One day, a woman stopped in on the floor where I was working to say hello. At first, I didn’t recognize her. But when I looked into her eyes and heard her voice, I realized she was a patient I had taken care of. She looked so different — her hair had grown out and she wasn’t pale anymore — but that spark inside her was still the same. Working in inpatient care, I don’t usually get to see people once they’re released from the hospital. To have her come back and tell me how well she was doing made me feel like I was part of her success. That day, she let me share in her remission, and I’ll never forget it.
Each patient I see is more than an individual — they’re connected to a child, a sibling, a partner or a friend. They’re part of a family and community outside of the hospital, and I provide care with that in mind. I also strive to create a comfortable, calm and inclusive atmosphere. There’s no question that’s too frivolous, and I’m always available; even if I’ve just left the room, I will always come back. I’ll do everything I can to guide you through this experience and help you reach your goals, whether that’s a cure, remission or symptom relief.
Malignant and non-malignant blood disorders, inpatient care
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) who has served on the bone marrow transplant service since 2009. Currently, I provide inpatient care at UW Medical Center, where I work with those who are being treated for a variety of malignant and non-malignant blood disorders. My expertise includes caring for patients undergoing a transplant as well as receiving immunotherapies or other treatments as part of a clinical trial. In addition to providing care, I am the inpatient advanced practice provider lead. In this role, I mentor new ARNPs and physician assistants and fulfill other leadership responsibilities.
Family Nurse Practitioner, 2008, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Seattle Met's 2023 Top Doctors award
Joanne has received this peer-nominated award for exceptional patient care for multiple years.
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