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Nancy Peña, OPN-CG, Founder and Director, Navegación de Pacientes International, explains how nurse navigators are being trained to serve more patients, especially indigenous peoples. Rowan Robinson, BN, MSN, Navigator/Quality Lead, Netcare, Ltd, South Africa, explains that the concept of navigation is relatively new in South Africa. She discusses a pilot program there that focused on patients with breast cancer.
Nancy Peña, OPN-CG, Founder and Director, Navegación de Pacientes International, describes the differences in navigation in Guatemala versus the United States. Navigators face challenges with time, money, and data collection. Rowan Robinson, BN, MSN, Navigator/Quality Lead, Netcare, Ltd, South Africa, says that South African navigators encountered suspicion from patients, which led to a marketing campaign to introduce navigation.
Navigators must educate providers and patients about the role of the navigator and how it differs from other practitioners, such as social workers, says Nancy Peña, OPN-CG, Founder and Director, Navegación de Pacientes International. Rowan Robinson, BN, MSN, Navigator/Quality Lead, Netcare, Ltd, South Africa, mentions the crucial need for education across the board since navigation is a new practice in South Africa.
As the Director for Corporate Oncology Navigation at Ballad Health, Zilipah Cruz believes that the 2018 AONN+ Annual Conference helped her understand the needs of the oncology navigators at her institution. While oncology navigators help remove the barriers that keep patients from getting the appropriate treatment, administrators like her help remove the barriers that oncology navigators face.
Steve Pittman attributes blame and shame as major barriers that prevent patients with mental health issues from seeking psychosocial support.
Wendy Latash, PhD, provides an overview on the current status and future plans for the AONN+ Acuity Tool.
Cheryl Bellomo and Danelle Johnston explain that the core purpose of the AONN+ Acuity Tool is addressing barriers to care.
Healthcare is a vitally important issue for the nation, and it is essential that people from all sides of the issue work together to find solutions says AONN+ Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair Elizabeth Franklin
Katherine Sharpe, SVP ACS, views removing barriers to care a crucial aspect of oncology navigation.
Katherine Sharpe, SVP ACS, discusses how to establish and sustain a navigator program that is in the best interests of the patient and benefits the care system.
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