AONN+ Blog

Get Connected with Your AONN+ Leadership Team—Meet Sharon Gentry

We’re kicking off this new miniseries with Sharon Gentry, MSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, AOCN, CBCN, AONN+ Program Director. Recently, we sat down with Sharon to ask her a few questions about her navigation journey and the ways in which she enjoys helping AONN+ members. We invite you to read what she shared.

Sending the Elevator Back Down: Lessons in Leadership

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

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

A Navigator shares how lessons learned at the AONN+ Annual Conference led her care team to make impactful practice changes

A Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Anxiety Management Before Cancer Surgery

Preoperative anxiety before cancer surgery may adversely affect patient outcomes. A research study attempted to alleviate anxiety symptoms by utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach that involves oncology nurse navigator, behavioral health nurse, social worker, dietitian, and surgeon.

The Impact of Comorbidity on Cancer Screening

Many patients with cancer have noncancer medical conditions. The presence of comorbidity impacts almost every stage of a cancer journey and may either facilitate or delay the early detection of certain cancers.

What I Achieved with My AONN+ Conference Scholarship

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.

Why Indigenous Navigator Programs Become So Popular

In the field of cancer care, there is a growing acknowledgment of the value of indigenous patient navigators in improving patient outcomes.

3 Strategies to Address Transportation Barriers for Patients with Cancer

Transportation barriers particularly affect patients with cancer who need timely access to care. Read on for strategies to address these barriers as presented at the 2022 AONN+ Midyear Conference.

What Inspires Me to Show Up Every Single Day?

I said it then, and I say it now—oncology is a calling. But being a navigator truly puts life into perspective.