Rachel Lynn Heaney is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Institute for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders, serving Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center since 1999. She is responsible for the care of pediatric oncology patients in the inpatient unit; physical and mental assessments of the patients on the inpatient unit; writing of chemotherapy orders and following protocols and roadmaps as determined by Children’s Oncology Group; communicating with multidisciplinary team members to develop an individual plan of care for each patient; and educating patients and their families about the disease process, treatment, care plan, as well as adverse effects of medications and procedures.
She previously served as a clinical nurse at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, responsible for the care of pediatric patients including hematology, oncology, surgical and medical.
Heaney earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology of Health and Medicine at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, and a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Her certifications include: Cancer Chemotherapy Provider – Oncology Nursing Society, CPON Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Chemotherapy Certification, and PALS Certification.
Her professional affiliations include membership in the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses. She currently serves on the Beacon Task Force and is an Epic Super User.
Heaney cares deeply about educating new patients and families and holds a special place in her heart for the adolescent population. She is motivated and inspired by all of the children and young adults that she cares for. Each one teaches her a new lesson and provides her with inspiration. Heaney is looking forward to the future as new treatments and modalities continue to improve the outcomes of pediatric oncology patients.