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Deborah Christensen MSN, APRN, AOCNS, HNB-BC

Intermountain Healthcare System, Lead Oncology Navigation, Oncology Nurse Navigator, Intermountain Cancer Center, St. George, Utah
Deb is a licensed clinical nurse specialist with an advance certification in oncology. She is helping shape the future of nurse navigation through her involvement with the Oncology Nursing Society Navigation Taskforce and as System Lead for Oncology Patient Navigation at Intermountain Healthcare. Her current role involves developing evidence-based care pathways and programs for oncology navigation and guiding patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

Deb is the principle investigator in a grant funded study titled: Improving Clinical Pathways and Care Delivery in Breast Cancer. The purpose of the study is to evaluate patient reported outcomes when nurse navigators provide a point-of-care treatment summary and wellness plan at diagnosis and other key touch points to patients with Stage I-IV breast cancer. The primary study outcome is patients’ self-actualization through knowledge empowerment. Psychosocial distress and financial toxicity evaluation and intervention are also being investigated.

Deb lives in the red rock country of Southern Utah and enjoys spending time with family and friends in the outdoors.