Charissa Cordon has been an oncology nurse for over seven years. She is currently an Advanced Practice Nurse Educator at Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto, Canada. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in the Faculty of Health Sciences. In 2009, she was the co-recipient of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Helen Hudson Memorial Lectureship Award. Currently, she is a full-time student in the Doctor of Education Program in the School of Educational Leadership and Change at Fielding University in Santa Barbara, California. Her dissertation topic is on Emotional Intelligence and Self-Directed Learning Among Oncology Nurses.