The navigator role is one of the newest healthcare positions providing comprehensive patient-centric care along the care continuum. The goals of AONN+ include advocating for and validating the role of oncology nurse and patient navigators, supporting our members as they strive to improve patient care outcomes, and increasing patient access to navigation and survivorship services during and following treatment. One strategic method to achieve these goals is through the application of program evaluation, performance improvement activities, and research to support the role of patient navigation. A first step to achieving this initiative is to create a committee to provide ongoing education; support through mentoring, resources, and tools; as well as avenues for discussion regarding quality outcomes, performance improvement, and the research process. This committee is the Evidence into Practice Committee.
The mission of the Evidence into Practice Committee is to bring diverse oncology professionals together to provide interactive opportunities to experience knowledge sharing, increase innovation, and collaborative engagement utilizing evidence-based practices around broad aspects of quality improvement initiatives to contribute to continued professional growth and acceleration of navigation practices.
The goals of this committee include:
- To increase knowledge related to various roles that patient navigators provide to improving patient care and outcomes
- To identify areas of research that will provide evidence-based data to support both efficacy and long-term sustainability of the patient navigator role in patient-centered care and survivorship
- To engage and encourage potential performance improvement, outcomes-based research projects with the assistance of mentoring, and possible collaborations with other organizations
- To provide opportunities in both mentoring in evaluation and research and dissemination of findings and best practices
As the field of patient navigation matures, it is critical that ongoing rigorous evaluation and research is implemented to understand the best practices and short- and long-term impact of patient navigation. All levels of research, from program evaluation to randomized trials, are needed to build this body of knowledge. As more accrediting bodies realize the benefit navigation plays in overall care coordination for all patients, it is predicted that it will become the standard of care.
As a leading professional organization in patient navigation, AONN+ can provide leadership and support to our members to facilitate program evaluation, quality improvement and research, and disseminate these outcome findings.
We began our journey at the 2012 Annual AONN+ Conference with a member survey regarding interest in participating on this committee as a mentor or a mentee as well as areas of most interest. We now have more than 20 active members and would like to encourage more navigators to participate. A key issue that has been identified by our committee members is the actual comfort level that navigators have with the various aspects of program evaluation and a fear of the actual research process itself. Therefore, the Evidence into Practice Committee has created Step by Step: The Four Cs of Research to help the AONN+ membership learn.
We encourage members to submit abstracts that will be presented in poster format during the conference. This is an easy way to get started sharing the various projects you may be working on without having to provide a formal presentation. All accepted abstracts received by July 15 will be published in the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship.
If you are unsure about your project and whether it fulfills the criteria for a poster presentation, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to assist you or have another committee member provide mentorship.
Our committee meets monthly via conference calls, and we will have a meeting during the annual conference to share our long-term plans for this committee. We encourage everyone with any interest in learning how to showcase your work to attend.
Looking for Guidance from Another Navigator?
There are AONN+ members who are willing to help you! Whether it be in developing metrics, research, or writing a journal article, members of our Evidence into Practice Committee have stepped up to offer advice and instruction to their peers in need.
To develop standard metrics in the areas of return on investment, clinical outcomes, and patient experience, using all the areas in which navigators practice to provide quality patient care and financial stability for their organizations.
AONN+ Domains for Certification
These domains contain a comprehensive list of all areas in which navigators practice to provide quality patient care and financial stability for their organizations.
Quarterly newsletter with a focus on providing concrete tools and resources for quality improvement, research, and metric development dovetailing with the domains of certification for both novice and seasoned navigators.
Novice Navigators Chair:
Seasoned Navigators Chair:
Assistance for Quality and Research (AQUIRE/Mentorship) Subcommittee
- To provide mentorship support to AONN+ members in the areas of quality, improvement processes, metrics, and reporting
- Previously known as the Evidence into Practice Mentorship Subcommittee
- Abstract and Journal Publishing Resources Workgroup
- To help navigators with quality improvement, initiatives, outcomes, and research
- To provide education and support regarding survivorship programs and sustainable metrics through sharing of best practices
- To identify appropriate healthcare utilization and program development with the primary focus on survivors’ quality of life—starting survivorship care from the time of diagnosis
- To identify essential components of the Survivorship Care Plan that are accurate, personalized, meaningful, and useful to the patient
With the expansion of technology into every aspect of healthcare, the Technology Subcommittee will focus on using technology to:
- Capture data/metrics for evaluation
- Improve quality in navigation
- Provide patient education and navigator resources
Start a Committee
Please contact us if you are interested in chairing an AONN+ subcommittee on any of the following topics:
- Career Development
- Regional/Local Chapters
You may also contact us if you have ideas for additional topics.