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An Interview with Ashlee Cole, RN, OCN

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In celebration of Oncology Nursing Month, we are interviewing nurses on staff at eviti, Inc. to learn more about their role within the company and why they do what they do.

Ashlee Cole, RN, OCN
Clinical Support & Case Review Nurse

Ashlee Cole, RN, OCNHow long have you been a nurse?
I have been a nurse for 20 years.

Why did you become a nurse?
Growing up, my mother was a remarkable example of a nurse and it only seemed fitting that I would follow in her footsteps. Sadly, she passed away just as I graduated nursing school. Years later, after working in long-term care and in the intensive care unit, I ironically began working for my mother’s prior oncologist. From that point forward, I felt that I had found my calling. Oncology nursing is a challenging and specialized aspect of nursing, but one that is so rewarding.

What is your role at eviti, Inc.?
My role at eviti, Inc. allows me to participate in patient care and help to ensure that patients are receiving evidence-based medicine.

How does your role at eviti impact patients differently than working with patients in the clinical setting?
My role impacts patients differently than working in the clinical setting because I am involved behind the scenes to ensure good patient care, instead of directly interacting with them in the clinical setting.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
My job is so rewarding because I feel that we, as a company at eviti, Inc., are ensuring that patients are receiving proven standard of care. We are not only the patients’ advocate, whether they are aware or not, but we are advocates for the providers and the payers. It is a collaborative group effort with the patients’ health as the top priority.

How has nursing changed over the last 10 years?
Nursing has changed greatly over the last 10 years with many advances in healthcare, especially in the field of oncology.

What advice do you have for others who are considering becoming a nurse?
Nursing is not a career path for everyone, but it is a rewarding career for some. It takes a lot of hard work, but mostly it takes a lot of compassion and patience.