- Master’s, Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
- Bachelor of Science, Nursing - Kaplan University,Chicago, IL
- Associate degree, Nursing - Central Carolina Technical College, Sumter, SC
- Family Nurse Practitioner – American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse & Registered Nurse – Georgia Board of Nursing
- Registered Nurse – South Carolina Board of Nursing
- Chemotherapy & Biotherapy – Oncology Nursing Society
“I always wanted to provide health care,” says Shanetia Avinger, Nurse Practitioner at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Atlanta. “At CTCA®, the care we provide empowers patients to be part of the team.”
Although she initially planned to become a doctor, Avinger found a better fit with nursing. She completed her associate’s degree in 2004, which included two oncology rotations, followed by a nursing residency in medical oncology. She soon began caring for patients undergoing medical and surgical treatments for kidney ailments at a large medical center in South Carolina.
She continued her training at Kaplan University in Chicago, completing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2009. During and following this coursework, she served as a contract registered nurse and a bone marrow transplant registered nurse, both at large regional hospitals in Georgia.
Avinger provided chemotherapy and biotherapy infusions to bone marrow transplant patients, developed treatment plans, and educated patients and families on maintaining good health during and after treatment.
She also joined the nursing staff at a large academic hospital, providing care in cardiology, the emergency room, and for patients undergoing bone marrow transplant.
Later, Avinger worked as a charge and infusion registered nurse for a large healthcare organization. Here, she became a leader among her colleagues, supervising and managing the nursing team while continuing to care for cancer patients. She completed a Masters in Nursing in 2014 at Walden University, becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.
After completing her advanced degree work, Avinger served patients undergoing hormone replacement therapy. In November 2015, she became a Medical Oncology Nurse Practitioner at CTCA.
At CTCA, Avinger works closely with an attending physician and a multidisciplinary team to help patients maintain their desired quality of life before, during and following cancer treatment. She also encourages healthy eating, exercise, and social support. One of her goals is to provide patients whatever tools they need to participate fully in treatment and other decisions.
Avinger is licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse & Registered Nurse by the Georgia Board of Nursing. She is certified in Chemotherapy & Biotherapy by the Oncology Nursing Society. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Georgia Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.
When she is not caring for patients, Avinger loves being with her husband and their three children. Her interests include cross-stitching, reading, drawing, painting, and spending time with family.
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