All the emotion and decisions surrounding a diagnosis of cancer can feel overwhelming. UCHealth provides nurse navigators to help you make your way through an individualized course of treatment and what can feel like a bewildering journey.
Nurse navigators: Breast cancer
Brandi Welker, RN, ONC
Brandi Welker, RN, ONC, is the nurse navigator for the Diane O’Connell Thompson Breast Center at University of Colorado Hospital. Brandi received her associate degree in nursing in 2008 and is obtaining her bachelor’s in nursing through Arizona State University. Brandi started her nursing career as an oncology nurse intern, and since worked as an inpatient medical oncology nurse before spending 5+ years giving chemotherapy. After several years in the oncology setting, Brandi received her Oncology Nurse Certification in 2013. Brandi has now embraced the role of working with newly diagnosed breast-cancer patients, guiding them through the complex maze of breast-cancer treatment from the initial diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.
Amber Rae, BSN, RN, CN-BN
Lone Tree Breast Center
Amber Rae joined the UCHealth family in May of 2016. She previously worked as a planning engineer and always enjoyed her work yet always felt something was missing. At the age of 28, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This event put her life on a new trajectory and a fire was lit to pursue a career in nursing, specifically to work with breast cancer patients. Her passion is to try and ease the stress and burdens that come with a new cancer diagnosis through support, education and good old fashioned TLC. Her experience includes working as an inpatient oncology RN, working as a Breast Cancer RN mixing and administering chemotherapy in an outpatient setting and is ecstatic to now be working in her dream role as a nurse navigator.
Nurse navigator: GI cancer
Julie Banahan – expert coordinator for your GI care
As someone experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) cancer, you can rely on the knowledge and expertise of our GI nurse navigator Julie Banahan, RN, BSN, OCN. She coordinates your care with appropriate specialists and helps you find individualized treatment plans that work best for you and your lifestyle.
Treatment plans at UCHealth are tailored to your stage in the disease process and take into account many factors, including:
- Financial concerns
- Coping mechanisms
- Pharmaceutical needs
- Rehabilitation activities
To make your experience go as smoothly as possible, Julie sets priorities for referrals, gathers your medical records and laboratory reports, and schedules appointments on your behalf.
At UCHealth you’ll find the best providers in the nation, clinical trials and advanced research, the latest diagnostic technology, and a nurse navigator who assists you in accessing all these valuable resources.
Contact Julie at 720-848-0201 or GIcancer@uchealth.org
Nurse Navigator: Head and neck cancer
Molly Olm-Shipman, RN, BSN, CBCN
Molly is the nurse navigator for head and neck oncology. She earned a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and her B.S.N. from Columbia University in New York. She worked as an oncology nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NY for ten years before joining the UCHealth team in 2017. She has over 11 years of experience in oncology nursing, is certified by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Nursing at the University of Colorado.
Molly is dedicated to helping reduce some of the stress that comes with a diagnosis of cancer. She can assist with navigating you to the right specialists for your diagnosis, obtaining medical records, and can help connect you with other services you may need during treatment such as our head and neck cancer specialists in social work, dietary support, rehab, and others.
Nurse Navigators: Women’s Cancer Developmental Therapeutics Program
The WCDT Program’s mission is to increase the development of novel cancer therapies in gynecologic and breast cancers and to increase access to clinical trials of novel cancer therapies for patients with these diagnoses.
Aurora Davis, RN, BSN, OCN
Aurora is the nurse navigator for the WCDT Program. She earned her BA from University of Colorado, Boulder and her BSN from Regis University. She was an inpatient acute care nurse for seven years on University of Colorado Hospital’s Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant unit, both as a Level III clinical nurse and as a charge nurse. She also spent two years as an associate nurse manager on an inpatient unit. She received her Oncology Nurse Certification in 2012 and is working towards her Masters of Nursing at University of Colorado, Denver. She is passionate about the new field of personalized medicine, helping patients find clinical trials that will work for them based on their unique needs.