Deaconess Cancer Services’ nurse navigation program assists the patient and family through their cancer journey with compassion in a stress-free environment. Nurse navigators provide a full range of support services and can be a convenient, single point of contact between the entire care team. Their knowledge and special training in oncology and patient management makes them an integral member of your care from diagnosis through survivorship.
Your Oncology Nurse Navigator can:
Oncology Nurse Navigators
Terri Kempf BSN, RN, CN-BN
- 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 care team.
- Ensure your questions are answered and any care and health concerns are successfully resolved.
- Advocate for you and serve as a medically-knowledgeable friend who is committed to helping you through your cancer journey.
Breast Cancer Navigation
As the Breast Cancer 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. I assist with answering questions, big or small, by communicating with other disciplines or departments or in any other way needed, allowing you to focus on your treatment and self-care. 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 college. Since then, I’ve worked on a cardiovascular surgery unit, surgical oncology unit, and in home care and hospice. I returned to Deaconess in 2007 and accepted the Breast Cancer 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 a survivor, to advocate for coverage of breast cancer screenings.
Mariah Atkinson BSN, RN
Lung, Oral, Head, Neck Cancer 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. The barriers may include financial issues, transportation problems, communication, psychosocial challenges, 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 unit and oncology unit.
I joined the Deaconess family in 2012 and have worked in different aspects of oncology, including surgery, intensive care and outpatient infusion. I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Nursing -Clinical Nurse Specialist program at the University of Southern Indiana.