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Nurse navigators

The Oncology Nurse Navigation Program at Community Health Network began in 2006 with our breast cancer patients. Today, the program has expanded to support gynecologic, head/neck/lung, GI/colorectal and skin cancer patients – as well as general services in some locations. Our goal is to have navigation available to all oncology patients. Learn more about our navigators below.

Contact and referral

The oncology nurse navigators can be reached by phone Monday through Friday at 317-355-4114, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What does a navigator do?

The nurse navigator acts as a guide, resource, advocate, educator and liaison for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their family. The navigator is the consistent caregiver through the cancer journey, coordinating appointments and schedules while keeping the patient and family actively involved in their plan of care.

In this video, watch the story of Nancy's journey through breast cancer with a nurse navigator by her side.

Breast cancer

Claudia Davis, RN, OCN, CBCN
Navigation manager

Claudia Davis, RN, OCN, CBCN, a Community breast health navigatorClaudia is a registered nurse, certified in oncology and breast health through the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Claudia has been with Community since 2000. Her nursing background includes work in the intensive care unit, home care and school nursing.

Claudia was the 2004 winner of Community Health Network’s Nursing Excellence award for patient-focused care; she was also nominated in 2005 and 2006. She was nominated for the Indianapolis Star Salute to Nursing award in 2005 and 2007. In 2007, she was awarded the Indiana Hometown Hero Award by the Indiana Pacers for her work with breast cancer patients. She is a member of the Community Health Network Society for Nursing Excellence.

Claudia has been married for over 40 years. She has three children and two granddaughters.

Betsy Lynn, BSN, RN

Breast cancer nurse navigatorBetsy is a registered nurse who has been with Community since 2002. She joined the breast navigator team in 2013 and provides services for patients at Community Breast Care North. Her nursing background includes work in surgery, most recently assisting the Community North breast surgeons. She has also worked in rural community nursing, neonatal intensive care nursing, and medical-surgical care floor nursing.

Betsy holds a B.S. in Nursing from Texas Christian University and has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society for nursing. She has been an instructor for neonatal resuscitation classes.

Betsy and her husband of 25 years live on the north side of Indianapolis with their son. Her interests include quilting, gardening, sailing, reading and spending time outdoors.

Natalie Newman, BSN, RN

Natalie Newman, BSN, RN, breast cancer navigatorNatalie has been with Community since 2001. She joined the breast navigator team in 2011 and provides services for patients at Community Breast Care East. She is certified in breast health through the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Her nursing background includes emergency room and surgery centers, where she helped care for breast surgical patients.

Natalie holds a B.S. in Nursing from Indiana University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice/Criminology from Ball State University. She has worked for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General investigating medical fraud, and as a legal nurse consultant reviewing medical malpractice cases.

Natalie lives on the north side of Indianapolis and enjoys volunteering and fundraising for Team in Training for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Danielle Peters, RN

Danielle Peters, RN, breast cancer navigatorDanielle joined Community in 2015 as an infusion nurse at Community Cancer Center South. Today, she is a breast cancer navigator at Community South. She started her career at IU Health in the med/surg inpatient area in 2008. In 2012, she transferred to the oncology/transplant unit.

Danielle is the proud mother of a boy named Dallas and resides on the south side of Indianapolis.


Tracy Rush, BSN, RN

Tracy Rush, BSN, RN, a Community breast health navigatorTracy has been with Community since 2003. She joined the breast navigator team in 2012 and provides services for patients at Community Hospital North. Prior to becoming a breast health navigator Tracy worked as a school nurse in pediatrics and most recently as a surgical nurse assisting with breast surgical procedures.

Tracy holds a B.S. in Nursing from Purdue University. In 2014, Tracy was named a Golden Graduate by the Purdue School of Nursing in honor of its 50th anniversary.

Tracy lives with her husband and daughter and enjoys cooking, reading and travel.

Holly Wright, RN

Holly Wright, RN, a Community breast health navigator Holly has been a registered nurse at Community Health Network since 2014, primarily working in the chemotherapy infusion area at Cancer Center South. Holly joined the breast cancer navigator team in September 2015. Her nursing background includes inpatient oncology, post-anesthesia care, hospice and palliative care, and post-surgical inpatients. Holly has been nominated for two Daisy Awards and won the Daisy Award in 2012 for her exceptional compassionate patient care.

Holly resides in Zionsville with her two cats. She enjoys traveling, volleyball and spending time outdoors.

General

Sharlee Arkush, RN, OCN

Sharlee Arkush, RN, OCN, a Community breast health navigatorSharlee is a registered nurse, certified in oncology through the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Sharlee has been with Community Health Network since 2012.

Sharlee received her certification in oncology in 1997 and has worked in oncology for more than 30 years. Prior to becoming an oncology navigator, Sharlee worked in both inpatient oncology and outpatient oncology clinics. She was nominated for the Indianapolis Star Salute to Nursing award in 2005 and 2006.

Sharlee has one daughter and lives with her husband and their dog in downtown Indianapolis.

Diana Beals, RN, OCN

Diana Beals, RN, cancer navigatorDiana joined the Community Health Network navigation team in 2015. She provides services at Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo, where she has been a nurse for almost 25 years. She has worked in oncology for the last nine years, with prior experience in med/surg, surgery and cardiac cath lab.

Diana enjoys reading, old movies, traveling, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Jackie Jones, BSN

Jackie Jones, B.S.N., cancer navigatorJackie has been a registered nurse at Community Health Network since 2011. She worked in outpatient medical oncology at Community Regional Cancer Center North and joined the navigation team in 2015. Previously, she was an inpatient hematology/oncology nurse at IU Simon Cancer Center, where she was nominated for a Daisy Award in Nursing Excellence.

Jackie graduated from the University of Indianapolis with an ASN and received her BSN from Western Governors University. In addition to her nursing degrees, she also holds a BFA in graphic design from Indiana State University.

Jackie is a resident of Plainfield, Indiana where she lives with her husband, Arie, and their three children.

Diana enjoys reading, old movies, traveling, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Cassie Osborn, MSN, RN

Cassie Osborn, MSN, RN, cancer navigatorCassie joined Community Health Network in 2015 as a breast cancer nurse navigator, and now serves as a general cancer navigator at Community Hospital South. Cassie has spent her entire career dedicated to the Hematology and Oncology patient population. Her nursing career started in 2008 at IU Simon Cancer Center and includes winning a Daisy Award in Nursing Excellence in 2010.

Cassie received her ASN from the University of Indianapolis and went on to complete her BSN and MSN in Nursing Education from Western Governors University in April 2015.

Cassie is a lifelong southside resident. She has been married over 15 years to Brad and has one son, Luke. They enjoy being involved in their son's activities including Boy Scouts and spending time with their family.

GI/Colorectal cancer

Emily Muterspaugh, RN

Oncology nurse navigator for cancer patientsEmily has been with Community Health Network since 2006. She joined the navigation team in 2015. Her registered nurse experience began at Community Hospital North’s Progressive Care Unit. She then transitioned to the Community Cancer Center North where she worked in outpatient medical oncology. In her most recent role, she was patient care coordinator for the medical oncology clinic.

In addition to her B.S. in Nursing from Indiana University, Emily also holds a B.S. in Business from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Emily lives with her husband and two sons who keep her very busy.

Beth Yeadon, RN, BSN, OCN

Oncology nurse navigator for cancer patientsBeth has been a nurse for 27 years. She has enjoyed a diverse background including adolescent psych, home care, ambulatory care, and open heart recovery. She discovered her passion when she began working in medical oncology 10 years ago at Community Cancer Center North as a treatment nurse.

She received one of Community Hospital’s Nursing Excellence Awards in 2010. She also achieved her certification in 2010 through the Oncology Nursing Society. In 2014, Beth received a nomination in the Indianapolis Star’s Salute to Nursing contest.

She feels having the opportunity to support patients with cancer on their unplanned journeys is a great gift. Being an oncology nurse is about embracing connectedness with patients, which forms bonds that cannot be easily described, only felt.

Beth and her husband of 28 years, Tim, have four children. She loves to run, hike, bike and generally be outdoors any chance she gets. She enjoys traveling to new places and experiencing challenges which help her grow.

Gynecologic cancer

Natasha Newkirk, BSN, RN

Nurse navigator for gynecologic cancer patientsNatasha joined Community Health Network in 2015 as a gynecological nurse navigator. Prior to working at Community she was a pediatric ICU nurse and an inpatient pediatric oncology nurse in Louisville, Kentucky. Throughout her nursing career, she has received numerous awards for her patient-centered care and teamwork.

Natasha resides in Shelbyville, Indiana with her husband and son. She enjoys being active and spending quality time with her friends and family.


Head, neck and lung

Raquel Johnson, RN

Raquel Johnson, head/neck/lung cancer nurse navigatorRaquel has been with Community since 2000. She joined the navigation team in 2014 and provides services for patients at Community Hospital East. Her nursing background includes work in cardiovascular surgery, surgery center and inpatient oncology.

She was nominated for the Indianapolis Star Salute to Nursing Award in 2010 and 2013.

Raquel has two daughters and lives in Lawrence with her husband. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, family time and travel.

Elissa Magsamen, BSN, RN

Elissa Magsamen, oncology nurse navigator for head/neck and lung cancerElissa joined Community Health Network in 2015 as a head/neck and lung cancer navigator at Community Cancer Center North. Prior to Community, her experience includes working as a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse at Riley Hospital and as a travel nurse in outpatient pediatric oncology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and The Johns Hopkins Hospital Bloomberg Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Elissa has received awards for patient- and family-centered care, and has been recognized for her ability to adapt to new challenges.

Elissa is a graduate of the accelerated second-degree BSN program at Indiana University School of Nursing. In addition to her nursing degree, Elissa holds bachelor of arts degrees in German and political science from Indiana University.

Elissa enjoys traveling, music, and spoiling her two nephews.

Crystal Poor, BSN, RN

Crystal Poor, lung, head, neck cancer patient navigatorCrystal is a registered nurse who has been with Community Health Network since 2006. She joined the navigation team in 2015 providing services at Community Hospital South for head, neck and lung cancer. Her nursing background includes inpatient oncology, hospice, and medical-surgical floor nursing. Crystal has been nominated for three Daisy Awards for exceptional clinical skill and compassionate care.

Crystal lives with her husband and two dogs and enjoys cooking, traveling and tennis.

Skin cancer

June Wagner, BSN, RN

Nurse navigator for skin cancer patientsJune has been a nurse for more than 30 years, with experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. June has worked at the University of Minnesota hospitals, the University of Washington hospitals, and the University of Michigan. She came to Community in 2009 after working at Indiana University for 10 years. June has extensive experience in both oncology and plastic surgery nursing.

June has been married for almost 30 years and has three children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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