“It’s challenging but also very rewarding” – Nurse Navigator Shares Her Experience

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Whether it’s a nurse navigator at Elliot Health System or a cancer care coordinator at Southern New Hampshire Health, experts from SolutionHealth are with their patients throughout the entire cancer journey. From diagnosis to survivorship, they offer a single point of contact to help patients through this challenging time.

“As a nurse navigator, I’m honored to have the opportunity to build strong relationships with patients and their families. My hope is that I can help minimize the stress and anxiety that accompany a cancer diagnosis. The best part of my role is getting to know patients on a personal level. I treat my patients like family and want them to know I am always here for them. Although it can be challenging, it’s very rewarding to have a positive impact on patients during such a difficult time in their lives,” Samantha Diaz, a nurse navigator at the Solinsky Center for Cancer Care at The Elliot, explains.

Diaz has been a nurse for eight years, and a nurse navigator for about four years. She is certified in oncology nurse navigation.

Diaz wants patients to know, “Cancer does not define you, it’s only a part of your journey. Lean on your care team, family, and friends for support. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or for help. Cancer is overwhelming, but remember, knowledge is power. I always encourage patients to participate in their care. I want to ensure patients are making informed decisions and that their treatment plan is tailored to their goals.”

Diaz and fellow nurse navigator, Katie Hall, are helping to build the new nurse navigator program at the Solinsky Center for Cancer Care at The Elliot.