Meet Janice Prodell: The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center’s New Research Coordinator
Janice L. Prodell, RN, BSN, CCRC, ACRP-PM, joined the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township as a Clinical Research Nurse and Project Manager in January. A graduate of the Helene Fuld College of Nursing, Camden, and Southern New Hampshire University, she has been certified in both research and project management for more than 13 years and has nearly 20 years of experience in clinical research.
We sat down with Janice to learn more about how she got into this field and what she looks forward to most at Jefferson.
How did you get started in research?
Before starting in research, I served as a nurse in critical care and private practice environments for various health systems. It wasn’t until I started working in a catheterization laboratory that I met a physician who introduced me to research. After a year of working with him, he looked at me and said, “you’d make the perfect research nurse.” At the time, I had no idea what it entailed. It’s something I’ll never forget. He recruited me and helped me grow in the field for many years.
I’ve worked a lot with heart attack patients, translational research (applying what’s learned in clinical trials to address immediate medical needs), phlebotomy, and rheumatology. I even led lectures on patient-oriented research. I am incredibly interested and well-versed in the organizational aspect of it. At the end of the day, my goal is to make research as replicable as possible so that it helps improve research and medicine in the long run.
What is your role at the Cancer Center?
With an already well-established research program for breast cancer, my role is to mimic that and build out programs/clinical studies for various other cancers, including lung, bladder, kidney, prostate, stomach, esophageal, pancreatic, and more.
What excites you most about working with this team?
Everyone here has been incredibly kind and welcoming, and I’ve loved seeing how they interact with patients. Creating more options for patients, with a strong, local presence, is a wonderful opportunity. Patients won’t have that added stress of having to travel across the bridge; they can come receive superior care through clinical studies right in their own backyard. I’m so happy to be on the ground floor of this and to be able to contribute to the positive impact Jefferson has on the community.
What makes your role integral to advancing Jefferson’s mission, vision, and values?
Research helps us care for patients in the best way possible. It adds a layer of innovation. We’re always searching for the next, best thing. Not only does research provide patients with an extra set of hands-on support, but, because it’s entirely optional, it also gives them a means of control. These patients didn’t have a say in their diagnosis, but they can have a say in where they go with their treatment. They can say, “yes,” to our studies, or they can say, “no,” and return to us at a later time. Each is perfectly okay. Patients can make a real impact on future patient care. All the information we gather, with their help, is for the greater good.
What is a fun fact about you?
I actually have associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Atlantic Cape Community College. It was something I did in between nursing and research for a little while. It’s always been one of my favorite hobbies.
For more information on Cancer Research at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township, click HERE.