Team Member Spotlight: Sarah Anderson

Please meet Rush Radiosurgery team member Sarah Anderson, Adult Acute-Care Nurse Practitioner.

Sarah has been in the healthcare industry for over 12 years and joined the Rush Radiosurgery treatment team in 2014.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois.  She holds several certifications, including Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (AGACNP-BC), registered professional nurse (RN), the Society of Critical Care Medicine: Fundamental Critical Care Support, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (OCN), National Alliance of Wound Care (OCN), and the American Heart Association (BLS/ACLS).

Oncology has been and continues to be Sarah’s calling.  As such, it is her clinical specialty area.  As an Adult Acute-Care Nurse Practitioner, Sarah provides specialized care in thoracic, lymphoma, and metastatic malignancies.  She assists in shared decision-making with patients, including treatment plans, surveillance, and survivorship.  She assists in clinical trials by enrolling and educating patients in collaboration with our research team and medical oncologists.  She participates and attends multidisciplinary tumor board conferences, attends and presents academic lectures on new and upcoming clinical oncology research, and assists patients and families in navigating challenging medical decisions, not just as a compassionate clinician, but as an educator and patient advocate.

When asked what she loves most about her job, Sarah replied, “I simply love taking care of patients in whatever capacity they need.  I like serving as their source of support, whether that is simply providing them insight into their cancer diagnosis, or being their emotional rock allowing them to be vulnerable and seek healing.  I value the opportunity to be a part of their testimony, advocating and caring for them alongside their family.”  She went on to add that she also appreciates having a multidisciplinary team, where the collaborative relationships result in streamlined and innovative cancer treatment.  “The field of oncology is constantly evolving,” she said.  “This allows for ongoing opportunity to evaluate the literature and apply it to my practice.  This concept of lifetime learning has always been a personal mission.”

Sarah’s ongoing professional goals involve specializing in oncology to guide patients’ medical decisions with evidence-based practice, honed with the training from an advanced acute-care doctoral degree.  “I have witnessed the difference that a nurse practitioner makes in the quality of patient care,” Sarah said, “This position offers me credibility as an administrator, mentor, educator, and researcher.”

When not taking care of patients, Sarah loves spending time with her husband and two young boys, family, and friends.  She enjoys spending time at their family lake house, being outdoors, and water sports.  She also likes traveling to see her family in Canada, where they are always playing, watching, or attending a hockey game.