Jennifer E. Jacky, MSN, ARNP, AOCNP
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Thoracic oncology, head and neck cancers
Patients are the center of care. I try to listen to each person and understand what is important to them every time we interact.”
Why did you choose oncology?
I have a degree in engineering, but fell in love with health care after volunteering in an emergency department in college. From then on, I knew that patient care was what I was meant to do. I became interested in oncology after working with patients to help manage their cancer-related pain. The science and the team approach in oncology are what drew me in. In cancer care, the relationships we form with patients and families are truly unique.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
Thoracic Medical Oncology
I am a board-certified advanced registered nurse practitioner who specializes in caring for people with cancers of the lung, head, neck and thyroid. I collaborate with the entire care team to ensure you have the best quality of life throughout all phases of treatment. You can trust us to stand by you and your family.
In addition to working with patients, I am also active in research. Currently, I am developing a tool to help advanced practice providers (APPs), such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, improve communication with patients who have advanced cancer. I am also a member of the SCCA Advanced Practice Council, which seeks ways to improve the safety and quality of health care.
What personal experiences inform your approach to care?
My mother was diagnosed with stage III melanoma a few years ago. I remember all of the emotions we felt — confusion, fear, anxiety — as we chose a treatment path. Having an expert guide us in a calm, reassuring way gave us confidence in our decisions. That experience showed me how valuable timely, clear and helpful advice is to people as they comprehend their diagnosis and sort through all the treatment options. My colleagues and I strive to give this level of care to patients and families every day.
South Carolina Honors College
Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner, 2006, American Nurses Credentialing Center; Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner, 2018, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
Post Graduate Certificate Palliative Care, University of Washington