Emily Gentry, RN, BSN, OCN, HON-ONN-CG, is Navigation Director, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Medical City Healthcare – located in Dallas/ Fort Worth. Sarah Cannon – the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare – provides world-class cancer care and access to cutting-edge therapies for patients across North Texas.
Gentry has been engaged in supporting cancer patients and their families for more than 30 years. Across her oncology career, she has worked as an oncology and hematology nurse at the bedside, chemotherapy infusion nurse, research study nurse, navigator, patient education leader, community outreach liaison, and oncology program director, leading care teams that support patients with cancer and their family members. A graduate of Baylor University School of Nursing, Dallas, TX, Gentry joined HCA in 2014 after a 28-year career with Baylor Healthcare System. While at Baylor, she collaborated with colleagues to develop and grow the organization’s efforts with cancer survivorship and patient navigation, working first with Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, and then Baylor Medical Center, Plano. While at the latter facility, she was recognized as Nurse of the Year in 2011. She developed numerous community-facing programs while at Baylor and with HCA to support patients with cancer and their families. In addition to Gentry’s professional oncology work, she enjoys serving the community as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, North Texas Komen, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Gentry served on the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Leadership Council in 2016, and founded a local navigator network (LNN) in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the North Texas Regional Local Navigator Network in 2013. Gentry currently serves on the AONN+ Conference Planning Committee. She has worked over the past several years to elevate the relevance and define the role of the oncology nurse navigator within the community hospital setting. Gentry’s focus is on building processes and defining outcomes that will enable nurse navigators to work as part of an integrated care team.
Gentry’s passion is in mentorship and building collaborative teams to ensure professional self-care while providing quality oncology patient care. Currently, Gentry is involved in quality improvement projects focusing on compassion fatigue and professional health. In 2018, Gentry contributed to the book entitled Team-Based Oncology Care: The Pivotal Role of Oncology Navigation. This resource provides expertise from members of the AONN+ Leadership Council. Gentry’s contributions focus on compassion fatigue and community outreach. She has facilitated and spoken nationally on the importance of proactively building strategies that address the importance of assessing burnout in the oncology nurse navigator.
In addition, Gentry is collaborating with a multidisciplinary team to address the psychosocial oncology needs of cancer survivors, serving as a co-investigator for a qualitative research study focusing on survivorship quality of life.
She enjoys her growing family and volunteering in her local community as she has the privilege of caring for cancer survivors along their journey.