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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.

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...

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...

Camp Kesem Recruiting Nurse Volunteers

Founded in 2000 at Stanford University in Stanford, in Stanford, California, Camp Kesem operates free summer camps for children who have been touched by a parent's cancer. Camp Kesem has expanded to now include 80 chapters in 38 states. Camp Kesem at Duke will host this year’s camp at the Keyauwee...

After Forty-Two Years In Nursing, Bryant To Retire

While enrolled as a sophomore at William Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina, Frances "Fran" Bryant suffered a severe bout of appendicitis. When antibiotics failed to bring relief, Bryant, who had yet to declare a major, was forced to undergo surgery. Having at one time considered becoming a...

DCI's Gosselin Assumes Duke Hospital CNO Position

When she began her nursing career, Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, AOCN, the new chief nursing and patient care services officer for Duke University Hospital (DUH), chose right away to specialize in oncology. As a student nurse in her native Boston, she had worked with many cancer patients. Why cancer? “...

DeBaun Promoted To Nurse Manager

Kimberly A. DeBaun, who joined Duke in 2009, was recently promoted to nurse manager for Level 00 of the Duke Cancer Center. A native of New York, DeBaun received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Winston-Salem State University in 2014. She received an associate degree in nursing from...

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