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Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalist™ (ONN-CG™) Certification

Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalist℠ (ONN-CG℠) Certification

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Certification Criteria:

Registration for the AONN+ Certification Exams is now closed. New registrations online and onsite will no longer be accepted. The next opportunity to take the exams will be at the 2019 Midyear Conference in May. Please stay tuned for registration announcements.

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Core Competencies for Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalists:

Community Outreach/Prevention

  • Finding Community Resources
  • Community Needs Assessment
  • Identification of barriers to care
  • Interventions to remove barriers to care
  • Community education prevention and screening
  • Population Health
  • Risk Assessment
  • Cultural competency
  • Behavior modification
  • Genetics

Coordination of Care in-Patient/Care Transitions

  • Chronic Care Model (CCM)
  • Identification/Intervention of clinical and service barriers to care
  • Patient Care Process/Cancer Care Continuum (prevention/screening/risk assessment, diagnosis, clinical trials, treatment, survivorship/end of life care)
  • Patient/family center education (screening, diagnosis, treatment, s/e and management, survivorship/end of life)
  • Identify models of navigation
  • Cultural competency
  • Multidisciplinary approach to care
  • Tumor board
  • NCCN guidelines (National guidelines)

Patient Advocacy/Patient Empowerment

  • Patient problem solving
  • Engagement in decision making tools
  • Relationship building/trust
  • Assisting the patient with care team/communication
  • Counseling: conduit between patient and providers
  • Patient/family center education (assess educational needs)
  • Provide culturally sensitive care and education

Psychosocial Support Services/Assessment

  • Distress Screening
  • Strategies for coping: disease, treatment, distress/anxiety
  • Referrals to psychosocial support/resources

Survivorship/End of Life

  • Goal setting-Life goals
  • Survivorship education: long term/late effects
  • Care planning
  • Palliative Care
  • Hospice

Professional Roles and Responsibilities

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Ethics
  • Team building
  • Leadership
  • History/evolution of navigation
  • Definition of navigation and types of navigators (community, lay, clinical navigator- RN/SW)
  • Tracking workload
  • Documentation

Operations Management

  • Health care reform
  • Utilization of resources
  • Work force shortages
  • Organizational structure, mission and vision
  • Organizational development
  • Healthcare economics

Quality and Performance Improvement

  • Value/role of nursing research to validate practice and build evidenced based practices
  • Research
  • Quality metrics: (selection of metrics, develop measure, & create dashboards)
  • Performance Improvement: (methodologies-PDSA, SMART Goals
  • Role in identifying quality needs, areas of quality improvement
  • Role in improving the process

Willis, A., Reed, E., Pratt-Chapman, M, et al. Development of a framework for patient navigation: Delineating roles across navigator types. J Onc Navigation & Survivorship. 2013; 4(6): 20-26.

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