Karon Martyn, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCNP
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a nurse. Growing up in a family full of nurses helped me understand the commitment and knowledge that this occupation requires. I followed my aspirations to Penn State University, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1998. I was truly inspired by an amazing professor in my undergraduate program, and I knew that I wanted to advance my degree. As I settled into married life and parenthood, I also pursued and successfully achieved my Masters degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from LaSalle University.
My career here at Fox Chase Cancer Center began during my senior year of undergraduate nursing school, working as a nurse extern on a medical/surgical unit. I knew right away that I enjoyed working with the oncology population, and after graduation, I continued to work on the same medical/surgical unit as a staff nurse. I further advanced my career in the infusion room and clinic in the outpatient department. It was in the infusion room that I gained a strong knowledge base of all aspects of chemotherapy. As I graduated with my Masters degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, the infusion room had a strong need for an advanced practice clinician that would be readily available for symptom management. My background and degree fit this need perfectly.
After working for several years as the institution’s only Nurse Practitioner of Infusion Services, I was ready to transition to a more specialized population in the medical oncology setting. In December of 2011, I became part of the GI service line family. Working as a Nurse Practitioner in the gastrointestinal medical oncologic population is both challenging and rewarding. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to provide specialized care to those in need. My role allows me to work with a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified individuals whom I truly admire and respect. I feel that I have a unique opportunity to help ease the burden of this disease. I’m proud to work at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and have always felt that the care we provide to patients is truly individualized. I’m fortunate to work with a strong team of nurses and clinicians, and truly cannot imagine working in any other institution.