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Nurse Navigation

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:
  • 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.    

Oncology Nurse Navigators
Terri Kempf BSN, RN, CN-BN
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. 
Jessica Waggoner BSN, RN
Lung, Head & Neck Cancer Navigation

As the Lung, Head and Neck Cancer Nurse Navigator, I am here to help ease the transition into and through your cancer journey. I serve as a resource for patients and help reduce barriers to care, therefore allowing you to focus on your health and treatment. The barriers may include financial issues, transportation, communication, psychosocial challenges, and nutrition. My goal is to always treat the whole person, not just the cancer.  Caring for oncology patients is my passion and I am honored to assist you as your Oncology Nurse Navigator.

I graduated from Lincoln Trail College with an Associate’s degree of Science in Nursing, and later completed my Bachelor’s degree of Science in Nursing. I began my nursing career in 2003 at Deaconess Hospital on the Oncology/Pulmonary floor.  I then transitioned to the outpatient side of Oncology and became the Lead Infusion Nurse for Deaconess Clinic for 14 years.  In 2018, I accepted my current role as an Oncology Nurse Navigator.  Though my emphasis is on lung, head and neck cancers, I can assist any patient that may have needs. 
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