Archive | December 31, 2013

LMC Oncology Nurse Navigator Earns Prestigious National Award

Libby Daniels, RN, OCN, at Lexington Medical Center, second from the right.

Libby Daniels, RN, OCN, at Lexington Medical Center, second from the right.

ONE Award nominees are recommended by their peers for displaying leadership and compassion, and for their commitment to evidence-based practices. There were four finalists; the final vote of 2,350 determined the winner. AONN+ presented the award in front of 650 navigators at its 4th annual conference in Memphis, Tenn.

Daniels made a lasting impression on the colleague who nominated her. “Libby’s exceptional knowledge and patient skills became even more evident to me when the oncology experience became personal after my grandfather was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer,” the colleague shared. “Libby heard about my grandfather’s diagnosis, and even though he was not one of her patients, she immediately offered her assistance. Libby has been there for my whole family around the clock to offer information, guidance or a listening ear—clearly demonstrating that being an oncology nurse navigator is a way of life to her and not just a job. Some might say that oncology nursing is her ‘calling,’ and I would certainly agree.”

Daniels has been a nurse for more than 25 years. She began her career in health care as a pharmacy technician at a local drugstore. When the pharmacist became sick, Daniels would take care of him during and after her shifts. She realized how much she enjoyed caring for her first “patient” and decided to go into nursing. Daniels enrolled in nursing school and, as she says, “It was just the right fit.”

Today, Daniels is a general cancer nurse navigator. She helps newly diagnosed cancer patients on their journey through the treatment process by acting as their advocate, helping them schedule appointments and coordinating their care. She develops friendships with each one of her patients who are willing to accept her help as a navigator, and she says she learns something new from each patient. Daniels has “shed lots of tears” both alone and with her patients, and she feels that opening herself up in that way helps to make a strong connection with her patient.