Jacqueline is an oncology nurse to the core. She spends every day all day and plenty of her evenings and weekends caring for her oncology patients. Her patients are so very sick, they and their families need her kind and compassionate touch to help them through such devastating times. Jacqueline is the nurse navigator for our patients with brain cancer, head and neck cancer, and prostate cancer. Of course, she will also care for any oncology patient who needs her. Jacqueline is intelligent, kind, and compassionate. In addition to her work with her patients, Jacqueline participates with several hospital committees working diligently to assure that AAMC is delivering the very best care to our patients. She worked to obtain her BSN, thus ensuring that she is able to deliver the most up to date educational information to her patients. She participates in many weekend activities which support AAMC and specifically the DeCesaris Cancer Institute. She also participates several times per year in national walks and rallies to support cancer care in general. Jacqueline’s daily activities are the embodiment of a true DAISY Nurse.
Jacqueline had two recent patient interactions which really stand out as demonstrating her dedication to her patients. Jacqueline recently cared for a homeless patient with head and neck cancer. The patient was very sick and had so many needs. She arranged for the patient to obtain consults with the many providers who would be needed to care for him. She cleared her schedule to attend his physician appointments with him as he was very paranoid and afraid of health care providers. She guided him through the system assisting him with appointments, social work interventions, medications, diagnostic procedures, and scans. Jacqueline also recently was able to arrange for a naval midshipman to obtain his needed chemotherapy infusion while he was deployed in Guam. This entailed a great deal of investigation and unusual medical orders and maneuvering, however, she was able to make it happen and the patient's therapy was not compromised by his need to travel to serve his country. These are just two small examples of the compassionate contributions to patient and family care that she provides daily.