Nicole Housinger, CTR began serving as a Project Director for the Oncology Services Division in February of 2014. Nicole is tasked with overseeing and directing Commission on Cancer accredited cancer program projects as well as mentoring existing and new CoC-based project managers and project specialists. She presently resides in Winamac, Indiana with her husband Lance.
Housinger began working for Registry Partners in June 2011, as a Certified Tumor Registrar. She was later promoted to Project Specialist in May 2012 and then on to Project Manager in September 2012.
She has assisted various hospital cancer programs through the Commission on Cancer survey accreditation process and has been directly involved with the leadership and operational oversight of hospitals taking part in the QOPI program (Quality Oncology Practice Initiative) which is a quality assessment and improvement program led by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and RQRS (Rapid Quality Reporting System). QOPI is a reporting and quality improvement tool providing real time assessment of hospital adherence to NQF (National Quality Forum) endorsed quality of care measures, for breast and colorectal cancers.
Prior to joining Registry Partners, Inc., Nicole received her Associates Degree in Applied Science from Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette, IN, in May of 2008. In January of 2009 she completed the American Health Information Management Associations Approved Coding program followed by the American Health Information Management Associations Cancer Registry Management Program in 2010 and also earned her national certification as a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR), in 2010.
Housinger began her career in the Oncology field as Senior Cancer Registrar for the Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX and Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, TX. We are so happy to have Nicole in the Registry Partners family!
Q&A with Nicole Housinger:
What do you like about working for RPI?
Let’s just change this to ‘what don’t I like about working for RPI’! From the corporate staff to the CTR’s I work with on a daily basis, this company is truly one-of-a-kind. Our management teams provides positive and unwavering support which is one of my favorite things about RPI.
What is your typical work week like?
I usually work from Monday-Friday to keep things consistent in the remote setting. There could be a variety of client meetings as well as internal meetings for topics like management, quality control and accreditation. Most often I am done with my hours early on Friday and get an early start to the weekend!
How does working as a consultant differ from working at a healthcare facility?
One of the things I love to do is keep learning, moving and growing. I don’t feel this opportunity was present in some facilities. Since becoming a consultant, I have learned 3 additional registry software’s and met with numerous Cancer Program teams across the country. I am able to have a wonderful work-home life balance due to the remote position and not having to travel daily.