Faces of Cedars-Sinai: Elizabeth Sobel, Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
Oct 11, 2017 Cedars-Sinai Staff
Registered nurse Elizabeth Sobel is a Nurse Navigator in the Breast Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai's Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. She joined the hospital in February and has quickly become an important source of support for the patients in her care. We talked with her about work, her love of long walks, and the joy of finding the perfect kitchen gadget.
Q: What do Nurse Navigators do in the Breast Cancer Program?
"I think about my patients as I walk—who do I need to touch base with, and what do we need to tackle together?"
Q: How did you get your start?
Q: Rumor has it you walk to work, even though it's far away. Why not drive?
Q: You describe yourself as "touchy-feely." How so?
Elizabeth: I feel a lot of empathy and compassion. I'm that nurse who holds a patient's hand and just listens. When I was in nursing school, we would talk about the departments we wanted to join. I remember telling my friends that the emergency department might be interesting because there's so much going on. They said, 'Liz, the ED is too fast-paced. You love to talk with people, and you won't have the time!'
They were right. Oncology nurses do get to spend more time with patients, and that's perfect for me. Cedars-Sinai has so much to offer them, like cutting-edge research and clinical trials, so there's plenty for me to talk to these women about.
Q: How do you provide practical support for patients dealing with a tough diagnosis?
"Whatever you say and wherever you go, radiate kindness."