Patient Nurse Navigators

Nurse Navigator

The Nurse Navigator is a nursing professional who provides support for patients and families from the difficult time of diagnosis, through every step of their treatment. The Nurse Navigator services are available to patients with a variety of cancer diagnoses, and works closely with the Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator. The Nurse Navigator helps patients and families navigate through UConn Health’s multidisciplinary system, eliminate or reduce barriers to cancer care, coordinate appointments within the Cancer Center and UConn Health, learn more about their diagnosis and treatment, and utilize local resources and support.

All patients with suspicious findings should receive a timely resolution to those findings through diagnoses and treatment. This will result in better outcomes and improved patient satisfaction. For health care professionals, the value is in better patient preparedness, improved collaboration among health professionals, and more efficient use of clinical involvement and identification of service gaps.

Wendy Thibodeau, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N.

Wendy Thibodeau, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N.
Phone: 860-692-8455
Fax: 860-676-3434
Email: wthibodeau@uchc.edu

Breast Nurse Navigator

UConn’s Breast Nurse Navigator is a nursing professional who is dedicated to coordinate the clinical, educational and supportive needs of our patients who are either facing a possible breast cancer diagnosis or newly diagnosed with breast cancer. The Breast Nurse Navigator is here to help you and your loved ones navigate along the way.

The Breast Nurse Navigator serves as a consistent and knowledgeable clinical resource to assist patients throughout their course of treatment. She coordinates care between health care providers (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, physician’s office) and connects patients and families to resources for disease management or treatment-related problems. She identifies the educational needs of patients and families and ensures that these needs are met.

Thanks to support from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and other national groups, as well as generous support from the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, our team is also engaged in exciting research to improve breast cancer diagnoses, treatments and prevention strategies.

Molly Tsipouras, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N., CPBN-IC

Molly Tsipouras, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N., CPBN-IC
Phone: 860-480-1981
Fax: 860-676-3437
Email: mtsipouras@uchc.edu