Nurse Practitioners in Oncology
Nurse Practitioners are integral to the oncology team. An NP is an advanced practice nurse educated at the master's-degree level. They can see patients independently and work in collaboration with and under the supervision of an oncologist to enhance the care of people with cancer. As part of a multidisciplinary team, nurse practitioners assess, conduct physical exams, order and interpret diagnostic tests and order chemotherapy within a treatment regimen established by the physician.
Their expertise includes educating patients regarding their treatment and managing side effects of chemotherpy. Additionally, some NPs may perform procedures, such as paracentesis (draining excess fluid from the abdomen). The BMC Cancer Center has two highly experienced Nurse Practitioners who began their training as adult nurse practitioners and then chose to focus on oncology. NPs participate in lifelong learning. They are proud to be part of a team that is able to bring high quality cancer care to our community and at the same time form lasting close connections with patients and their families.
Sarah Bradford, NP: Sarah has a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and serves as the Nurse Manager for Berkshire Hematology Oncology.
Sheri L. Sullivan, ANP (Adult Nurse Practitioner), BSN, MS: Sheri has a bachelor's degree in nursing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and received her Master's of Science from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.