Breast Patient Navigator Earns Designation

Cheryl Gilbert, RN

Mercy Breast Patient Nurse Navigator Cheryl Gilbert, RN, has received the designation of certified breast patient navigator through the completion of the National Corsortium of Breast Center’s (NCBC) Breast Patient Navigator Program.

Gilbert is one of only three breast patient navigators in the state of Oklahoma who has been certified by the NCBC for both breast imaging and cancer management.

“Cheryl brought extensive experience to this position when she joined the Mercy breast cancer program several years ago,” said Alan Hollingsworth, M.D., medical director of Mercy Women’s Center. “The newly diagnosed breast cancer patient faces a maze of options with regard to diagnosis and treatment, and Cheryl has a mastery of the difficult issues that arise during this process, carrying on through long-term survivorship.  Her new certification provides more assurance that she and Mercy are dedicated to offering optimal breast cancer care.”

Gilbert’s role at Mercy Women’s Center is to help women navigate through the often overwhelming waters of breast care and breast cancer. She helps women coordinate appointments and treatments, anticipate insurance obstacles and find support groups, among other things. Gilbert provides information and compassion during one of the most difficult times of her patients’ lives.

“I have found my true niche in life as a nurse navigator,” said Gilbert. “Every person I serve has his or her own unique way of learning and approaching a decision or situation brought upon them. The individuals bring their own personality, culture, norms, values and objectives. Helping them navigate these new avenues in life in turn fulfills my God-given role as a servant of others.”

The certification program validates Gilbert’s knowledge and skills in navigating a breast patient through her breast care or breast cancer continuum of care. Gilbert’s choice to participate in this certification program shows her personal and professional commitment to providing quality care for her patients.

Gilbert received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University and her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Oklahoma Baptist University. She is certified in oncology nursing, CPR, chemotherapy and biotherapy instruction, in addition to her latest certification from NCBC.

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

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