WELCOME & OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION: Lessons Learned: The AP's Role in Risk Management and Disaster Planning

Friday, November 2
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Grand Ballrooom

Learning Objectives:

Natalie J. Jackson, RN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner Melanoma Medical
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Natalie Jackson, FNP-C; board certified family nurse practitioner for the past 7 years since graduating in 2011 with her Master's degree from Texas Woman's University, currently working at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Medical Melanoma Oncology deparment. She has had the opportunity there to learn various treatments FDA approved and those still in clinical trials. These have included TVEC injections, intra-thecal IL-2 and Nivolumab and TIL protocols. Due to the reserach she has also been apart of publishing articles in multiple scientific journals. Natalie is a member of Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP), Houston Area Nurse Practitioners (HANP) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). She continues to expand her knowledge to better serve her patients in the course of their oncology care and journey.


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Kimberly D. Hicks, PharmD

Director of Pharmacy Services
HHCS Health Group of Companies

Dr. Kimberly Dawn Hicks has practiced pharmacy in the state of Florida for over 20 years. Dr. Hicks is presently serving as Director of Pharmacy Services with HHCS Health Group of Companies, LLC in Orlando; including Cystic Fibrosis & Freedom Specialty Pharmacies.
Dr. Hicks is licensed to practice pharmacy in the states of Florida, Oregon, Tennessee and South Carolina. Plus, she has successfully completed certificates in Clinical Applications of Pharmacogenomics and Veterinary Pharmacy and is a Certified Immunization Pharmacist for the State of Florida.
Dr. Hicks is committed to providing better outcomes and care for her patients. Her article “Focus on Hepatitis C: Bridging the Gap from New Drug Therapy to Successful Treatment” was published in Specialty Pharmacy Times.
Dr. Hicks has also served as moderator and guest editor for JADPRO's round table discussion on “The Role of the Advanced Practitioner in Maintaining Adherence in Patients on Oral Oncolytics.


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Alan Nguyen, LCSW, OSW-C

Social Work Counselor
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Alan Nguyen, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas where he works as a Social Work Counselor with patients in the Melanoma & Skin Center. He graduated with his Masters of Social Work from Baylor University in 2010. As a Social Work Counselor, Alan provides support to patients and their family. This can include individual and/or group counseling, providing education and assistance with completing Advance Directives, locating and accessing resources in the community, addressing home safety needs, as well as facilitating a Melanoma Support Group every month.


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Jennifer S. Webster, MN, MPH, RN, AOCNS®

Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Georgia Cancer Specialists affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute

Jennifer S. Webster, MN, MPH, RN, AOCNS® is an Oncology Clinical Specialist at Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, in Atlanta, Georgia. She is responsible for oncology staff development and education in a private practice of 50 physicians. She also oversees updates of the practice-wide chemotherapy protocols, supportive care guidelines, and clinical policies.

Ms. Webster earned her BSN degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and her MN and MPH degrees from Emory University in Atlanta. She is certified as an Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS®) through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.

Ms. Webster speaks frequently to health care audiences on topics related to oncology patient care. She is also a volunteer speaker to community groups about cancer prevention and treatment. She is Past-President of the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society and currently serves as the administrator of the Chapter website.


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Paula Anastasia, RN, MN, AOCN

Gyn-Onc Clinical Nurse Specialist
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Ms. Anastasia has been a Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist for 20 years and an oncology nurse for 30 years. She is currently working under the direction of Dr. Beth Karlan and colleagues at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her relationship with patients begins at diagnosis and is followed by education, genetic screening, clinical research trials, treatment, surveillance, recurrence, and palliative and end-of-life care. Ms. Anastasia has numerous publications in peer-reviewed nursing journals and books, and is a national public speaker on ovarian cancer, chemotherapy symptom management, and survivorship issues. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. Ms. Anastasia received her Master’s degree in nursing from UCLA and her undergraduate degree in nursing from Rush University in Chicago. Paula’s passion is educating nurses and patients about improving the quality of life with cancer.


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