Cancer center nurse earns certification

January 21, 2014 

Karen DuBois, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center's palliative care nurse navigator, has earned certification from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

The organization is the only one that offers specialty certification for all levels of hospice and palliative nursing care, a cancer center news release.

"Karen's accomplishment is a testament to her skill and expertise. She is one of very few RNs in the Tri-Cities region to hold the CHPN Board Certification. The skills and education gained through the attainment of her board certification provides additional benefits to patients in need of palliative care in our community," said Michele Caron, clinical services director for the cancer center, in the release.

She added in the release that the cancer center is "working closely with our partner hospitals, area physicians and other health care providers to provide the very best palliative care offered anywhere. Karen will be instrumental in this endeavor, working closely with our campus partner Columbia Basin Hematology & Oncology, through our Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Network membership, to grow our program into a community wide offering, providing the highest levels of palliative care for oncology patients and their families."

DuBois said in the release that, "the collaborative effort of area health care providers pays witness to the need for a community wide palliative care program. I am excited about the level of care we offer area patients and the expansion of our program as we tie into resources we have available through our Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Network Membership."

For more information about palliative care, contact DuBois at 737-3412.

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