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.
Lung, Genitourinary, Hematology/Oncology Nurse Navigator
Sophie Masternak, R.N., M.S.N.
Gastrointestinal, Melanoma, Head and Neck Oncology Nurse Navigator
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.
Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Navigator
UConn Health’s Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Navigator is available to coordinate care for those with a new diagnosis of a gynecologic cancer or an abnormal finding suspicious for a gynecologic cancer. The Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Navigator will help guide patients through their cancer journey from diagnosis to treatment and into survivorship. The Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Navigator supports patients by helping to remove barriers and obstacles that patients often encounter in the health care system. Working closely with our American Cancer Society Patient Navigator, social workers, dietitians and other medical disciplines, the Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Navigator is able to connect patients with resources that enable them to complete treatment and improve their quality of life.
Ashley is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. Prior to this role, Ashley worked on the Inpatient Oncology Unit at UConn John Dempsey Hospital. Most recently, Ashley was the gynecologic oncology surgical clinic nurse in the the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.