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At left, clinical trial nurse Leighanne Hartman has a white labcoat and mask on. Elle Charnisky in a baseball cap and t-shirt is showing her photos while receiving a chemotherapy infusion.
Leighanne Hartman, MSN, RN, AGNP-C, CHPN, CCRC, the clinical research nurse assigned to the MOUNTAINEER trial on day one (2017) made a special trip to see Elle at her infusion appointment on June 10, 2021. It had been over two years since they’d last seen each other and they had a lot to catch up on — new dogs, growing kids, and summer plans. For Hartman, the experience of working on MOUNTAINEER for two years and meeting Elle inspired a career change. In 2019, she went back to school to earn nurse practitioner certification so she could engage with more hands-on patient care.“Upon first meeting Elle, she gave off such a positive attitude, exuding optimism, while calling on her faith to sustain her. I was in awe of Elle’s determination to live her life, resolute in finding a treatment to prolong her life and put her cancer in remission,” said Hartman, who now works on Unit 9300, an inpatient unit for critically ill cancer patients.