Cheryl Krupp is a registered oncology nurse with almost 25 years of service to the community and Palmetto Health. I recently achieved my Master’s of Science and Education degree to further enhance my ability to inform and educate. I’m currently a member of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance, the Oncology Nursing Society, River Banks Oncology Local Chapter and a clinical instructor for the USC College of Nursing. The greatest recognition I have received was in 2002 when I received the South Carolina Nursing Excellence Palmetto Gold award. While I cherish this award, it does not match up to the sense of accomplishment that I feel inside every day when I make a difference in someone’s life. I have been working diligently since 2007 to develop our Thoracic Cancer Nurse Navigator program by educating, supporting, and navigating over 700 patients diagnosed with cancer. At our bi-monthly Thoracic Cancer Conference, I collaborate with thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and pathologists to present and discuss cases. My primary focus is supporting while educating patients and their loved ones through diagnostic evaluation, thoracic surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and support. Education about their disease process and treatments help patients to make informed decisions and enables them to take better care of them self.
Nurse Navigators are patient educators and advocates, care coordinators, system navigators, and community ambassadors on a mission to improve the cancer experience for each patient. The Nurse Navigators are a support system for the patient and his/her family at a critical time — after diagnosis and through treatment — and serve as a “gateway” to Palmetto Health services.