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An Interview with Ali Barrows, 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.

Ali Barrows, RN, OCN
Clinical Content Analyst

How long have you been a nurse?
7 years

Why did you become a nurse?
I spent 20 years in Cancer Research, which motivated me to go back to school and become an Oncology Research Nurse.

What is your role at eviti, Inc.?
I have been working with eviti for 6 months coding clinical trials. I am learning about eviti’s evidence-based medical library and beginning to build new regimens for the library.

How does your role at eviti impact patients differently than working with patients in the clinical setting?
I hope the information that is built in the library will stimulate physicians and patients to know they may have more options for treatments and they have a choice in their treatment strategy. This is more than I could have done if I was giving chemotherapy and educating the patient on the drugs they were taking and provide them with support. I feel I am giving more patients better support working with eviti.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Knowing that what I do is helping cancer patients across the country. I also enjoy working for a company with strong leadership and vision.

How has nursing changed over the last 10 years?
More oral chemotherapy is available, which requires more teaching and checking to ensure patients are compliant with medication schedule. Nurses are providing more education and support for patients. Electronic medical records has helped this area tremendously.

What advice do you have for others who are considering becoming a nurse?
If you’re considering it, do it. You will not be disappointed. Becoming a nurse opens doors of opportunity in Healthcare.