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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.

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...

Bolstered By Her Faith, DCI Nurse Readies For Mission Trip

Even after 23 years of nursing Heather Ebron knows caring for others is more than just a job. For her it’s a zealous pursuit extending beyond the walls of Duke Cancer Center — in fact, perhaps even to the outer ends of the earth. Heather Ebron, RN, BSN, OCN, a clinical nurse II, DCI Triage, will...

Slusser Appointed AVP/Chief Nurse

Kim M. Slusser, MSN, BSN, has been appointed assistant vice president, DUHS/Chief Oncology Nursing Services for Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University Health System. In her new role, Slusser is responsible for leading Nursing, Quality, Safety & Outcomes and Care Redesign, within the oncology...