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Elizabeth Sherwood RN MS ANP-C

Nurse Educator and Consultant

Executive Profile

Innovative and visionary professional experienced in oncology clinical settings, program development, program management, staff supervision, consultation and research. A versatile professional involved with building a successful survivorship program including clinical services and research. A leader and a team player demonstrating a consistent capacity for strategic problem-solving and implementation of goals.  An ongoing learner and advocate for improving patient outcomes.

Core Accomplishments

Clinical leader of LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence beginning in 2007 with development of several survivorship clinics, health and wellness programs, integrative oncology programs and expanded services to AYA community. Participated in research projects across all eight Centers of Excellence serving both as project manager and clinical liaison.

Served as core trainer on “train the trainer” research grants assisting health professionals across the state of North Carolina to facilitate groups for cancer survivorship including health and wellness behaviors as well as psychosocial and medical issues.

Initiated and co-facilitated support group for Young Women with Breast Cancer. Co-facilitated with young woman who had experienced cancer.  Initiated and co-facilitated group for people with bladder cancer. Co-facilitated with bladder cancer survivor.

Helped to connect researchers and clinicians across multiple disciplines including medicine, nursing, public health, nutrition, social work and exercise physiology.

Assisted in development of clinical services meeting the medical and emotional needs of people after cancer treatment.

Facilitated first FDi in state in conjunction with First Descents, an outdoor program for young adults.

Implemented distress screening in accordance with Commission on Cancer 2015 guidelines for NCI center.

Completion of cannabis curriculum through The Medical Cannabis Institute and specialty training with Eloise Theisen RN GNP of Radicle Health.  Mentorship with Kristin Wohlschlagel RN further enhancing my knowledge of cannabis consultation and research.

Professional Experience

Elizabeth Sherwood Consulting

December 2015 to Current

Portland, OR

Coaching, counseling and wellness services for individuals impacted by cancer, including those with a diagnosis and caregivers, incorporating an integrative, whole person approach. Trainings for professionals and volunteers working in oncology related settings including survivorship and physical concerns, self-care, psychosocial concerns, communication skills, and wellness practices.

Coordinator of Integrative Oncology

January 2011 to February 2015

University of North Carolina Lineberger Cancer Center – Chapel Hill, NC

  • Expanded classes and services including massage, lymphedema, acupuncture and yoga.
  • Supervised yoga instructors and massage therapists.
  • Worked with radiation oncologists, family medicine and acupuncturist to develop grant for patients with head and neck cancer.

Coordinator of Survivorship Programs

July 2007 to February 2015

University of North Carolina Lineberger Cancer Center – Chapel Hill, NC

  • Position began with planning grant funded by LIVESTRONG™ to facilitate and implement clinical services for
    patients at completion of treatment.
  • Initiated Testicular Survivorship Clinic serving as nurse practitioner in 2007.
  • Initiated Breast Survivorship Clinic in 2009.
  • Provided clinical services as nurse practitioner with the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP)
    providing psycho-oncology and supportive oncology/symptom management services.
  • Served as clinical liaison with Get Real & Heel, an exercise program for patients post-treatment.
  • Served as project manager, clinical liaison and core trainer on multiple research grants.

Co-Director of Outpatient Counseling Services

August 1998 to August 2008

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center – Chapel Hill, NC

  • Provided psychosocial support and patient navigation to patients and caregivers in outpatient setting.
  • Worked in clinical setting with multi-disciplinary teams of oncologists, surgeons, and radiation oncologists integrating psychosocial care at clinic level.
  • Worked with community groups to develop services and educational opportunities.

EDUCATION

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC, 2004

Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate : Adult Nurse Practitioner,

Rosen Method Bodywork Certification: Somatic Bodywork, 1995

Berkeley, CA,

Completion required 290 hours of classroom fundamentals training, 38 hours of direct one-to-one supervision, 33 hours of receiving Rosen Method Bodywork and 350 individual client sessions.

University of Colorado – Denver, CO, 1984

Master of Science: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Master’s Thesis: “Perceptions of Health and Illness: A Descriptive Study of Mexican-American and Anglo-American
Individuals with Schizophrenia”.

University of Colorado – Denver, CO, 1978

Bachelor of Science: Nursing

Presentations

University of North Carolina OCN (RN) Core Curriculum, UNC Cancer Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC. Psychosocial Care and Survivorship, 2007-2015.

What’s Springing Up in Oncology, UNC Cancer Center, Chapel Hill, NC. The Challenges of Survivorship, May 4,
2007.

North Carolina Survivorship Summit 2007: Needs of Caregiver (facilitator), June 1, 2007.

North Carolina Survivorship Summit 2008: Treatment Summaries and Care Plans and working with your Primary
Care Physician,
June 5, 2008.

University of North Carolina School of Nursing Continuing Education, Chapel Hill, NC. OCN Review Course:
Survivorship, Sept, 26, 2008.

University of North Carolina School of Nursing Continuing Education, Chapel Hill, NC. Surveillance of Child and Adult Survivors, Jan.30, 2009.

Society of Urological Nurses Association, Raleigh, NC. Survivorship and Patients GU Malignancies, March 30, 2009.

UNC Landes Symposium: Advances in Urology, Chapel Hill, NC. Prostate Cancer and Sexuality Issues, June 20-21, 2009.

Third Annual North Carolina Survivorship Summit: Psychosocial Issues, July 24-25, 2009.

Living With and Beyond Breast Cancer, a REX and UNC Healthcare Patient Symposium, Raleigh, NC. Intimacy and Sexuality Issues, Oct. 24, 2009.

Dare County/UNC Outreach Lunch and Learn, Dare County, NC. Survivorship, Jan. 22, 2010.

University of North Carolina School of Nursing Continuing Education, Chapel Hill, NC. OCN Review Course: Psychosocial Issues and the Cancer Patient, Jan. 30, 2010.

American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Meeting: Dissemination of a Community-Based Program to Enhance the Transition from Active Cancer Treatment to Life Post-Treatment: Perspectives on a Community-Initiated Research Collaboration. Presented in conjunction with the Wellness Community and UNC LIVESTRONG™ Center of Excellence, Feb. 19, 2010.

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care Annual Meeting: Models of Survivorship Care and Patient Navigation, Utilization of a Care Plan and Engaging the Primary Care Community, a workshop hosted by the LIVESTRONG™ Foundation, Atlanta, GA. Late and Long Term Medical Issues in Cancer Survivorship Care, March 7, 2010.

Living With and Beyond Colorectal Cancer, A Rex and UNC Healthcare Patient Symposium, Raleigh, NC. Intimacy and Sexuality Issues, March 27, 2010.

Living With an Beyond Prostate Cancer: Strategies for Treatment Evaluation and Surveillance, A Rex and UNC Healthcare Patient Symposium, Raleigh, NC. Intimacy and Sexuality Issues for Partners of Men with Prostate Cancer, June 12, 2010.

UNC Landes Symposium: Advances in Urology, Chapel Hill, NC. A Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer: Crisis and Opportunity, June 26, 2010.

Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, University of North Carolina Hospital and Lineberger Cancer Center, Chapel Hill, NC. Promoting Wellness and Group Process: A Workshop for Group Facilitators, Jan. 28, 2011.

Rex Healthcare Presentation, Raleigh, NC. Improving Emotional Health and Relationships, March 28, 2011.

Dare County/UNC Outreach Lunch and Learn, Dare County, NC. Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis, April 8, 2011.

36th Annual ONS Conference, Boston, MA. Pre-conference Workshop: Caring for Cancer Survivors: Cognitive and CNS Issues and Sexuality and Fertility Issues, April 27, 2011.

UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC: What’s Springing Up in Oncology, Chapel Hill, NC. Fertility and Sexuality Issues, June 3, 2011.

Rex Healthcare, Raleigh, NC: Living With and Beyond Prostate Cancer: Finding Your Silver Lining, Sept. 10, 2011.

UNC School of Nursing Continuing Education, Chapel Hill, NC. Cancer Survivorship: Psycho-Social Dimensions of Care for the Oncology Patient, Sept. 23, 2011.

Marion I. Shepard Cancer Center, Washington, NC. Coping with Cancer, Oct. 4, 2011.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Zimmer Cancer Center, Wrightsville, NC. Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Symposium: Living Well, Moving Forward, Oct. 7, 2011.

LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Training Summit, Boston, MA. Wellness Education in Survivorship Care, Oct 20-21, 2011.

Coffee for the Cure, Harnett County Department of Public Health, Harnett County, NC. Breast Cancer Awareness, Prevention and Care, Oct. 22, 2011.

UNC Hands of Hope Training: Caring for Yourself when Caring for Others, Telemedicine to Dare County, NC, Feb. 7, 2012.

UNC Outreach: Updates on Distress Screening and Psycho-social Care, Telemedicine broadcast across NC, Feb 8, 2012.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Carolina Annual Blood Cancer Conference, Raleigh, NC. Moving Toward Wellness in Cancer Survivorship Care, March 9, 2012.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Institute, Chapel Hill, NC. Practice Across the Lifespan: Innovations in Psycho-
Oncology,
April 20, 2012

UNC Physicians and Associates (P&A) Lunch and Learn, Chapel Hill, NC. Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention, Oct. 30, 2012.

North Carolina Chapter 91918 of American Academy of Professional Coders, Chapel Hill, NC. Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention, Jan.17, 2013.

UNC Outreach Hands of Hope Volunteer Training: Diversity Training for Volunteers, Telemedicine training to Outer Banks, NC, Feb.19, 2013.

UNC Outreach Hands of Hope Volunteer Training: Understanding the Importance of What You Say, Telemedicine training to Outer Banks, NC, Feb. 19, 2013.

North Carolina Survivorship Summit, Fayetteville, NC. Sexuality Concerns After Cancer, March 15, 2013.

UNC Outreach Hands of Hope Volunteers and Dare County Staff: Recognizing Anxiety and Depression when Facing Cancer, Telemedicine training to Outer Banks, April 5, 2013.

UNC Telehealth Nursing and Allied Health Lecture: Recognizing and Treating Anxiety and Depression in Patients with Cancer, June 12, 2013.

UNC Breast Cancer Study Special Gathering: Living Well, Moving Forward: Self-care Activities After Cancer, Sept. 21, 2013.

American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) Volunteer Network, Raleigh, NC. Living Well With and Beyond A Brain Tumor, Oct. 16, 2013.

UNC Geriatric Symposium, Chapel Hill, NC. Making the Most of Life During and After Cancer, Nov, 15, 2013.

UNC Heels of Hope Lay Navigator Training, Chapel Hill, NC. Understanding the Importance of How You Communicate, Feb. 25, 2014.

UNC Telehealth Nursing and Allied Health Lecture: Intimacy and Sexuality Issues After Cancer, April 9, 2014.

OMG Stupid Cancer Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Partnering Up: Forging Partnerships with Cancer Centers, April 25, 2014.

UNC Heels of Hope Lay Navigator Training, Chapel Hill, NC. Understanding the Importance of How You Communicate and the Importance of Professional Boundaries, July 31, 2014.

American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) National Webinar: Living With and Beyond A Brain Tumor, August 13, 2014.

UNC Telehealth Nursing and Allied Health Lecture, Adolescents, Young Adults and Cancer, Sept. 10, 2014.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) Annual Conference, Chapel Hill, NC. Caregiver Resilience: Achieving and Maintaining Wellbeing, Sept. 20, 2014.

UNC Geriatric Symposium, Chapel Hill, NC. Cancer and the Older Adult-Care and Treatment: Taking Care of Your Emotional and Spiritual Health, Nov. 14, 2014.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and University of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC. Fertility and Cancer: A Spectrum of Options for the Young Adult: The Challenges of Fertility Concerns, Nov. 15, 2014.

American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference 2018, Tucson, AZ. Strategies for Managing Anxiety in Radiation Oncology Patients: Integrative Approaches, February 21-24,2018.

University of North Carolina Grant for Men with Prostate Cancer Webinar. Managing Uncertainty and Fear of Recurrence, February 16, 2018.

CannMed UCLA 2018, Los Angeles, CA. Cannabis Medicine Treatment for Terminally-Ill Three-year-old female with Relapsed Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic/Myelogenous Leukemia and Moderate/Severe Graft Versus Host Disease:  A Case Report and Nurses’ Perspective on 8 month remission of disease using only Cannabis medicines after relapse. Poster Presentation. Kristin Wohlschlagel RN and Elizabeth Sherwood RN MS ANP, October 23-24, 2018.

Publications

“Survivorship Care Settings”, Sherwood E and Rosenstein DL (2011). In Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship:
Transdisciplinary Approaches to Personalized Care, (pp. 25-31), Oncology Nursing Society.

“Using Telehealth to Train Providers of a Cancer Support Intervention”, Brandon AR, Song L, Deal AL, Gellin M, Sherwood E, Bloom D, Doernberg A, Manning ML, Young MD, Rosenstein DL. Telemed J E Health 2015 Oct; 21 (10): 793-800. DOI:10.1089/tmj.2014.0208

Volunteer Experience

First Descents, An outdoor program for young adults who have experienced cancer

  • 2012 Camp Mom (Bryson City, NC)
  • 2013 Camp Mom (coordinated FDi with UNC)
  • 2014-present Medical Volunteer
  • 2015 -present Medical Reviewer
  • 2016 – present Medical Advisory Board

Oncology Nursing Society- International Advisory Panel 2011-2014; International Oncology Award Reviewer
2013-2015.

Caring Community Foundation-September 2013 Keynote Speaker for Annual Fundraiser

UNC Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (Asian Sorority)-October 2013 Fundraising Gala,” The Importance of Support for Breast Cancer Patients and All Young Adults with Cancer.”

Licensure

California Registered Nurse

North Carolina Registered Nurse

Oregon Registered Nurse

Oregon Nurse Practitioner