As Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s breast nurse navigator, Amy Luce Hane, RN, understands the fear and apprehension patients feel undergoing breast cancer treatment. To ensure she is providing them with the best care possible, Hane took the extra step to become a Certified Breast Care Nurse.
The prestigious designation — the only nationally accredited breast care nursing certification available exclusively to registered nurses — encompasses the entire spectrum of breast care nursing practice.
To receive the designation, applicants must have a minimum of 1,000 hours of breast care nursing experience and pass a rigorous examination that tests their knowledge in the specialty of breast care nursing. The certification is awarded by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and is valid for four years.
A registered nurse with more than 10 years of experience, Hane has a strong background in oncology case management and chemotherapy infusion. She also is a Certified Professional Healthcare Management Registered Nurse. For the last year and a half, she has been serving as a breast nurse navigator in Beaufort Memorial’s Women’s Imaging Center, and in that role has been involved in community outreach, educating women about the importance of yearly mammograms, their risk for developing breast cancer, and the signs and symptoms of the disease.
In her role of breast nurse navigator, Hane becomes involved when a patient receives a diagnosis of breast cancer. She provides support and help from diagnosis to post-treatment follow-up, keeping patients informed each step of the process to help reduce their anxiety. If needed, she can steer them to available resources, coordinate additional testing and set up appointments with specialists involved in the treatment of breast cancer.
The services of the breast nurse navigator are provided at no charge to breast care patients. For more information or to reach Amy Hane, call 843-522-5895 or visit www.bmhsc.org.