As a nurse practitioner, my role is to provide clinical and supportive care to pediatric neuro-oncology patients and families. I take on the challenge of coordination of care for neuro-oncology patients in hopes that I can help bring a sense of normalcy back to their lives. I actively share in the role of 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 specialty in oncology is neuro-oncology, so I primarily work with children with brain tumors and other central nervous system disorders. I began here at CHOP in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist in the oncology clinic and after three years transitioned to a nurse practitioner role in the outpatient setting. I have now transitioned to the inpatient setting, caring for patients with various types of brain tumors in an acute care setting. My interests include improvements in patient safety and satisfaction.
During the time that I have worked in pediatric oncology, I have been most impressed by the spirit of pediatric oncology patients. The sheer determination and hope I see is an inspiration to give it all that I can.
2007, Nursing Employee of the Month, June 2007, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
Oncology Nursing Society
Doell J. Safe things come in mini packages [poster presentation]. Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses 34th Annual Conference; 2010 Oct 14-16; Minneapolis, MN.