Rebecca Crane-Okada, PhD, RN, CNS, AOCN, is an advanced oncology certified nurse with over 40 years in cancer care. She is also trained as a Reiki Master, a spiritual director, and as a Capacitar facilitator. Dr. Crane-Okada has presented and published on many aspects of breast cancer care to public and professional audiences, covering such topics as self-care, peer support, quality of life, integration of mindfulness and dance/movement therapy, and patient navigation. In 2007 she was named the Oncology Nursing Society recipient of the prestigious Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lectureship, recognizing her for leadership in the psychological and spiritual aspects of cancer care. At Providence Saint John’s Health Center she manages the Willow Sage Wellness patient support programs of the Margie Petersen Breast Center, such as nutrition, yoga, mindfulness, HeartMath, and other stress reduction modalities. She was most recently funded for a study of mindful movement effects on immune function in breast cancer survivors. Special clinical project funding has been awarded for 2 projects to support cancer patient education and the provision of ‘resilience kits’ for self-calm in hospitalized patients experiencing restlessness, insomnia, or anxiety.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Texas Christian University, Fort Worth (Cum Laude)
Master of Oncology Nursing/Clinical Nurse Specialist University of California, Los
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing University of California, Los Angeles Dissertation: “Facing a Breast Problem: Factors Contributing to Psychological Distress and Delay in Diagnosis.”
Reiki Advanced and Master Training, 2018.
Advanced Capacitar Training, 2017.
Advanced Communication Training, Train-the-Trainer. Institute for Human Caring, Providence St. Joseph Health, 2017.
CITI Training: Health Information & Privacy for Investigators; Investigators’ Training; Responsible Conduct of Research, 2017.
Capacitar Trainer Certification. Training in Healing & Transformation, Multicultural Wellness Education, 2014-2015
Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Level 1, 2014.
Spiritual Direction Training. The Haden Institute, 2011-2013.
Patient Navigation Certification Curriculum. Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, 2008.
Advanced Course in Analytical Psychology: Theory & Practice, CG Jung Institute Los Angeles, 2007.
Management of Lymphedema. Klose Training & Consulting, 2006.
Honors and Awards
2010. Invited Participant, National Patient Navigator Leadership Summit. Patient Reported Outcomes State of the Science Work Group. American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA.
2007. 26th Annual Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lectureship. A Compass for the Cancer Journey: Scientific, Spiritual, and Practical Directives. Oncology Nursing Society, 32nd Annual Congress, Las Vegas, NV. (Awarded for contributions in the field of psychosocial oncology).
2006. Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Research Institute fellowship, Concept Paper: Peer Counseling Intervention for Spouses of Breast Cancer Survivors. Washington, DC.
2004. Hartford Institute/American Journal of Nursing Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar. Summer Geriatric Nursing Research Seminar of the John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. New York University. Concept Paper: Enhancing Quality of Life for Older Women After Breast Cancer: The Supportive Role of Senior Peer Counselors.
Oncology Nursing Society
American Holistic Nurses Association
American Psychosocial Oncology Society
Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing