A Note of Gratitude and New Year Wishes for AONN+’s Membership

Emily Gentry, BSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, OCN
As we bid farewell to another remarkable year, Emily Gentry, Executive Director, Strategy & Operations, AONN+, takes this opportunity to reflect upon 2023, to express her gratitude to AONN+’s membership for your unwavering commitment to excellence in oncology navigation, and to wish all of you a wonderful New Year.

Sending the Elevator Back Down: Lessons in Leadership

Danielle Brown, MBA, RN, OCN, CN-BN
Danielle Brown, MBA, RN, OCN, CN-BN, Director of Care Coordination for Florida Cancer Specialist, shares her thoughts on what ‘good,’ admirable leadership looks like in the field of navigation. Her heartwarming membership blog contribution explains how having people who believed in her and mentored her throughout her career has instilled a lifelong lesson in her to do the same for others.

Don’t Leave Collaboration to Chance

Julie McMahon, MPH
As the ultimate collaborators, navigators have the unique ability to optimize patient outcomes and reduce disparities in care. In this article, Julie McMahon explains how the navigator can leverage his/her collaborative power at both the team and organizational level.

Defining and Measuring Oncology Nurse Navigation Success

Angelia Huels, RN, CN-BN
A Navigator shares how lessons learned at the AONN+ Annual Conference led her care team to make impactful practice changes

What I Achieved with My AONN+ Conference Scholarship

Meghan Lundvall, RN, BA, OCN
Attending the AONN+ Annual Conference helped validate and improve my tracking of prior authorization work, distress screenings, social work referrals, and new patient referral documentation to show the need for additional staff in these areas.

What Inspires Me to Show Up Every Single Day?

Alessandra Alvarez, BSN, BHSA, OPN-CG
I said it then, and I say it now—oncology is a calling. But being a navigator truly puts life into perspective.

Compassion Starts with You

Mary Buffington, MSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG, CLC
As a burnout coach and from my own experience, I have found practicing self-love and self-compassion is an effective tool for improving personal resiliency that can help increase a navigator’s compassion for patients.

The Power of Compassion

Jess Quiring, CN-BA, OPN-CG
I spent 9 years to find my way to become a patient navigator, hoping to provide for other patients the same depth of compassion that I experienced.

Compassion: The Keen Awareness of the Interdependence of All Things

Jennifer Bires, LICSW, OSW-C
As oncology navigators, we have all mastered the art of being compassionate when caring for the patients and their families. Now it’s time to practice using that skill set on ourselves.

What Does It Mean to “Focus on You”: Tips on Self-Care

Kammi Fox-Kay, MSN, RN, AOCNS, ONN-CG(T)
Facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, oncology nurse navigators need to take care of themselves so that they are better able to care for the patients.