Ms. Marsha T. Oakley, RN, BSN, CBPN-IC
Nursing Coordinator/ Navigator
Mercy Medical Center
Valid Through: 01/31/2015
FIELD: Breast Cancer, Breast Disease
POSITION/TITLE: As the Nursing Coordinator at The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy, Marsha provides counseling, support and advice to patients going through breast cancer treatment. She is responsible for patient education prior to surgery and following surgery, and she helps guide patients to a health recovery. Marsha also coordinates clinical trials within the center.
BACKGROUND: Marsha Oakley celebrated 40 years in nursing in 2009.
Marsha earned her degree in nursing from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She is a licensed registered nurse in the State of Maryland and a MammaCare Specialist.
Marsha has held nursing positions at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, as well as St. Agnes Hospital where she developed and implemented a breast cancer screening program under a Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) grant.
She has 10 years experience in neonatal intensive care nursing and has also served as Lamaze childbirth instructor.
Marsha has served as a member of the National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee of the United States Food and Drug Administration, and the American Cancer Society.
MISCELLANEOUS: Marsha was the recipient of the Terese Lasser Award in 2000 and 2007, presented by the American Cancer Society in honor of her volunteer efforts as part of ACS's "Reach to Recovery Program." She serves as a health educator for Reach to Recovery's program training sessions.
Marsha was named the top NURSE HERO among 15 finalists in The Daily Record's 3rd annual HEALTH CARE HEROES awards competition (2005) for her work in breast health education. She was appointed to a 3-year term with the National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee in 1994, an advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration.
In 1995, she received the Ellen Barnett Memorial Award from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for her dedicated role in the battle against breast cancer. Marsha is a frequent speaker on "Long Term Survivorship" at the Komen Maryland Educational Symposium held annually.
Marsha played a leadership role in working with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD) in planning "The Heart Truth" campaign, speaking to breast cancer patients about the need to pay attention to their heart health. "The Heart Truth" national awareness campaign targets women in mid-life with education about heart disease. For her efforts, Marsha was recognized by President George W. Bush at ceremonies held at the White House in early 2004.
For her efforts to promote the early detection and treatment of breast cancer, the Baltimore Regional Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners selected Marsha as a "Woman of Excellence." She received the Distinguished Service Award from her alma mater, Indiana University.
Marsha is also a regular participant in the Hadassah organization's CHECK IT OUT program which brings breast self-examination instruction and information
to young women in high schools throughout Maryland. Marsha has been recognized for her efforts by Hadassah.