As a medical oncology nurse practitioner, Katie Fisher, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, ‘13, is tasked with helping patients during their cancer treatments. From helping to manage pain, to assisting patients with daily needs, a medical oncology nurse practitioner is on staff to provide patients with the care they need.
Katie received her bachelor of science in nursing from Mount Aloysius College before going on to obtain a doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Pittsburgh. There, she did research on bullying and its effects on school-aged children, which was published in the Journal of Community Health Nursing in October of 2017. She was published in the same journal in May of 2018 for her project on the “Implementation of a School-Based Bullying Program.”
After earning her DNP in 2018, Katie was board certified as a family nurse practitioner. She began her career at Conemaugh Cancer Center in Johnstown, Pa., and it didn’t take long for her to realize her passion for medical oncology and hematology.
She decided to return to the Pittsburgh area, where she now works for the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute at Jefferson Hospital.
“I am so lucky to have a job that I not only love, but that is truly rewarding every single day,” Katie said. “I have the opportunity to work with some of the most remarkable patients and their families, and in turn I get to see the difference I am making in the lives of those I encounter.”
Katie plans to continue working in oncology, but she also one day hopes to teach a college-level nursing course. She loves having a career where you can see firsthand how much of a difference you make in a patient’s life. She is working to become board certified as an advanced certified oncology nurse practitioner.
The education she received at Mount Aloysius College provided a solid start, allowing Katie to succeed.
“My time spent in the Mount Aloysius Nursing Program not only helped me to build a strong knowledge foundation,” Katie said, “but also prepared me with the skill sets that helped me feel fully prepared as a Registered Nurse once I entered the working world.”
She says that the nursing instructors’ encouragement, support, and guidance helped her make the decision to further her career. “If it weren’t for the remarkable foundation I established in my nursing career during my time there, I may not have taken the path to becoming a nurse practitioner.”