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Darcy has over 30 years of experience as an oncology nurse serving in a variety of roles. She is currently the Survivorship Nurse Navigator at the Helen F Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute. In addition to her clinical experience, she has held leadership positions in the local and national Oncology Nursing Society and has authored articles, book chapters, and has presented locally and nationally on numerous oncology topics. Darcy is passionate about mentoring new oncology nurses and helping patients maximize their quality of life.
Beth Thompson is the Nurse Navigator/Educator in the LiveWell Center for Young Women with Breast Cancer at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. In this role, she provides education and support to women age 45 and younger and their families, recognizing the unique experience of young adults and families living through and with cancer. Following many years of critical care nursing, Beth was a busy wife and mother of four when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40, and finds these personal and professional experiences invaluable in her education and support of patients and families in crisis. She is especially passionate about patient advocacy and giving voice to the patient experience. Follow her on Twitter @BreastCaUnder45
Matthew Bixler Eland, RN, BSN, is very fortunate. He has been given the opportunity to help many people by very different means. He has worked as an emergency department nurse at trauma-certified hospitals in two different states and has cared for patients in crisis during major health events. Currently, Matt is helping people in a different way. He works for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Austin, Texas, with a specialized interest in oncology rehabilitation. He is excited to help oncology patients understand that this is not your new normal.
Pam McMillan a native to the Texas Panhandle is a registered nurse, wife and mother. During her career she has developed a passion for serving those suffering from cancer. Her current role is leading the survivorship program on behalf of the Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation. She continues to serve those individuals and families across the region that are affected by cancer. Follow her on Twitter @pammo10
Anna Skripnik Lucas RN, BSN, DNC and Kathryn Ciccolini RN, BSN, OCN, DNC are highly specialized oncodermatology research nurses working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Privy to exclusive knowledge, skill, expertise and access to the unique patient population, Anna and Kathryn are clinical experts in both fields. Both Kathryn and Anna are professionally and academically interlaced with various organizations and are points of contacts for several journals. Anna has earned her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Pace University and is pursuing her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) at Duke University in oncodermatology. Kathryn is also earning her MSN as an Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at New York University and plans to earn her DNP specializing in oncodermatology.
Virginia LeBaron is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She holds advance practice certifications as an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP-BC) and in palliative care (ACHPN) and oncology nursing (AOCN). Virginia has been engaged in global health work since 2004 when she joined the Palliative Access Team of the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research. She is passionate about improving the delivery of oncology palliative care services in low-and-middle income countries and supporting nurses who care for patients with advanced cancer. Virginia spent 9 months in India as a Fulbright Fellow studying cancer care at a government hospital, and is working on publishing a book related to her research.
Susan Krigel, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Midwest Cancer Alliance. Her cancer-related career has spanned 10 years, and began when she worked as a Cancer Information Specialist for the National Cancer Institute. In her role at the Midwest Cancer Alliance, she utilizes her clinical and research skills to create and conduct programs with cancer patients across Kansas and western Missouri, focusing on improving the quality of life during survivorship. Programs are delivered both in person and via telemedicine. She also participates in professional development programs for healthcare providers.
Carol Bush, BS, RN, is a nurse consultant, blogger and social media Community Manager at The Social Nurse. An oncology nurse activist, she has a passion for helping nurses advance clinical practice by mastering digital tools. At home, Carol loves gardening, cooking, watching college basketball and playing with her granddaughter. Connect with Carol via Twitter @cbushrn or @TheSocialNurse
Michele Longabaugh is a wife, a mother of three children, a registered nurse and a small business owner in the Midwest. In February 2010, she was diagnosed with stage IV anal cancer. She hopes to shatter the stigma and fight the loneliness that accompanies this devastating type of cancer. Follow her on Twitter at @CrazyAssCancer
Lindy J. Jones is a Board Certified Acute Care Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of experience in the nursing field. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Immaculata University, then went on to earn her Master of Science degree in Nursing from University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining St. Mary Comprehensive Urologic Specialists - Langhorne, she has worked as both a House Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department and also as a Critical Care Staff Nurse at St. Mary Medical Center.
Alene is an oncology nurse, author of Navigating the C: A Nurse Charts the Course for Cancer Survivorship Care, Blue Bayou Press, 2018. She is a cancer exercise trainer & health coach, and is CEO/Founder of Cancer Harbors®.
Jennifer Brown, RN, BSN, CPN, CPHON is the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Nurse for a Cancer Survivorship Center in the Texas Panhandle. She has worked as a pediatric nurse for 16 years, taking care of pediatric hematology/oncology/stem cell transplant patients in some capacity her entire career. Having been a caregiver to two family members with cancer, Jennifer is dedicated to raising awareness for all types of cancer.
Donna Clark, RN, BSN, OCN, is a certified, well-seasoned, oncology nurse, but was new to role of oncology patient when she was diagnosed in 2014 with advanced endometrial cancer, now in remission. This "dual citizenship" has deepened her empathy and resolve to inspire nurses and their oncology patients. She believes God charted her course as a youngster, including caring for both parents who had cancer. As a clinic nurse at Mitchell Cancer Institute in Fairhope, Alabama, she is also active in the Oncology Nursing Society as a leader in her local NW FLA ONS Chapter. Follow Donna on Twitter @lynnm7417 and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/donna-clark-8b75522a/)
Kristen has been a nurse for 23 years. She has spent more than a decade in oncology, working in an outpatient ambulatory clinic caring for adult cancer patients at Lahey Health in her home community of Gloucester, MA. She is co-founder of the hospital's Reiki program, which has provided free Reiki to patients and the community for 10 years. She was drawn to oncology after seeing the impressive care provided to her grandmother during her lung cancer treatments.
Laura Rutledge, MA, RDN, CSO is an Assistant Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Nutrition Sciences. She is a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist with over 25 years of experience in hospital clinical dietetics, outpatient oncology, and weight management. In addition to teaching, Laura works with oncology patients and those with chronic disease in a survivorship and supportive care clinic. Laura recently developed www.NourishingPLate.com as a resource to provide evidence-based nutrition information and healthy recipes for cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship.
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