Articles & White Papers
After the 2006 initiation of navigation networking in North Carolina, Mary Corey, a Pfizer representative, organized a second annual meeting in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the spring of 2007. Mollie Poletto, director of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), shared her vision of navigation from the Harold Freeman model.
The North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association (NCONA) held its first formal meeting in 2008. A steering committee composed of nurse navigators that had met informally since 2006, composed a purpose, goals, and four committees: Steering, Membership, Communication, and Education.
In the spring of 2010, the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN) was invited to participate in the National Patient Navigator Leadership Summit held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dottye Wodogaza, Tiffany Winslow, and Kelly Jeffcoat, breast care nurses from the Columbia area, have been the driving force behind navigation networking in South Carolina. Their goal is to use their time effectively helping nurse navigators network and learn new information. At this point, they have only opened meetings to nurse navigators focusing on breast cancer.
The Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia was founded in 2009 in an effort to meet the needs of nurse navigators within Georgia, both educationally and for networking purposes. The formation of the group was conducted by the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology, in partnership with the Georgia Cancer Coalition.
Rachel Slamon, health educator at the Fox Chase Cancer Center Office of Health Communications and Health Disparities, shares with AONN members what is happening in the state of Pennsylvania as they move forward in the telecommunication age with webinars.