Darci Grota is a breast cancer patient navigator at St. Elizabeth Hospital. She helps breast cancer patients throughout the diagnosis, treatment and recovery process, acting as a liaison between patients and the medical professionals they encounter.
o What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
I spend my free time keeping up with my three kids by attending school and sporting events. As a family we enjoy camping, boating and skiing. I also love to spend time reading.
o What is your favorite thing about your job?
The people! I love getting to know my patients and their families. It is very rewarding to help patients during their cancer treatment path.
I am also blessed to work with many fantastic individuals who work as a team to care for our patients. They are all very skilled and strive to provide the best care possible to our patients.
o What sort of blogs/news channels do you follow?
Most of my online reading takes place on the NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) or ONS (Oncology Nursing Society).
o If you weren’t in health care, what would your dream job be?
This is a hard question because I knew I wanted to be a nurse since I was very little! If I had to choose another occupation it would involve a combination of travel and teaching (I love doing both).
o Where did you grow up/where is your family from?
My husband and I are both from Oshkosh and most of our family is still in the area. We spent time away living in Illinois and in Madison while attending college.
· What is the hottest trend in your industry?
Research has shown that patients need guidance and support following their cancer treatment. This is called their survivorship period.
Nurse Navigators are striving to be supportive of their patients emotional needs post treatment as well as helping them maintain their overall health. This may involve providing summaries of their cancer treatment and reminding them of upcoming health screenings.