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Employee Profile: Sandra Hurd

Hurd, MPH, BSN, RN, CBCN has been a Nurse Coordinator at The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven since May of 2010. However, she has been a nurse at Yale for over thirty years. As a Nurse Coordinator, Sandy's responsibilities include welcoming women to Smilow, ensuring smooth entry to care and assisting each patient through the many difficult steps of treatment.

Sandy commented that when a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, it is often overwhelming and stressful. There are many choices that need to be made regarding surgical options and treatment. Their physician and team give them a lot of information about treatment options to review. Sandy and her colleague Sherri Storms, along with the rest of the team, help women navigate appropriate options reflecting their own personal philosophies by providing support, tools, and resources.

"In my job, I get to meet amazing, resilient women every day. It is often difficult for them to learn how to put their own needs first after caring for others for so long." Sandy said. "I encourage them to take time for themselves, even though I know how hard that can be."

Maureen Major-Campos, RN, MS, Program Manager, Women's Oncology Services at Smilow Cancer Hospital  at Yale-New Haven, commented, "Sandy has been an outstanding addition to our team. She advocates for the patients she serves by supporting them both emotionally and physically through their journey. She has coordinated two revisions to our Patient Education Binder and uses her natural nursing skills to educate patients as well as a strong resource to her teammates.  Everyone stops to listen to Sandy and her stories; it speaks of excellence and perseverance and comes from the heart."