Veronica Young Joins Chesapeake Urology as Prostate Cancer Patient Navigator
Published On: 04/22/2016
Veronica Young, RN, OCN, has joined Chesapeake Urology as a patient navigator in the Prostate Cancer Care program. Veronica will work closely with prostate cancer patients and their care team to guide and support them, and their caregivers, through the patient’s prostate cancer journey. She has more than 19 years of oncology experience, including roles as a patient navigator.
“Veronica’s extensive background in oncology will make her an invaluable asset both to our patients and to Chesapeake Urology as she helps patients navigate through their disease process from the time of diagnosis to the end of treatment,” stated Ben Lowentritt, M.D. Director of the Chesapeake Urology Prostate Cancer program. “Providing a knowledgeable resource for our newly diagnosed patients is paramount in supporting their physical and emotional needs, which occur throughout their illness.”
Veronica is an oncology certified nurse who also is accredited in chemotherapy and biotherapy. Her passion to care for oncology patients began in radiation oncology at Harbor Hospital, and during this time she knew that oncology care would be her lifelong work. She later joined the University of Maryland’s Radiation Oncology department and helped open a new office at Montgomery General Hospital, where she served as a nurse coordinator for prostate brachytherapy and coordinated all procedures. After many years as a radiation oncology nurse, to further enhance her oncology knowledge, she worked as a chemotherapy infusion nurse for a private practice and St. Agnes Hospital. Prior to joining Chesapeake Urology, Veronica was with the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) for six years as an oncology nurse coordinator for patients with all cancer types.
Passionate about helping cancer patients, Veronica added, “My oncology background of 19 years provides me with the experience and knowledge to share information to help patients and their families during this difficult time. Given the diagnosis of cancer is devastating, you need someone who understands what you’re feeling to reach out to. I like being that person and I want to help patients get the best of care and the right care.”
Earlier in her career, Veronica was with the University of Maryland Hospital and served as a high risk labor and delivery nurse and as an open heart recovery room nurse, and as a labor and delivery nurse at Harbor Hospital. Her background also includes serving as an adolescent psychiatric nurse at Sheppard Pratt Hospital and Taylor Manor Hospital, as an occupational health nurse at Bethlehem Steel, and as a home health infusion nurse with the Visiting Nurse Association of Maryland.
Veronica received her registered nursing degree from Catonsville Community College. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and was on the Oncology Nurse Navigator Advisory Board in Chicago 2015. Her experience includes clinical research for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and she is trained in the collection and documentation of data research.