December 21, 2010 -
Olympic Medical Cancer Center’s Kathryn Orth, RN, recently earned her oncology nursing certification through the Oncology Nursing Society. She is now an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN).
An Oncology Certified Nurse is a specialist in the cancer care field that provides support for patients undergoing cancer treatments. All of the registered nurses at Olympic Medical Cancer Center will be certified as such a specialist within the next year.
To earn this advanced certification, Orth proved her knowledge of cancer care by passing the Oncology Nursing Certification exam. To qualify to take the exam, Orth had to meet the eligibility requirements of a minimum of 1,000 hours of oncology nursing care practice.
“Kathryn is a wonderful asset and I am proud to have her on our team,” says Kay C Hobbs, RN, Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN), and nursing supervisor at Olympic Medical Cancer Center. “Kathryn’s achievement of the oncology nursing certification proves her in-depth knowledge of the many issues involved in providing care for patients with cancer.”
“The physician staff at Olympic Medical is delighted with the nursing care our patients receive,” says Thomas Kummet, MD, medical oncologist and medical director at Olympic Medical Cancer Center. “Ms. Orth’s OCN designation is another demonstration of the willingness of our staff to provide care that is second to none right here on the Peninsula.”
Orth earned her nursing degree from University of Anchorage, Alaska, in 2005 and has been a registered nurse with Olympic Medical Cancer Center since December 2008.
“In working to acquire this certification I have greatly expanded my knowledge in providing quality cancer care,” says Orth. “It is our job at Olympic Medical Cancer Center to offer the best health care possible to our patients and this certification enhances my ability to do that.”
The world-class Thomas Family Cancer Center in Sequim conveniently houses radiation oncology and medical oncology under one roof. Services include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, infusion services, hematology, dietary services, PET/CT and an onsite pharmacy, as well as a resource room for patients and their loved ones. Olympic Medical Cancer Center is proud of its ability to offer oncology specialized nursing to its patients, something many cancer centers struggle to achieve.
In addition to the services offered locally, Olympic Medical Center’s affiliation with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) brings the resources of three internationally renowned institutions to the community: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medicine, and Seattle Children’s. Through this partnership with the SCCA, patients have access to clinical trials; offering patients access to the latest cancer therapies before they become widely available.
For more information on Olympic Medical Cancer Center services, please call (360) 683-9895.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.