CBCC Welcomes New Nurse

March 23, 2015

Chams-91_crop-300x270Jennifer Chamness, RN, BSN, CPN, CPHON joined the CBCC in February as the IntelliDose Administrator. She comes to us from Dell Children’s Medical Center where she’s been a nurse for eight years. She shares with us more about herself and the work she will be doing with CBCC patients.

What’s an Idose Informatics Nurse?  What does your job entail?

IntelliDose is an automated chemotherapy management program that safeguards against dosing errors. It affects so many parts of the way we care for our kids.  I am here to make sure all of those components work together to make out patient’s experience smooth and painless. I build new treatment plans when we have a new diagnosis, update and improve existing treatment plans, and learn new tips and tricks for users to improve the way we utilize the program. Recently I have been working with the Chemo Task Force to improve our efficacy in the administration of High Dose Methotrexate on 4N.

Why and how did you decide to work in pediatric hematology/oncology?

During nursing school, one of my first rotations was through a pediatric oncology program and I loved it! The kids were awesome, the medicine was fascinating and the cause was worth working for. I have never thought about doing anything else.

What attracted you to Dell Children’s Medical Center’s cancer program?

I am a local! I grew up in Austin and was so excited to get to live here after college and keep working in my town.

What’s the most rewarding part of your work?

I love seeing kids happy and healthy – with hair! And running around after they have been through some of the hardest days of their lives. I think children are remarkable in their ability to press through truly challenging times and come out on the other side just as hopeful, happy and loving as before.

What is something patients or your team might be surprised to know about you?

I am a portrait and wedding photographer, as well as aspiring floral designer. I have a two- year-old pup named Boomer. I got married in October and we went to New Zealand for our Honeymoon – It was my 29th country to visit!