Nurse Navigators

Deaconess Cancer Services nurse navigators work with breast cancer, colon cancer and lung cancer patients. They serve as a convenient, single point of contact between the entire Deaconess Cancer team and you and your family.  Terri, Claire, and Mariah's knowledge and special training are available to you from the first moment of diagnosis to help with any questions you might have. They can explain unfamiliar terms and concepts, guide you through the entire treatment process and help you take advantage of the many resources available to you.

Oncology Nurse Navigators

Terri Kempf

Terri Kempf BSN, RN,CN-BN
Breast Cancer Navigation

As the Breast Nurse Navigator, I see the fear and uncertainty on the faces of my patients. My desire is to be by your side as you start your journey and through treatment. I am here for you and your family. If I can assist with answering questions, big or small, by communicating with other disciplines or departments or in any other way that your situation presents then you can focus on getting your treatment in a timely manner. Although my focus is on breast cancer, I assist any cancer patient who may have navigation needs.

I graduated from the University of Evansville with my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and worked on the surgical oncology unit at Deaconess during those 4 years. My experiences include working on a cardiovascular surgery unit, surgical oncology unit, home care and hospice. I returned to Deaconess in 2007 and accepted the Breast Nurse Navigator position in 2011. I received my certification of Certified Navigator - Breast Nurse (CN-BN) in 2012. I was selected to go to Washington DC in 2015, along with one of my survivors, to advocate for breast cancer screenings. 

Claire Sutherby

Claire Sutherby BSN, RN,CMSRN
Survivorship and Colon Cancer Navigation

Survivorship begins the day of diagnosis.  At the completion of treatment, your nurse navigator will prepare and finalize your individualized Survivorship Care Plan.  This is a detailed plan that summarizes your treatment and the plan for your continued surveillance over the next five years.  This plan will keep your medical team on track for your continued monitoring and care. 

Sometimes patients can feel alone after they are done with treatment since they have been so used to coming to the doctor on a routine basis.  I hope to alleviate that feeling and make a difference in the way patients and families feel after completing their treatment.

Remember, you are never alone in this journey; I am only a phone call away. 

My passion is working with, and helping oncology patients.  I graduated from the University of Evansville with my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, and I have been working in Oncology since 2009 at Deaconess.  I hold my certification as a Certified Medical Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN), and am working to obtain my Masters of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Southern Indiana. 
Mariah Atkinson

Mariah Atkinson BSN, RN
Lung, Oral, Head, Neck Navigation

Being diagnosed with cancer can be difficult to process. As an Oncology Nurse Navigator, I am here to help ease the transition into and through your cancer care. I serve as a resource for patients and help reduce barriers to care by connecting the patient to local and national resources. Such barriers may include: financial, transportation, communication, psychosocial, and nutrition. Caring for oncology patients is my passion and I am honored to assist you as your Oncology Nurse Navigator.

I graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a minor in Gerontology. I completed a nurse residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and worked there for two years on an Inpatient Medicine Telemetry and Oncology floor.

I joined the Deaconess family in 2012 and have worked in different aspects of oncology, including: surgery, intensive care unit, and outpatient infusion. I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist program at the University of Southern Indiana.

Your Oncology Nurse Navigator can:

  • Help you and your family understand your diagnosis and treatment options
  • Ensure you have the information you need to actively participate in your own care: empowering you to make informed decisions
  • Coordinate your care with your medical team
  • Enhance your communication with your interprofessional care team
  • Ensure your questions, concerns and clinical issues are successfully resolved
  • Advocate for you and serve as a medically knowledgeable friend who is committed to helping you through your cancer journey