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:
Oncology Nurse Navigators
Terri Kempf BSN, RN, CN-BN
- 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.
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.
Kelsey Beasley BSN, RN, OCN
G.I. Oncology Nurse Navigator
Patients diagnosed with GI cancers require focused coordination. As the GI Cancer Nurse Navigator, I am here for our patients and family members from diagnosis through treatment and survivorship. I provide education and support to help understand the GI diagnosis and treatment options. My goal is to help manage unfamiliar steps of a complicated cancer diagnosis. I communicate with other departments and assist with questions throughout a patient’s journey.
I graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with my bachelor’s degree in nursing and worked on the surgical oncology unit at St. Vincent. I transferred to Deaconess in 2015 and have worked in radiation and the infusion center at the Chancellor Center for Oncology. I developed the GI Oncology Nurse Navigator position while obtaining my Oncology Nurse Certification in 2020.
Jessica Waggoner BSN, RN, OCN
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 of Science degree in Nursing and later completed my Bachelor of Science degree 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 14 years, gaining a vast knowledge of chemotherapy. In 2018, I accepted my current role as an Oncology Nurse Navigator. To continue my comprehension of serving Oncology patients as a whole, I become an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) in 2020. Though my emphasis is on lung, head and neck cancers, I can assist any patient that may have needs.
Oncology Nurse Navigator-Henderson
As the Henderson oncology nurse navigator, I will help you through your cancer journey. With a new cancer diagnosis, fear and anxiety can tag along. I will be by your side during your journey and will help to answer any questions, big or small; to explain procedures and processes; share resources and offer comfort when needed. I will help you navigate through this process by coordinating your care with other disciplines and departments so that you can focus on treatment and self-care. I assist any cancer patient who may have any navigation needs by addressing any barriers that may delay their care.
I graduated from Henderson Community College with an Applied Science in Nursing degree in 2006 and obtained my bachelor's degree in nursing in 2016 from Western Governors University. I have worked in oncology since 2006, starting on the inpatient surgical/oncology floor and transferring to Infusion services in 2012. I received my certification as an Oncology Certified Nurse in 2019. My goal is to provide the community I live in the best possible assistance and support in cancer care services that I can.