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AONN+ Advancing Navigation at National Meetings

It’s been a very busy fall for members of AONN+’s Leadership Council, with members presenting at prominent national meetings on a near weekly basis. At each venue, we served as advocates for the navigation profession and as ambassadors for AONN+. Learn what we’ve accomplished to date and where you can look for us next!

Takeaways From the Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia Opening Keynote and Panel

Monica Dean, AONN+ Director of Patient Navigation, gave the keynote address at the Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia Annual Meeting on September 25, 2023. She shares that the meeting theme, “Community of Navigation: Working Together Towards Patient-Centered Care,” speaks to the heart and soul of patient navigation.

Importance of Patient Feedback in Demonstrating Value of Care

How is the value of a navigator being captured in your care system? In this article, AONN+ Program Director Sharon Gentry talks about the importance of patient feedback in demonstrating the value of navigation care and ways that this information can be solicited.

AONN+ Has Presence at ONS Congress™

In April, Leadership members Emily Gentry and Jordan Henderson, AONN+ Director of Program Development, traveled to San Antonio to represent AONN+ at the annual Oncology Nursing Society’s annual Congress. They came back refreshed, reenergized, and full of new ideas for AONN+.

AONN+ Represents at 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting

The opportunity to attend the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) annual meeting is a highlight for many AONN+ members. This year, Emily Gentry and Monica Dean, Director of Patient Navigation Program Development, represented AONN+’s Leadership team at ASCO.

AONN+ Leaders Past and Present Rally for Sustainability Model at ACS CAN Annual Meeting

The American Cancer Society (ACS) Cancer Action Network (CAN) held its 12th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on May 10 with a focus on oncology patient navigation sustainability. A series of robust panel discussions that included representation from AONN+ leaders both past and present took place.

Out and About With AONN+’s LNNs

Throughout May and June, Sharon Gentry has had several opportunities to see our LNN members “in action,” presenting at national and local meetings. In addition to highlighting the importance of navigation on a grander stage, these interactions serve a secondary goal by providing Sharon with the chance to hear and learn about the specific activities and challenges of each group—information she then brings back to AONN+ leadership for future planning.

Collaboration With Living Beyond Breast Cancer Yields Valuable Patient Education

Following a cancer diagnosis, a person will meet with a host of healthcare professionals. And while most are familiar with the roles of a doctor, surgeon, or nurse, the role of a navigator may be somewhat new. Jordan Henderson recently collaborated with Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) to develop educational materials to help patients understand the role of the navigator in their breast cancer care.

Georgia Gwinnett College’s Health Science Program Graduates Its First Class of Navigators—and AONN+ Was There to Celebrate

On May 8, 2023, Monica Dean, AONN+’s Director of Patient Navigation Program Development, had the opportunity to speak to the first graduating class of Georgia Gwinnett College’s patient navigation degree program. In this piece, she reflects upon the experience.

AONN+’s Participation at the First International Patient Navigation Congress

This year, the Navegación de Pacientes Internacional (NPI) hosted their first International Patient Navigation Congress to help combine regional efforts to expand the implementation of Patient Navigation in Latin America. AONN+ was honored to speak on 2 panels: Digital Database Solutions for Patients, and Patient Navigator Training and Certification. Additionally, for AONN+’s work to educate and empower oncology nurses and patient navigators, NPI recognized the Academy with an Outstanding Leadership Award.

Read on for more information about each panel and the award.