Titles and Roles
- Breast Oncology Nurse Navigator
- Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Upon completing her degree in Nursing, Ms. Pinkerton joined the Gynecology/Oncology team at the University of North Carolina Hospitals system in Chapel Hill, NC. She worked at UNC Hospitals on the GYN/ONC inpatient floor for five years, working as a staff nurse for two years, then as the Assistant Nurse Manager for three years. Her nursing focus during that time was caring for women with gynecological cancers, including post-surgical inpatient care, as well as chemotherapy administration.
After moving to Atlanta in 2001, she joined a private oncology practice, Atlanta Cancer Care, working as a Chemotherapy Infusion Nurse. She worked as a Chemotherapy Infusion Nurse with Atlanta Cancer Care for nine years. She was also the Infusion Manager at Atlanta Cancer Care for seven of those nine years. During her time Atlanta Cancer Care, Heather cared for patients with various solid tumor malignancies that required chemotherapy and related infusions and focused on treating patients with breast cancer. Heather obtained her national Oncology Nursing Certification (OCN) from the Oncology Nursing Society in 2002, and she has maintained that certification to date.
Ms. Pinkerton joined the breast oncology team at Winship in May 2010 as Winship’s first nurse navigator. In addition to her primary job duty of navigating patients, she is also involved in several committees at Winship, including the Breast Team Navigator Task Force, Oncology Education Council, and Survivorship Education Working Group. She is an active member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia, Georgia Coalition of Oncology Nurse Navigators, and the Oncology Nursing Society. She has also attended local and national navigation and survivorship conferences to further her knowledge of the current national practices related to navigation and survivorship.
Ms. Pinkerton completed her undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and obtained her Bachelor's of Nursing degree from that institution in 1997.
Ms. Pinkerton is currently co-authoring a chapter on Nurse Navigation in the upcoming third edition of the Oncology Nursing Society’s Chemotherapy Handbook.