Michelle Spidell, BSN, RN, OCN
Michelle Spidell has been an oncology nurse at Calaway•Young Cancer Center since 2017, first as an infusion nurse and now as a nurse navigator. Nurse navigators help patients navigate the health care system by coordinating appointments and additional testing prior to the patient’s initial consult, answering preliminary questions and discussing possible treatment pathways, and assisting with care coordination throughout the patient’s treatment trajectory.
Michelle obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing right here in Colorado, at Colorado Mountain College. Her path to the medical field ran through some difficult territory—she herself is a breast cancer survivor. “I became a nurse because I was so inspired by the treatment I received, the nurses and doctors just blew me away. For the first time in my life, I knew what I was meant to do, and that was to help other cancer patients work through their journeys.”
“When I’m speaking to patients, I truly understand what they’re going through,” she continues. “Being able to speak to them realistically about what they’re looking at in terms of treatment, that’s a huge benefit I can offer them.”
Michelle is a native Coloradan, raised on the Front Range, but she and her husband visited the mountains all the time before making the Roaring Fork Valley their home twelve years ago. In addition to hiking, skiing, and playing on the river locally, Michelle and her husband love to travel elsewhere and count Japan and Italy among their favorite destinations. Future dream trips include Africa, Bali, and Norway. “I learned years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer that you can’t count on the length of your life, and so I want to get out and see as much as possible as long as life allows!”