As a nurse practitioner, my role is to provide clinical and supportive care to pediatric oncology patients and families. My passion is educating patients and families about their child’s disease, treatment and side effects of treatment. I also enjoy educating and sharing my knowledge with the nursing staff. The nurse practitioners at CHOP are an integral part of the medical and nursing teams and provide consistency for patients and families.
My area of specialty is solid tumors. I have worked in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, caring for patients with various types of solid tumors. I assisted in the development of the solid tumor intake service and have worked to help patients and families come to CHOP for either second opinions or treatments that are not offered at other institutions.
My research interests include the development of new therapies for pediatric solid tumors, patient safety and pain management. During the time that I have worked in pediatric oncology, what has impressed me most is the resilience of pediatric oncology patients.
Selected Publications, Honors and Professional Activities
Awards and honors
2009, Mayor Proclamation honoring The University of Pennsylvania Pediatric Acute/Chronic and Pediatric Oncology Nurse Practitioner Students and Sayre High School Students for Academically Based Community Service
2009, Citation, Philadelphia City Council, Honoring Loyal Dedication to the Penn/Sayre Partnership
Memberships in professional organizations
2008-present, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APON)
Friedman T, Brant D, Bremhorst E, Chapman E, Gatti L, Holmbert T, et al. Learning from the community: nurse practitioner students and high school students collaborate to address the public health issue of obesity and diabetes in children. Program and Abstracts of the 25th Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference; 2009 Jun 25-27; Orlando, FL.
- Education and Training
MSN - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Certified Basic Life Support (BLS) InstructorCertified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Acute/Chronic Care (PNCB)Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON)
BSN - The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
- Titles and Academic Titles
- Centers and Programs