1804 Hwy 45 Bypass, Suite 100
Jackson, TN 38305
Social workers are available to help coordinate services for patients during treatment. They help locate resources and financial assistance which often includes guidance through the Social Security Disability process, obtaining health insurance, transportation issues, and finding medication assistance programs.
Contact: Kim Tucker, Support Services Manager – (731) 541-6388
Financial stress on patients already burdened with medical issues can feel overwhelming. The financial navigator can assist patients with their financial journey, as needed, including guiding the process of applying for financial assistance.
Contact: Jan Masoud – (731) 541-1718
Provides individuals, couples, and family counseling to address distress related to cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as anxiety and adjustment issues that may emerge after completion of treatment.
Contact: Sophia Fouche, Phys.D. — (731) 541-7615
NONDISCRIMINATION NOTICE STATEMENT
West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency or sex, including discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping or pregnancy in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by WTH directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which WTH arranges to carry out its programs and activities.
For further information about this policy, contact Amy Garner (731) 541-9914.