Jessie Schol, RN, BSN, OCN
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Jessie Schol, RN, BSN, OCN
Breast Nurse Navigator
Our family experienced nursing at its finest when our youngest daughter was born two months early. Not only did the nurses care for her they also cared for our entire family, advocating for us and educating us regarding the care a tiny child would need. It was at that time I decided I wanted to pursue a career in nursing. So with the support of my husband and daughters I went back to school.
In 1988 I joined the Fox Chase staff as a nurse extern on the medical/surgical floor. After graduation and a brief stint at another institution I came back to Fox Chase as a staff nurse on the clinical trials unit. It was in this position that I learned the value of collaborative practice with multiple disciplines, the joy of patient education, the value a nurse brings to the patient experience and the need for patient advocacy. In this capacity, I treated patients enrolled on Phase I clinical trials.
My previous nursing experience laid the foundation for my next full-time position as a protocol coordinator in the Protocol Management Office. In my new position I monitored the conduct of the clinical trials assuring the validity of the data, I coordinated the patient’s care, arranged their schedules and was available to answer questions and concerns from patients, their families and the sponsoring agency. Over the course of eight years I coordinated trials in GYN oncology, Phase I studies, and thoracic oncology trials.
After eight years in the Protocol Management Office, I transferred to the outpatient department. I had the privilege of working with the pulmonary team and breast medical oncology. As with my prior positions, I worked collaboratively with multiple disciplines to provide quality, appropriate care to the patients and their families. During this time I was able to complete my BSN at LaSalle University, again with the support of my family.
Fortunately for me, Fox Chase has numerous opportunities for nurses and when presented with my current position, I again made a change. The Breast Nurse Navigator role encompasses the two areas of nursing that I love most; patient education and advocacy. As an integral part of the Breast Service Line, I am surrounded with supportive, intelligent members of the Fox Chase community on whom I depend. It is with their support that I am able to be available to my patients as a resource, a compassionate listener and an advocate for their needs.