Montana State University - BSN
University of California San Francisco - MS
The University of Utah – Ph.D.
Advanced oncology and palliative care
Jeannine M. Brant, Ph.D., APRN, AOCN, FAAN
When Jeannine Brant was in nursing school, specifically clinical trials in the oncology unit, she noticed there was a large focus on relationship-building with patients and families. This psychosocial aspect of cancer care fulfilled her yearning to bond with her patients. Likewise, the IV lines and equipment seemed to satisfy the left side of her brain.
“I enjoy listening to my patients and getting to know them better,” Brant said. “Behind every patient is a story . . . I get to know who they were before they had cancer.”
In addition to being an advanced practice registered oncology certified nurse, Brant travels nationally and internationally for various speaking engagements. She also sits on a few editorial boards and assists with writing and editing white papers and textbooks.
“I’ve had the privilege of being headlined in national conferences, mentioned in magazines like Forbes, and even been a guest on CNN talking about pain management and palliative care,” Brant said. “I was also asked to speak at the Zofran launch meeting and share success stories after working on clinical trials.”
Brant also travels for the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). The ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Each year at the ONS Congress, oncology nurses, researchers and employers who change lives and better their profession are honored with prestigious awards.
“I was recently in Anaheim, California for the annual ONS Congress,” Brant said. “I received the Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award. Connie is a star in the ONS, and I am honored to receive the award on behalf of her name.”
Not only does Brant demonstrate excellence by mentoring others in oncology nursing, she is changing the face of cancer throughout Billings and America’s health system. Brant is recognized as one of 2,400 fellows in the American Academy of Nursing; she is only one of eight fellows in Montana who hold those credentials.
QUESTION: What is the best thing about your job?
ANSWER: When I was a new nurse, I think we were kind of naughty. Anyway, it was the fourth of July. And one of the charge nurses and I decided that the patients needed to go and see the fireworks. Well we had this route up to the helipads, so we popped popcorn. We brought sodas. We had our immunist suppress patients in masks, and we wheeled everybody up to the helipad. And we had a fourth of July party up there. It was a blast. We had to ask for forgiveness the next day, but it was so worth it.