Title: Clinical Auditor-Corporate Compliance and Integrity
Company: Pikeville Medical Center
Location: Grundy, Virginia, United States
Rhonda Valerie Anderson, R.N., Clinical Auditor for Corporate Compliance and Integrity at Pikeville Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in oncology.
Ms. Anderson cares about people and always wanted to pursue a field where she could help them. The area that she focused on was oncology and the care of cancer patients because in the small rural town of Grundy, Virginia where she lived those services were not available. The offer to bring the services to her town and county presented itself and she was motivated and excited to pursue the endeavor and see it through to completion. Many things that she has done she was the first to do them: She was instrumental in establishing the only nurse-model Oncology Department in the nation, coordinating chemotherapy and radiation services for patients, establishing and promoting chemotherapy infusion therapies and education for patients and families for home health care, and involved in the preliminary work to establish the first Hospice in the region. Ms. Anderson started out by earning her LPN from Buchanan County Career Technology and Higher Learning Center in 1983. From there, she took coursework at East Tennessee State University from 1983 to 1984, before earning an associate’s degree in nursing from Southwest Virginia Community College in 1986. She was also certified in chemotherapy administration by the Massey Cancer Center in 1992. Ms. Anderson is a registered nurse in the state of Virginia with a Multi-State Privilege.
Ms. Anderson is very proud of her family and the patients she was able to care for who have left footprints on her heart. She thinks about her patients, especially her chemotherapy and cancer patients because they have really greatly impacted her life. She feels they are the bravest, most courageous patients in the world. She considers establishing the only Nurse-Model Outpatient Oncology Department in rural Southwest Virginia as her greatest professional accomplishment. Ms. Anderson started her career as a nursing assistant in a private practice pediatrics office in 1982 and a private practice obstetrics office from 1982 to 1983. In 1983, she joined Buchanan General Hospital as an L.P.N. and worked in Medical/Surgical, Pediatric, and Obstetric Nursing roles. After obtaining her R.N., she continued to work in Obstetrics, Medical Surgical nursing, Intensive Care, and Home Health Nursing. In 1992, she became the Oncology Nurse Coordinator and established the only nurse-model Oncology Department in the nation. Ms. Anderson has worked as a Performance Improvement Coordinator, Safety/Risk Management Coordinator, and Patient Care Coordinator. She has worked as a substitute teacher and taught nursing classes. She has worked in private practice adult offices, as an acute care charge nurse, and Radiation Oncology. Ms. Anderson also worked as a private duty nurse, a field nurse for home health services, and a Hospice nurse. She was among the first Emergency Department Care Coordinators and Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist, for Clinch Valley Medical Center. She is currently a Clinical Auditor with Corporate Compliance and Integrity at Pikeville Medical Center.
Ms. Anderson devotes her time as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She also participated as a member of the Grundy Women’s Club from 2000 to 2007, a member of Friends of the Library from 2000 to 2007, as an Advisory Board Member of the Women’s Health Coalition on Breast and Cervical Cancer from 1994 to 1997 and a member of the Retention and Recruitment Committee and the Audit Committee at Buchanan General Hospital from 1992 to 1996. Ms. Anderson participated in public relation activities for the Oncology Department including representation at various health fairs and television appearances. She has also appeared in commercials for Pikeville Medical Center. She has been a presenter in the field for local and church groups and the National Rural Health Association in Atlanta, Georgia. She filmed a commercial to advertise the Oncology Department at Buchanan General Hospital. She also developed and wrote a brochure to be used in advertising and public awareness of the Oncology Department. Ms. Anderson was also involved in the production and filming of a video to be utilized for educational purposes with the Virginia Pain Initiative.
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