Crane-Okada is an Advanced Oncology Certified Registered Nurse (AOCN) Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with 35 years experience and two graduate degrees in nursing specific to cancer patient and family care. She is a researcher and author on quality-of-life for cancer patients, with emphasis on emotional, spiritual and holistic needs. Crane-Okada has been recognized by the Oncology Nursing Society as an oncology nurse leader in psychosocial care. She is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, Oncology Nursing Society and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.
The MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute (TCI) at Long Beach Memorial has a cancer patient navigation program – designed to help patients and their families navigate through the health care system, while making sure that their needs are addressed.
Dr. Rebecca Crane-Okada, PhD, RN, speaks about the overall goal of the navigation program – to ensure seamless and coordinated care, while offering education, support and guidance to help patients and families cope with their challenges.