Katie Moses, DNP, ARNP
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Working in oncology provides a perfect blend of delivering complex medical care and being able to connect with patients and their families on a very personal level. It is my passion, and I could not imagine doing anything else.”
What drew you to the field of oncology?
My first job as a registered nurse was in an intensive care unit. I appreciated the level of skill and knowledge required to care for those patients, but there was an important piece of the nursing experience that was missing for me. Most of the patients I worked with were sedated and on ventilators due to the severity of their conditions, so there was not much of an opportunity to connect with them. When I transitioned to cancer care, I knew I had found my niche. Working in oncology provides a perfect blend of delivering complex medical care and being able to connect with patients and their families on a very personal level. It is my passion, and I could not imagine doing anything else.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I have been an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) since 2013. My background includes experience in medical hematology and oncology, stem cell transplantation and radiation oncology. My career at SCCA started at the South Lake Union campus in Seattle, where I cared for patients with hematologic malignancies. At SCCA Peninsula, I treat patients with a variety of diseases from breast cancer to lymphoma, among others. I am excited to be a part of the community site team, bringing high quality cancer care closer to home.
My approach to care is based on learning about your individual story. While you may have a similar diagnosis or treatment plan as someone else, no two sets of life circumstances are the same and each person’s experience will be unique. One of my favorite aspects of this job is patient education, helping you and your family understand your diagnosis and treatment plan and make informed decisions about your care.
Tell us about an interaction with a patient that has informed your approach to care.
Early in my career, I cared for a patient with Hodgkin lymphoma. He underwent two stem cell transplants and was in and out of the hospital for months. Yet despite how sick he was, staying active was incredibly important to him. Even in his darkest moments, he would try to get up and “get his laps in” around the unit. He was a bright light for the staff and fellow patients. I will never forget his perseverance and his tenacious spirit. He also reinforced the value of discovering who patients are as individuals, beyond their diagnoses.