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Catherine MacFarland, RN, BSN, OCN

Catherine MacFarland, RN, BSN, OCN

GI Nurse Navigator

Treatment Philosophy

In 2003, I was searching for a fulfilling, challenging nursing position. A friend suggested that I apply to Fox Chase Cancer Center. Since my hire, I have never looked back. Fox Chase's nursing staff is well trained and knowledgeable. There is a feeling of pride in working for a world-renowned NCCN Cancer Center. My position as Nurse Navigator allows me to give back to the institution and our patients in a very special way.  Working with the Nurse Navigation Team at Fox Chase has given me insight into how best to care for patients dealing with a new cancer diagnosis.  I am fortunate to have experts all around me.  This expertise is gladly passed on to our patients every day.

Formerly at Fox Chase, I've worked as a nurse on the Surgical Step Down Unit, as Chairman of the Performance Improvement Committee and as Nursing Supervisor. In these capacities I've gained invaluable experience in many types of cancers and their treatments. This fosters a comprehensive understanding of individual needs.

Patients are encouraged to be active participants in their own care by taking advantage of Fox Chase's extensive support services. Education is ongoing and interactive with the positive result that close relationships develop with our excellent staff. As Nurse Navigator my role as educator has expanded to include helping patients at the very start of care. The goal is to ease the transition from diagnosis to treatment through return to health. Individual support and guidance is available throughout care.

Previous to obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Temple University, I earned a degree in Fine Arts from the same university. As an artist, I look at life as a rare beautiful gift. I was encouraged to go into nursing by my family and happily, it was in nursing that I found my true calling. I am very optimistic, and I try to help others to also be hopeful and confident of the future. Many of my patients and co-workers echo my sentiments. I have heard exceptional stories and been privileged to witness courageous acts of love. I’ve watched doctors and nurses work tirelessly to improve lives. I feel very fortunate to be part of a multidisciplinary team that administers cutting-edge treatment.

It is my pleasure and privilege to care for the patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center.