As an oncology nursing professional, Angie considers herself a companion and supporter for people with cancer throughout their cancer journey—roles she finds both challenging and life-changing. She’s profoundly fulfilled by the gratitude she receives for her work and takes great pride in the person that her work has helped her become. She also gets excited when seeing the new data and drugs that are constantly emerging and improving outcomes in this ever-evolving field, because they’re all steps forward and toward the goal of conquering cancer.
At AccessHope, Angie really likes that our world-renowned oncologists responsively provide evidence-based recommendations to patients in any city and state, without requiring them to travel for a direct patient encounter. This remote model is actually why she started with our company, considering she previously worked as a nurse practitioner at an outpatient cancer center, where she witnessed many patients waiting numerous weeks to obtain a second opinion. “Cancer doesn’t wait, and cancer care can’t wait,” she asserted.
We wanted to hear more of Angie’s thoughts on her experience with our company and her life away from it, so we asked her a few questions.
What are the primary responsibilities of your role as our Senior QA Nurse Practitioner?
I quality-check each patient’s clinical summary written by our wonderful, expert nurses. I confirm that the patient’s oncologic history (e.g., pathology, scan findings, treatment names) is accurate based on the provided medical records. I also collaborate with our oncologists to ensure our expert reviews include the latest evidence-based recommendations, references, and clinical trials if any. I’m proud of what I do, as patients can only obtain the best cancer care with an accurate oncologic history.
What does a typical workday at AccessHope look like for you?
First thing in the morning, I check the case queue list for our Quality Assurance Nurse Practitioners, initiating those from our cancer specialists who have completed their reviews. I then review the patients’ clinical summaries with the provided medical records to ensure their accuracy before passing them along to our specialists. Meanwhile, I help our team collaborate with our specialists on special projects, such as creating templates for physicians, building smart phrases, and assisting with ROIs.
What's your favorite way that you contribute to the community as a nursing professional?
I’ve provided medical/nursing services to underserved populations, including those in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and different U.S. states such as the Navajo Nation. After the pandemic is over, I wish to resume with serving those in need.
What do you believe is your biggest contribution to the fight against cancer?
With a strong belief that “knowledge is power,” I strive to stay up-to-date on the latest findings in cancer treatments by attending oncology conferences, webinars, and self-learning sessions. Also highly interested in promoting quality of life for patients, I’ve completed a year of an online palliative care course on providing holistic, patient-centered care.
What's your favorite quote or motto?
I actually have several quotes that I hold dearly. A couple of them are, “Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart” and “The best view comes after the hardest climb.”
What's one fun fact about yourself?
I’m a Dodgers and Lakers fan! I also recently started playing golf and really enjoy it.