Cancer Nurse Navigation
Receiving a cancer diagnosis and navigating the complex health care system during treatment can be overwhelming. At University Hospital, we offer you a nurse navigator to provide support and guidance at any point throughout your cancer care.
What is a nurse navigator?
A nurse navigator is a registered nurse who works with you throughout your cancer care. They are available to answer questions you may have and guide you through the health care system. They will work for you in overcoming barriers to receiving the care you need.
Our nurse navigators work closely with you and your cancer care team to:
- Access Care and Coordinate Appointments
- Provide Information on What to Expect and What Questions to Ask
- Access Additional Supportive Resources
- Facilitate Communication between the Healthcare Team
- Support You in Decision-Making
- Answer Questions About Your Plan of Care.
- Provide Educational Materials on your Diagnosis
Whether you have a new cancer diagnosis or a recurrence, our nurse navigators can help make sure you are set up with the appropriate providers for support and guidance. If you need any help or have any questions, they are available by phone, email, and appointment.
To contact one of the nurse navigators for questions or for more information, please call 706/774-4141.
Meet our Nurse Navigators
Megan Dabbs, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
Megan is a graduate of the University of South Carolina at Aiken and one of two Breast Health Nurse Navigators at University Hospital. Megan has been an employee of University Hospital since 2012 where began working on the inpatient oncology unit. Megan transitioned from her role as an Assistant Nurse Manager to the Breast Health Center in 2015. Holding the titles of Oncology Certified Nurse and Certified Breast Care Nurse, Megan is dedicated to serving the oncology population. She loves working as a nurse navigator because it affords her the opportunity to work closely with patients to ensure their needs are met on an ongoing basis and she is able to help patients advocate for themselves.
Kari Deloach, RN
An Augusta native, Kari earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1991. She returned to the CSRA shortly after college and has been working in various nursing fields including emergency, day surgery, hospice, and now oncology. She also earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University in 2012. A breast cancer survivor herself, helping women understand their breast cancer diagnosis and navigate through their treatment course is her passion.
Brooke Negrete, BSN, RN
Brooke has been a registered nurse, working in the oncology field, for five years. As the GI Navigator, she serves patients with gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. The cancers Brooke provides navigation services for are esophageal, stomach, pancreas, appendix, gallbladder, liver, colon, rectal, anal cancer. Brooke enjoys fostering meaningful relationships with her patients and believes this is important when navigating them through their cancer care. She attained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Clemson University.