. : 2016 Chapter Champion Award
Greater Toronto Chapter of Oncology Nurses Champion Award; Sonali Kirshenbaum
ONIGA – South 2016 Oncology Nursing Day Chapter Champion Award
Tevi Helland-Nergaard, RN, BScN, CON(C)
Tevi Helland-Nergaard is a clinical research nurse at the Tom Baker Cancer Center in Calgary. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Victoria in 2015. Tevi has 30 years of experience in emergency nursing including ICU/CCU/ED. She found her passion in oncology nursing in 2003 and spent three years in Systemic Therapy before moving to the Clinic Research Unit. Tevi has held a leadership position in the research unit and is currently working as a primary nurse accruing and caring for patients on clinical trials within the Genitourinary and Neuro-Endocrine tumor groups. She has also collaborated on a published article to understand the barriers of accrual to clinical trials. This invaluable research was presented as a poster the CANO conference in 2009 and published in several journals. She is currently working on an abstract to identify and quantify the clinical trial-associated workload impact in the systemic area. She is also part of the ONIGA—South Chapter’s Local Planning Committee in preparation for the upcoming CANO conference in Calgary in October. Recently, Tevi was nominated by a patient and family and was awarded the Tom Baker Cancer Centre’s fifth DAISY Award which recognizes extraordinary nursing care. What she loves most about oncology is the nurse-patient relationship that is formed with patients and family members while going through their cancer journey. She also enjoys the diversity in oncology nursing roles and functions across the cancer continuum, from clinical assessment, patient and family teaching, treatment, supportive care, symptom management and end-of-life care. Tevi states, “few jobs allow the nurse patient-relationship grow in this manner that you feel included as part of their family. The knowledge I have gained as an oncology nurse is rewarding not only in my professional career but also in my personal life.” Tevi lives with her husband Mark, children Victoria and Kristian along with their dog Nemo. Tevi likes yoga and is an avid skier, golfer, hiker, and participates in triathlons during the summer months.