Past Attendees Biography

Penny Daugherty

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, USA


Titile: Gynecologic oncology nurse navigation …..I am woman

Penny Daugherty, RN, MS, OCN, ONN-CG
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, USA
Description: The purpose of this presentation is to provide a portal into the unique and intimate partnership between the Oncology Nurse Navigator (ONN) and patient as they traverse the journey from initial diagnosis of cancer throughout the continuum of care into survivorship. This session will define the various diagnoses classified as gynecologic malignancies, addressing the discreet nuances of each disease, including recognition and management of specific short and long-term side effects associated with individual syndromes and treatment modalities. Conventional and targeted therapies will be reviewed, as well as dialogue in assisting patients in the selection of integrative approaches to their care throughout the gamut of active treatment and into survivorship.
  • Describe the significance of the various disease entities that encompass the scope of gynecologic malignancies.
  • Define the role of clinicians through the cancer continuum for the gynecologic oncology patient as well as their caregivers.
  • Identify barriers to optimal patient/caregiver quality of life in order to evaluate successful strategies to assist individual intrinsic outcomes for patients and caregivers.
  • Summarize the exploration of issues related to sexual side-effects and body image dysfunction of treatment and identify therapeutic methodology for assessment and intervention.
  • Gain insight and provide multifaceted resources into supplements, nutrition, relaxation and rebalancing awareness to assist in diminishing physical as well as spiritual destabilization.


Penny is currently the Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Navigator (ONN) at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute in Atlanta, GA. She also works with Head and Neck patients as well as providing ongoing education to oncology nurse interns. She has been in this position for 9 years. Prior to that, she was the Clinical Research Director of Southeastern Gynecologic Oncology for 10 years where she coordinated and assisted in writing Investigator Initiated trials, and participated in the ONS team to create the first Core Competencies for Clinical Trial Nurses.

She was a co-editor/ contributing author of the first comprehensive textbook on Oncology Nurse Navigators, Oncology Nurse Navigation, Delivering Patient-Centered Care across the Continuum, published by ONS in the summer of 2014, as well as the companion book, Oncology Nurse Navigation Case Studies, published in spring, 12017.

She was a co-editor of the Scenarios in Navigation column in Nursing News from 2014 to 2018 and is currently co-editing a new Scenarios in Navigation column in Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship and currently serves as Co-Chair of the AONN+ Conference Planning Committee.


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