Oncology nurse navigators specialize in cancer. They are members of your multi-disciplinary care team, serving as advocates and educators for you from diagnosis through survivorship.
Oncology nurse navigators at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors' Hospital help coordinate your care and address any barriers you may face to support you throughout your cancer journey.
Our nurse navigators:
- Improve communication between your health care team.
- Host multidisciplinary cancer conferences to ensure you receive a personalized treatment plan.
- Help you understand your diagnosis, treatment plans and medications.
- Connect you to resources available throughout your cancer journey.
- Provide education around treatment options and clinical trial availability.
Meet Your Oncology Nurse Navigator
Sharyn Ward, RN, BA, CBCN, has over 38 years of nursing experience. She started working in the cancer center at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in November 2010 as the clinic nurse. She transitioned into the role of breast cancer nurse navigator in the fall of 2012. Most of her nursing career has been in home health and hospice.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and obtained her registered nurse diploma at Johnston-Willis Hospital. Sharyn is a certified breast care nurse through the Oncology Nursing Society. She values her role as a nurse navigator to provide patients with the care, education and support they may need when given a diagnosis of breast cancer and throughout their journey.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and exercising, which includes walking her dog.
Kim Gardner, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, has over 20 years of nursing experience. She completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an acute care nurse practitioner. She spent most of her career in emergency medicine and cardiology before transitioning to oncology in 2014 to lead the lung cancer program.
As a lung cancer nurse navigator, she provides education, support and coordination during a person’s journey with a lung cancer diagnosis. She also is instrumental in leading the biweekly multidisciplinary lung conference to develop the next course of action in a patient’s treatment plan. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sports-loving sons.
Susie Herndon has nearly 20 years of nursing experience. As part of her gastrointestinal cancer nurse navigator role, she can help you understand your symptoms and condition and will explain tests, treatments and surgery options to you and your family.
Susie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary. She then received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in nursing at Duke University School of Nursing in the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner – primary care major with an oncology concentration.
Susie is an oncology certified nurse and a clinical research coordinator. Her professional interests include patient advocacy, caregiver support and pancreatic cancer. In her free time, she enjoys reading and being with her two children in her log cabin.
Wendy Hendrick RN, MSN, OCN, has 30 years of nursing experience. As part of her survivorship nurse navigator role, she can explain and help you understand your survivorship care plan and treatment summary. Upon your request, she will ensure your providers receive this valuable information to maintain communication of your care.
Wendy received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Science degree from Chamberlain School of Nursing. She is currently pursuing a master's certificate in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Chamberlain School of Nursing.
Her professional interests include community education on prevention and early detection of cancers and helping individuals make impactful changes toward leading healthier lifestyles. In her free time, she enjoys biking and being outdoors with her husband and four children.