During her career as a nurse, Judy has traveled all over the state of North Carolina visiting with cancer patients in their homes for the North Carolina Colon Cancer Study. Currently, she is a Nurse Navigator in GI Oncology Program, where she has been for over five years.
"I truly enjoy all aspects of working with cancer patients from diagnosis, through their surgery and/or treatment," she said. "We work closely with the multidisciplinary team to coordinate appointments, transitioning to UNC from community hospitals and from UNC to patients' local physicians. We educate patients about their chemotherapy and help them manage symptoms and side effects."
She wants her patients to know that they have her as a resource whatever their question or situation. She makes sure to familiarize patients and their caregivers with the many resources available at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, which include spiritual, emotional, nutritional and supportive care needs.
When asked why she works at UNC, Judy talks about the mission. "I work at UNC because of the environment which really exemplifies leading, teaching and caring."
She recently obtained her certification at UNC as a Pain Resource Nurse.
She also serves as a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Board and the Caregiver Steering Committee at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. The advisory board members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and include patients, as well as caregivers of patients at the cancer hospital. These members serve on committees throughout the hospital to help us improve and move toward a model of patient- and family-centered care.
"Serving on this board and these committees has been a very gratifying and rewarding part of my employment here at UNC," Judy said.
Judy is a married mother of three grown children and four grandchildren. "They are the light of my life!" she says. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their daughter in Carrboro, and traveling to visit their other children and grandchildren in Brooklyn, NY and New Jersey.
Judy also enjoys knitting, sewing, reading and biking. She appreciates the music scene in Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Durham. "I am a big fan of my husband, wherever he is playing as a jazz bass player."