Meet Laurie Rudolph: 2015 ONN Semifinalist
Laurie Rudolph BSN, OCN, CBCN practices at Ann B. Rodriguez Cancer Center at Reston Hospital in Reston, VA
Patient Margaret C. shares how this oncology nurse navigator made a difference in her life:
"The one person that I could never thank enough is Laurie Rudolph, my breast cancer nurse navigator. The first time I met her she introduced herself and shook my hand, then put a hand on my shoulder and asked me how I was doing. She asked me how I felt and how I was coping, all with such a caring interest.
Up until that point, no one had asked me how I felt or how I was coping. It was just 'You have breast cancer and you need a right mastectomy.' I had kept my feelings bottled up inside as though I wasn't allowed to have feelings. It was the first time that I actually cried and had someone to listen to and comfort me.
Laurie was always there for me and treated me like I was a long lost friend. She said she was there to help me in any way she could, and she did. She was a wealth of information, answering questions about everything - diagnosis, proceedures, treatments, financial aid, support groups.
During chemo she'd call and check on me. She was an advocate for me when I had no strength. She fought for me. I could never repay her for all her kindness, caring, and compassion. She was alwyas there for me and she still is." —Margaret C.