Vanna Dest, MSN, APRN, BC, AOCN, Manager of Oncology APPs

Vanna Dest, MSN, APRN, BC, AOCN, has been in oncology nursing since 1984 when she started as a staff nurse at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. She received her Master's degree from Yale School of Nursing in 1992 and practiced as an oncology clinical nurse specialist in radiation at Saint Raphael's and later pursued her Post-Master's Certificate in Oncology at Yale School of Nursing in 2002. She has been a lecturer for the oncology APRN program with a concentration at Yale School of Nursing since 2007 and is currently the Manager of the Oncology Advanced Practice Providers (APP) at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

Vanna's current position was created to provide leadership for the many APPs at Smilow, which includes the Care Centers and most recently the Oncology Hospitalist team. She provides day to day administrative oversight and support for all oncology APPs and fosters communication and professional development. She is responsible for ensuring that APP practice is consistent with evidence based practice and regulatory requirements. In addition, she is responsible for recruitment of oncology APPs and their on-boarding process. Vanna is also involved in direct cancer care and care for patients in the Thoracic Oncology and Head and Neck Cancers Programs.

"Oncology nursing has been my passion since my early teenage years and I truly could not imagine doing anything else. Oncology patients have such tremendous strength and courage. I have learned so much from my patients over the years and it is truly a privilege to care for them. In my current role, I feel that I have the best of both worlds-caring for patients and supporting and developing our dedicated, highly gifted APP team at Smilow and its Care Centers."

Vanna strives to foster a sense of community and support for the APPs. Cathy Lyons, RN, MS, Executive Director of Patient Care Services at Smilow Cancer Hospital, commented, "Vanna is our inaugural manager of our APP group. In this role, she has built a true community of advanced practice providers, providing them a source for continuing education, professional development, and advocacy. Vanna's leadership has made all the difference in our ability to attract and retain top talent. We are so lucky to have her!"