South County Health Oncology Nurse Navigator Named 2016 Oncology Nurse of the Year

SCH Leah's Award Ceremony #13

WAKEFIELD, RI – The Oncology Nursing Society—Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts chapter—named Leah Arsenault, oncology nurse navigator at South County Health, the 2016 Oncology Nurse of the Year. She was awarded on Saturday, March 12 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.

Oncology Nurse of the Year is presented annually to recognize an oncology nurse who shows the highest level of nursing excellence along with compassion and skill to care for cancer patients and their families. Arsenault has been a member of the local chapter for more than ten years, and is the former president.

Arsenault serves as South County Health’s oncology nurse navigator, guiding patients from diagnosis through treatment. She acts as a source of knowledge and support for patients and their families. Arsenault is chemotherapy/biotherapy certified and has received a national certification in oncology nursing. She is also an end-of-life education consortium teacher.

“Being an oncology nurse navigator means I’m a continuous point of contact and support for cancer patients and their caregivers,” said Arsenault. It includes patient education, advocacy, care coordination and system navigation. My goal is to improve the cancer care experience for each of my patients.”

To be chosen as Oncology Nurse of the Year, a person must be nominated and then selected by the community. Numerous letters of recommendations and nominations were submitted by healthcare professionals, cancer patients, survivors, and the community highlighting the exceptional care, compassion, and life-changing work Arsenault provides.

SOUTH COUNTY HEALTH is the preeminent resource for health in Washington County, RI, and beyond. Supporting community-based initiatives that improve health, it encompasses five healthcare entities: South County Hospital, South County Home Health, South County Medical Group, South County Quality Care, and South County Surgical Supply. Together, they provide a continuum of care and comprehensive range of advanced inpatient, outpatient and home health services.

Our vision: To forge extraordinary connections with our community that support health at every stage of life.

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