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Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) Blog provides updates, organizational announcements, the latest in funding opportunities and information on upcoming conferences and symposiums. This blog also highlights inspiring patient stories and the accomplishments and achievements of DCI faculty and staff. Subscribers are invited to submit story ideas and other news of interest. Email submissions and feedback to Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, Duke Cancer Institute.

Float Nurse, Cancer Survivor Says A Change Does Him Good

The winds of change—they do blow. This is especially true for Kyle McMichael, RN, an oncology float nurse who on any given day can find himself at a different clinic, hospital floor or cancer center. “I like change,” said McMichael, 28, a native of Columbus, Ohio. “I enjoy that my day is rarely...

A Message To Our DCI Nurses

As we approach the final days of Oncology Nursing Month, I want to thank you for what you do each and every day. This year’s theme is the “The Art of Caring. The Science of Care.” What a wonderfully simple way to describe the complex care oncology nurses provide. You are there with your patients...

Boswell Named Manager Of Oncology Patient Education

Amy Boswell, MSN, RN, OCN, has been named to serve as manager of the Oncology Patient Education Program. "As manager, Amy will provide administrative direction for oncology patient education, including managing and coordinating the development, implementation, and evaluation of patient education...

Kane Named Certified Breast Care Nurse of the Year

Duke Cancer Center ambulatory care nurse Susan Kane, RN, BSN, CBCN, CNIII, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN) of the Year Award by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation — “chosen from among the best in the country as a shining example of...

Duke Nurse Turned Cancer Survivor

Bethany Clements, 54, has been an oncology nurse at Duke Cancer Institute for the past 25 years. Clements dedicated her career to helping others battling cancer, but in May 2011 she found herself facing her own personal battle with the disease. During one evening work shift, Clements, in an ironic...

Tidwell Named Director of Operations

Lisa Tidwell, MHA, FACHE, was recently named director of operations for Oncology Services at Duke University Hospital (DUHS). "In her new role, Lisa will provide overall administrative direction and coordination for the operational and financial management of oncology services at DUH for our...

Oncology Nurses Serve Up Meals Warming Body And Soul

Whether on the job, at home or beyond, compassion seems to be an essential characteristic that comes naturally for most nurses. Nowhere is this illustrated better than through the team of nurses manning Clinic 3-2 at Duke Cancer Center. When thoracic oncology medical assistant Suzanne Matkins, CMA...

Oncology Nurses Undergo Competency Revalidation

Once a year Duke Cancer Institute nurses undergo competency revalidation sessions. In October, oncology nurses visited competency stations where vital information was paired with games and memory exercises to ensure maximum recall when needed most. “Our annual competency revalidations confirm that...

FON Announces 2017 Nursing Excellence Award Winners

Since 1998, the DUHS Friends of Nursing (FON) Program has championed the careers and professional development of more than 1,000 Duke University Health System nurses. Each year Friends of Nursing hosts an annual gala in which “extraordinary” nurses from throughout the health system are recognized...

Jones Appointed Nurse Manager Of Operations

Jacqueline Jones , MSN, RN, CMSRN, was recently appointed nurse manager of operations for Medical Oncology Unit 9300. "We are very excited to have Jackie join our oncology team," said Michelle Hocutt, MSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC, interim clinical operations director for ABMT Clinic and Adult Oncology...

Therapy App Aims To Bust Stress

A cancer diagnosis can bring on feelings of anxiety, such as worry, fear, and sadness. For some, the feelings do not subside but worsen to affect daily life. When this happens a patient may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder usually associated with traumatic events...

She's Not Sure Whether The Outward Change Isn't More Sizable Within

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” No one understands better the benefits of a healthy lifestyle change than Cynthia Hoffman, RN, a triage nurse at Duke Cancer Center and a onetime self-proclaimed foodaholic. “Food had always been a source...

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