As a nurse practitioner, my role is to work with the medical and nursing teams to provide clinical and supportive care to our pediatric oncology patients and their families during their time on the inpatient unit. As a member of the Hematologic Malignancy group at CHOP, I primarily work with leukemia and lymphoma patients.
I am able to provide care as the front-line provider to oncology patients who are inpatients for chemotherapy. As one of the consistent front-line clinicians, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to build strong relationships with many of our patients and their families. I am also part of the multidisciplinary team that works to provide all-inclusive education for newly diagnosed patients and their families as they navigate a diagnosis, underlying disease and the treatment to be provided. I value the time I get to spend with a family teaching them about their child's diagnosis, treatment, and side effects of therapy.
I am interested in improving symptom management of the patients receiving chemotherapy, and integrating comprehensive supportive care into the medical care we routinely provide. I also enjoy educating staff nurses and nurse practitioner students, as well as any opportunities, to share my knowledge with others. I have also worked with unit-based committees as we continue to strive to provide the best care to our patients and families.
Throughout my years in pediatric oncology, I have been amazed by my patients and their families. Their unwavering strength and ability to overcome all obstacles are truly inspiring. I find myself learning every day and hope to integrate each moment into my clinical and professional practice.