The Children’s Blood & Cancer Center (CBCC) recently received a Hyundai Hope on Wheels grant to create an important nursing position on the CBCC team. In January, Anne Raines filled that role and joined the CBCC staff as the new oncology nurse navigator for clinical trial success. In this position, Anne will educate and support families during a child’s participation in a clinical trial, as well as provide Dell Children’s staff with specialized training to care for these high-risk patients.
Anne’s role is critical to raise patient safety by bridging patient care and communications across the inpatient and outpatient settings. She educates everyone involved in the care of a child enrolled in a clinical trial so they are confident in their abilities to care for these patients—from physicians who oversee treatments, to nurses who watch over inpatients, to ICU workers who provide critical or emergent care, and to medical staff examining patients in the CBCC outpatient clinic. She has become a familiar face for patients and families to report their concerns or requests—anywhere, anytime—while knowing their voices will be heard.
Anne has been an RN for seven years. For the past six years, she worked on the 4 North hematology/oncology floor at Dell Children’s Medical Center. She finds her work very meaningful and fulfilling.
What attracted you to the cancer program?
I loved the kids when I worked with them as a nursing student.
It takes a lot of compassion and strength to care for pediatric oncology patients as they become more like family. Where do you get your strength to handle the emotional rollercoaster these families face?
I focus on how amazing the kids are and knowing that we are supportive to these families.
What’s the most rewarding part of your work?
I love knowing that I’ve helped bring a smile to a child’s face during a dark time.
What impact do you hope you make in your position and with your patients and their families?
I hope patients and families will come away from this experience with positive memories, and that I’ve left a lasting impression on what it means to help those with cancer.
What is something patients or your team might be surprise to know about you?
I have freckles in my eyes!