Here are the finalists for the AONN+ Organizational Recognition Award! If you are not familiar with the nominees, click on their names to read their stories before voting.
Memorial Hermann Health System
MHHS Oncology Nurse Navigation Team
Since Sandra Miller, MHSM, RN, NE-BC, assumed the role of Senior Vice President of the Oncology Service Line at the Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS), the organization has taken a special interest in the advancement of the navigation program. Ms Miller meets with the Oncology Nurse Navigation Team on a regular basis to discuss their concerns and brainstorm ideas on how to improve the program.
Not only does MHHS provide the navigation team with the funds to attend the AONN+ Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference, it encourages its members to submit abstracts and take AONN+ certification exams. With this organizational support, the abstracts submitted by the MHHS navigation team have been accepted 2 succeeding years, and its oncology nurse navigators were among the first in Houston to become certified navigators.
MHHS fully supports its navigation team’s involvement in the AONN+ Houston Area Local Navigator Network (LNN), which meets during the workday. The LNN provides education for the MHHS Oncology Nurse Navigation Team, allows them to network, and shares patient resources with other nurse navigators in the city.
Miami Cancer Institute
Yamile Leon, MSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG, ONN-CG(T)
Kristina Rua, BSN, RN, ONN-CG
Since its launch in 2017, the Miami Cancer Institute (MCI) has consistently supported the professional practice, education, and development of our patient navigation team. MCI partnered with AONN+ to make on-site certification testing available to its patient navigators. As a result, most of MCI’s veteran navigators hold the Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalist certification. New team members receive support to pursue certification at the AONN+ Annual or Midyear conferences. Funding for conference attendance, including registration and travel fees, is provided via our Center of Excellence in Nursing funds and foundation dollars dedicated to patient navigation.
The patient navigation team at MCI receives additional continuing education support, including access to courses and paid educational time through the Association of Community Cancer Centers, The George Washington University, Oncology Nursing Society, CE Direct, ONC lQ, and Baptist Health University. In addition, MCI routinely hosts oncology learning sessions and certification review courses.
The MCI navigators are actively involved in AONN+ at the local, regional, and national levels. Its staff members and leaders serve on the national Metrics Subcommittee, Technology and Innovation Committee, and Conference Planning Committee. Two of MCI’s nurses have presented at AONN+ conferences and are co-leaders of the South Florida Local Navigator Network. This network supports collaborative practice and professional development across South Florida and staff routinely attend.
The patient navigation team is truly grateful for MCI’s ongoing support, which demonstrates an appreciation of the value of oncology navigators and commitment to its practice and professional development.
C.R. Wood Cancer Center of Glens Falls Hospital
Vickie Yattaw, RN, OCN, Oncology Education & Support Services Manager
Karen Cook, LMSW, OSW, Oncology Social Worker
Elizabeth Haase, RN, OCN, Oncology Nurse Navigator
Nicole Molinero, RN, OCN, Oncology Nurse Navigator
Melissa Engwer, RN, Breast Center Nurse Navigator Elizabeth McCauley, Oncology Financial Navigator
The Oncology Education and Support team expresses their gratitude to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center of Glens Falls Hospital for its continuing support of the Oncology Navigation Program.
The C.R. Wood Cancer Center has employed nurse navigators, formerly known as resource nurses, for the past 26 years. The Oncology Navigation Program has grown in the past 2 years by adding an additional FTE Oncology Nurse Navigator, a dedicated Breast Center Nurse Navigator, and a Financial Navigator. The navigation team has been welcomed into the oncology clinic during patient appointments and are even called in advance if the provider or nurse believes a patient needs additional support during a follow-up or difficult conversation. The oncology treatment center has welcomed the navigation team into their department and frequently refers patients to the navigation program as needs arise. The navigation team has also become a standing part of the inpatient oncology team to allow for smooth transitions from inpatient to ambulatory care.
Because of the support of the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, the patients within its service area receive the highest level of comprehensive care available.