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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.

Cancer Program Earns CoC Accreditation With Commendation

Duke University Hospital’s NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Program recently earned a three-year accreditation rating, with commendation , from the Commission on Cancer (CoC). Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated...

Personal Cancer Experience Drives Nurse’s Passion For Care

For her cancer patients, Valarie Worthy, MSN, RN, is a light in the dark. As a patient navigator for the Duke Cancer Center, Worthy helps patients with transportation, housing, childcare, therapy or spiritual support services while they’re undergoing cancer care. Her passion for helping patients...

Bowman To Receive Excellence In Cancer Nursing Education Award

Pamela Bowman, MSN, RN, OCN, Unit 9300, was recently named to receive the 2019 Mary Nowotny Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education Award from the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). “Receiving this national award is a great honor for me,” shared Bowman, who joined the 9300 Inpatient Unit 13 years ago,...

For North Durham Nurses, Mentorship Comes Full Circle

Starting around age eight, whenever she had a snow day or holiday, Kelly Murray, CNA, would come to work with her mother Nicki Coates, RN, OCN, CNIII. Murray would volunteer to pass out candy and sit and talk with cancer patients. Aside from a brief childhood dream of being a professional soccer...

FON Announces 2018 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...

A Message To Our DCI Nurses

As we approach the final days of Oncology Nursing Month, I want to thank you for what you do each and every day. This year’s theme is the “The Art of Caring. The Science of Care.” What a wonderfully simple way to describe the complex care oncology nurses provide. You are there with your patients...

Kane Named Certified Breast Care Nurse of the Year

Duke Cancer Center ambulatory care nurse Susan Kane, RN, BSN, CBCN, CNIII, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN) of the Year Award by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation — “chosen from among the best in the country as a shining example of...

Duke Nurse Turned Cancer Survivor

Bethany Clements, 54, has been an oncology nurse at Duke Cancer Institute for the past 25 years. Clements dedicated her career to helping others battling cancer, but in May 2011 she found herself facing her own personal battle with the disease. During one evening work shift, Clements, in an ironic...

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...

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