Nurse Navigators

A cancer diagnosis is often an overwhelming and frightening experience. Our nurse navigators help guide patients by working to assist with entry into the cancer care system and identifying any barriers that may exist.

Our nurse navigators establish and maintain communication between patients, families, physicians, and the healthcare system.

Nurse navigators can assist in many ways:

  • Provide emotional support and information on what to expect
  • Coordinate with the patient’s physician and other care providers to streamline care
  • Help patients and families to understand their diagnosis and treatment options
  • Coordinate appointments and tests to avoid delays to treatment
  • Help patients and families access support systems and services

Our goal is to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes. Our nurse navigators are here to help.

Helen Brownson, RN, BSN, OCN

Head & Neck Specialty Nurse Navigator

Helen is the certified nurse navigator for the head and neck population, coordinating care for our patients from diagnosis to survivorship. Her work with head and neck patients includes cancers of the oral cavity, nasal cavity, larynx, thyroid, and all skin cancers from the neck upwards, including Melanoma.

Helen is originally from England, and immigrated to the United States (US) in 2006. She has worked with oncology and palliative care patients for more than 20 years and is oncology certified in the UK and the US. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Oncology/Adult-Gerontology at University of South Florida. She received the 2014 Excellence in Nursing Award for ‘doing a common thing in an extraordinary way.’ She also completed nurse navigator training at the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute.

Helen enjoys relaxing with her husband and three Dobermans. She also enjoys cooking and shopping, and watching the St. Louis Rams.

Email: HeadNeckNurseNavigator@orlandohealth.com

Learn more about our Head and Neck Center.

Laura Martin, RN, MS, CBCN

Breast Care Specialty Nurse Navigator

Laura is the certified nurse navigator for the breast care center, coordinating care for our patients from diagnosis to survivorship.

Laura is originally from Pennsylvania where she received her BS in Nursing from Pennsylvania State University and her MS in Nursing Education from York College. She moved to Florida in 2011. She has worked in women’s health and oncology for 20 years in the roles of inpatient staff nurse, clinic nurse, and educator. She is certified as a Breast Care Nurse through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and participates in many community education events in Central Florida to promote breast cancer prevention, early detection and awareness.

Laura enjoys relaxing with her husband and family at home by the pool or at the beach. She also enjoys camping, photography and rooting for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates and Steelers.

Email: BreastNurseNavigator@orlandohealth.com

Learn more about our Breast Care Center.

 

Kristyn K Schultz

Breast Care Specialty Nurse Navigator

Kristyn is the certified nurse navigator for the breast care center, coordinating care for our patients from diagnosis to survivorship.

Kristyn is a native Orlando resident and received her BS in Nursing from The University of Central Florida. She has worked in breast oncology for 14 years in the roles of an inpatient staff nursing and outpatient clinical nursing. She is certified as a Breast Care Nurse through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and also certified as a Medical-Surgical Nurse through The American Nurses Credentialing Center.

She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and photography.

Email: BreastNurseNavigator@orlandohealth.com

Learn more about our Breast Care Center.

Megan Lockwood, RN

Thoracic Specialty Nurse Navigator

Megan Lockwood, RN, is a registered nurse and certified nurse navigator with The Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center.

Megan earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Kentucky University in 2010 and began her nursing career as a floor nurse on a cardiopulmonary step-down unit in Paducah, Kentucky. She then moved to Central Florida and worked as a clinic nurse at the Cancer Center before accepting her new position.

Email: ThoracicNurseNavigator@OrlandoHealth.com

Learn more about our Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center.