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An Inspired Healer, Leader and Guide
September 30, 2017 – D.S.
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July 20, 2017 – Jill Vondrasek, MBA Marketing and Communications Director, Michigan State University College of Nursing
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July 15, 2017 – Abbey Brockman, RN, B.S.N., OCN Nurse Manager, Westwood Exam/Radiation Oncology, University of Kansas Cancer Center
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July 08, 2017 – Eileen Dwyer, RN
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July 01, 2017 – Jeffrey M. Farma, M.D. Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia
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June 25, 2017 – Fred Hardwicke, M.D. Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship Program Director, Texas Tech Medical Center — Department of Internal Medicine
My Charge Nurse, Teacher, Mentor, Co-Worker and Friend
June 24, 2017 – Geovanny Gomez, CNA Providence St. John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, California
Moving Mountains to Help Patients - and Staff
June 18, 2017 – Marci Dahl Office Manager, HMS Oncology
A Tireless Patient Advocate
June 16, 2017 – Svetomir Markovic, M.D., Ph.D. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
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June 08, 2017 – Gwendolyn Brack
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May 26, 2017 – Andy Seibert
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A Life Devoted to Patients With Cancer
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Dispelling the Cloud of Cancer
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An Inspired Healer, Leader and Guide
September 30, 2017 – D.S.
Going the Extra Mile for Patients With Cancer
September 24, 2017 – Elaine Suva-Bongiovi
My Oncology Nurse, the Sunshine in My Life
September 23, 2017 – Arlene McGrotty
Learning a New Level of Gratitude as a Patient With Cancer
September 17, 2017 – Emerald Cromwell
More Than Just a Patient With Cancer
September 16, 2017 – Steve Messiter
An Extraordinary Nurse Gave My Husband an 11-Year Lifeline
September 03, 2017 – Mona Amundson
Come With Me on My Cancer Journey With Trish
September 02, 2017 – Stuart Kremer, D.O.
My Oncology Nurse Gave Me a Birthday to Remember
August 26, 2017 – Lydia Conroy
My Oncology Nurse Is a Soul Healer
August 28, 2017 – Kelley Kramer
A Saving Grace in Cancer Care
August 20, 2017 – Julie Cox
The Heart, Soul and Laughter of Healing
August 19, 2017 – Bobbie Chew Bigby
The Oncology Nurse Who Goes There
August 13, 2017 – Danielle Burgess
I Thought My Oncology Nurse Was an Angel
August 12, 2017 – Connie J. Trotter
Appreciating the Hardest-Working Oncology Nurse I Know
August 06, 2017 – Kevin Dimit
Restoring My Faith in Medicine — and Humanity
August 05, 2017 – Kalia Douglas-Micallef
Joy: An Oncology Nurse Who Fits Her Name
July 30, 2017 – Susan Edgington
Dealing With the Pride and Toughness of a Soldier With Cancer
July 29, 2017 – Carol Kelly
Sharing a Special Bond With a Remarkable Oncology Nurse
July 23, 2017 – Blake Peterson
Bringing Hogwarts to the Oncology Unit
July 22, 2017 – Debra Jacobs
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July 20, 2017 – Jill Vondrasek, MBA Marketing and Communications Director, Michigan State University College of Nursing
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July 14, 2017 – Mollie Maggied, M.H.A., B.S.N., RN, CPN, ATC Assistant Nurse Manager, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital
Oncology Nurse Is in Tune With the Patient's Spirit
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Oncology Nurse Inspires Patients, Health Care Team
July 15, 2017 – Abbey Brockman, RN, B.S.N., OCN Nurse Manager, Westwood Exam/Radiation Oncology, University of Kansas Cancer Center
Putting Our Hearts Into Cancer Care
July 08, 2017 – Eileen Dwyer, RN
An Extraordinary Oncology Nurse: I Wish We Could Clone Her
July 01, 2017 – Jeffrey M. Farma, M.D. Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia
The Magic Fit of Oncology Nursing
June 25, 2017 – Fred Hardwicke, M.D. Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship Program Director, Texas Tech Medical Center — Department of Internal Medicine
My Charge Nurse, Teacher, Mentor, Co-Worker and Friend
June 24, 2017 – Geovanny Gomez, CNA Providence St. John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, California
Moving Mountains to Help Patients - and Staff
June 18, 2017 – Marci Dahl Office Manager, HMS Oncology
A Tireless Patient Advocate
June 16, 2017 – Svetomir Markovic, M.D., Ph.D. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Extraordinary Healer of the Soul and Body
June 08, 2017 – Gwendolyn Brack
Oncology Nursing Is Not Just a Job, It's a Calling
June 02, 2017 – Ellijah Legaspi
A Lifetime of Impact for Patients With Cancer
May 26, 2017 – Andy Seibert
Caring for Patients Always, Always, Always with a Smile
May 26, 2017 – Jennifer Littke
A Life Devoted to Patients With Cancer
May 26, 2017 – AN INTERVIEW WITH JANET SCHADEE, M.S.N.
The Front Line of Urologic Cancer
May 23, 2017 – George J.S. Kallingal, M.D., M.P.H. Major, MC, USA Staff Surgeon, Urologic Oncology, Brooke Army Medical Center
When Children Are Her Job
May 21, 2017 – AN INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA KOBS, RN
The Hero I Needed During Cancer
May 20, 2017 – Jackson Pagel
Oncology Found Her
May 19, 2017 – AN INTERVIEW WITH SARA SARGENTE, RN, OCN
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Helping Patients Fight Cancer With All Her Heart and Soul

An essay honoring SARA SARGENTE, RN, OCN [ORANGE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK]
BY Jayne O’Malley, RN, B.S.N., OCN Lung Cancer Patient Navigator and Manager of Navigation Services, Orange Regional Medical Center
PUBLISHED May 13, 2017
Sara Sargente, RN, OCN,
and Jayne O’Malley, RN, B.S.N., OCN
PHOTOS BY SALLY SOSLER
Sara Sargente, RN, OCN, and Jayne O’Malley, RN, B.S.N., OCN PHOTOS BY SALLY SOSLER
WHEN SARA SARGENTE MAKES a commitment, she does it with all her heart and soul. I met Sara about 10 years ago when she came to Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) as an infusion nurse. She was like a breath of fresh air, a wonderful oncology nurse with an excellent understanding of oncology and infusion therapy. Just as important, Sara was kind and gentle, and made our team stronger. Sara never wants to let anybody down. She is a perfectionist with a goal toward always doing her best for patients. She became Reiki-certified, and with healing hands and touch brought pain relief and relaxation to many patients.

In 2015, a position for a head and neck oncology nurse navigator was posted, and Sara jumped at the chance to expand her role within ORMC and help a particular patient population. To that role was added the position of forming the new Bloodless Surgery Program, with Sara becoming the bloodless surgery navigator. She had a great deal to learn, but she was up to the task. At the same time, she enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and is pursuing her B.S.N.

Sara became certified in blood management through the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management, and has been working intensely with surgeons, hematologists and other ORMC Bloodless Surgery Program leaders to create a program to make the community — including Jehovah’s Witness Society members and other patients who do not wish to receive blood or blood products — aware that our hospital has the ability to provide a safe and effective surgery program with or without the use of blood products. She has developed the knowledge, values and skills to work with the Jehovah’s Witness community, introducing herself to patients who choose to be included in the bloodless program, and providing reassurance that wishes will be respected and patients will receive exemplary care.

In her role as head and neck cancer nurse navigator, Sara helps patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer through a very difficult treatment course. Patients often receive complicated regimens of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, with challenging and sometimes painful side effects that need management. She aspired to learn extensively about head and neck cancer and the resources available. When patients are diagnosed, they are extremely anxious, and when Sara meets them during their consultation, her calming influence and caring attitude shines. She makes a commitment to be there for them and help them through their treatment and survivorship. Head and neck cancer often affects the ability to eat, drink and speak, and a person’s appearance. When you see how comfortable and cared for Sara makes patients feel, it is truly what the essence of being a nurse is all about.

She attends tumor board meetings and tracks down doctors, nurses, our nutritionist and other team members to make sure that the entire team is aware of a patient’s needs. She provides education, support and the means to get the help that each patient needs by working tirelessly to make sure that they have such things as enteral feeding equipment, grants for financial assistance, prescriptions, dental or surgical referrals — and the list goes on. She goes to physician appointments outside of the hospital we work in with patients to show them that she is there for them. She distributes hugs and good wishes, and is also the facilitator of the Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)/ORMC Head and Neck Cancer Support Group. Sara goes that extra mile to help those who have been impacted by head and neck cancer, whether it be short term or over the long term. There is nobody I would rather have by my side if I ever had to deal with a cancer diagnosis than Sara.

I honestly do not know how Sara does all that she does. Not only does she have multiple responsibilities outside of the home, she also has a wonderful husband and four children ages 4 to 19 who need her attention. There are many nurses and coworkers who do not work outside of their eight-hour days, but Sara never stops or says “no,” especially when it involves a patient. She meets patients at 7 a.m. or 6 p.m.; it is never about Sara, it is always about others. A nurse navigator’s job at ORMC is 24/7. We care about our patients and provide them with our cell phone numbers, and let them know that they can call us at any time. Whether a midnight phone call or a text on vacation, Sara never hesitates to help and support her patients.

She is also the president of the local chapter of our Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), and since she has become president, the organization has raised tens of thousands of dollars and instituted a grant program, ONS “Acts of Kindness,” providing $100 gas cards or grocery cards for patients in need. She is instrumental in many of the fundraisers that are needed to keep the program going. Sara also is on the Citizens Reunited to Overcome Cancer (CROC) Grant Approval Board, which helps local oncology patients with financial support.

I received a phone call from an oncology family in distress this Christmas, who had no money and could not provide a Christmas tree, gifts or even food for their family. One phone call sharing that information with Sara was all it took. Through her efforts, our local chapter was able to “adopt” this family and provide a Christmas filled with food, presents and love. She met me in Sullivan County (about 40 minutes away), never hesitating for even one minute to provide that gift to this family. That is just one example of the many things Sara does. She’s someone who never stops caring and trying to make the world a better place, a true oncology nurse who I feel blessed to work with and know.
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