Our breast cancer oncology nurse navigators are our patients’ advocate, helping to reinforce and support the physician/patient relationship. Their goal is to enhance your quality of life, provide a sense of autonomy and help you manage your own health.
Our mission is to provide you and your family with education, support and coordination to help journey through your care after a cancer diagnosis.
By guiding cancer patients with knowledgeable and supportive help, our oncology-trained nurse navigators improve care experiences, assist physicians and maintain quality outcomes.
The Oncology Nurse Navigator Role
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.
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.
Evie Hughes, RN, OCN, received her education from Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, it was early in her training that she experienced the deep and profound connection that occurs when caring for someone with cancer.
Evie has been practicing oncology nursing since 2010 and holds specialty certification in Oncology.
Evie supports patients at North Suburban Medical Center.
Aspen Wright, RN, BSN, attended the Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing as well as her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management. Prior to Nurse Navigation, Aspen worked as an RN in the Operating Room at another HealthONE hospital. While in this role, she worked with Breast Oncology patients as well as Orthopedics, ENT, and Burn patients. She views Nurse Navigation as an opportunity to connect with patients going through a difficult journey in life. She finds passion in walking alongside them, aiding them with education, resources, and a listening ear along the way.