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Dec 26 2013
December Careers in Health Care: Cancer Health Navigators

Careers in Health Care is a monthly question-and-answer feature that profiles career opportunities. Candace Rutter, R.N., B.S.N., C.H.P.N., and Dana Sandoval, M.Ed., R.N., O.C.N., are cancer health navigators at the Carroll Regional Cancer Center. Candace has worked for the hospital for 5 ½ years, while Dana has been employed here for 1 ½ years.

To be considered for a navigator position at Carroll Regional Cancer Center, applicants must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing (B.S.N. preferred) and have 5 years of oncology nursing experience required, with outpatient setting experience preferred. Licensing and certification requirements include RN - Maryland/compact state; National Specialty Certification within 2 years of hire; ONS Chemotherapy Biotherapy Course within 1 year of hire; and American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Provider Required.

Q: What are your job responsibilities?

Candace: We provide education and support to cancer patients through their treatment process. We follow a group of patients from initial consult through treatment and survivorship, and we act as a resource to patients and families to help coordinate care.

Dana: We meet with new patients and their families at the time of diagnosis and provide information about their disease, appropriate testing and treatment. We support the patient and their family through treatment and help them identify appropriate resources to meet their physical and psychosocial needs.

Q: What do you like the most about your position?

Candace: I enjoy working with the patients and families and helping them through such a difficult time. The team here at the cancer center is great; everyone truly cares about the job they do and supports each other.

Dana: Working with the truly wonderful group of people in the cancer center. I also enjoy being able to be a caregiver and provide a sense of hope and comfort to patients and their families during a difficult time in their lives.

Q: What do you like most about working for the hospital?

Candace: I appreciate the supportive team, the resources available to support patients and the hometown, community feel of the hospital.

Dana: I have always felt supported here. The resources are always readily available and there is always someone willing to help.
Interested in working for Carroll Hospital Center or Carroll Health Group? Visit the hospital’s careers page or Twitter feed for job opportunities.

Interested in working for Carroll Hospital Center or Carroll Health Group? Visit the hospital’s careers page or Twitter feed for job opportunities.


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