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Biomarker Testing and Adjuvant Therapy in Early-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Available for Credit: October 23, 2020 - October 23, 2021
This webinar will review new developments in biomarker testing to personalize adjuvant therapy options in early-stage non-small cell lung cancer and highlight roles for the oncology navigator in providing education and coordinating care for patients.

Patient Navigation Effect on Cancer Patients’ Quality of Life and Distress
Available for Credit: October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2021
This study prospectively assessed the effect of a navigation program on both distress and health-related quality of life (QOL) in 297 cancer patients. The navigation program consists of nurse navigators and multiple support services including an integrative medicine clinic. Cancer patients who had navigators were evaluated at enrollment and again at 3, 6, 12, and 18 months. At each time point patients were administered The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) distress thermometer (DT) and the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy – General (FACT-G). Patients were asked to list the cancer support services they had used since their last study check-in. DT scores, FACT-G total scores, subscales physical well-being, functional well-being, and emotional well-being all significantly improved from 6 to 18 months after enrollment. Both high and low users of the program had improved DT, total FACT-G, and various FACT-G subscales. Patients expressed high satisfaction with navigation.

Sexual and gender minority (SGM) prostate cancer survivors have unique physical, psychosocial, and sexual needs that often go unaddressed due to lack of provider understanding of those needs. This article describes the results of formative research conducted to inform the development of a training and companion materials for healthcare professionals to fill this learning gap. The monograph will also be hosted online on the following website for one year, providing all potential learners with additional opportunities to learn and earn CE credit.

Navigating Pandemic Policy Challenges
Available for Credit: September 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021
The AONN+ Policy and Advocacy Committee will provide real-world case studies of policy barriers facing cancer patients during the COVID19 pandemic and an overview of the federal response to the challenges facing individuals simultaneously dealing with cancer and COVID19.

The Oncology Nurse Navigator as “Gate Opener” to Interdisciplinary Supportive and Palliative Care for People with Head and Neck Cancer describes a novel model of oncology nurse navigator (ONN) to improve supportive and palliative care service access and uptake for people living with head and neck cancer. The authors outline the model in relation to an established program of interdisciplinary care called the Cancer Rehabilitation (CARE) Clinic. Within the interdisciplinary approach, the ONN serves as a gate opener to services and needed care. As a gate opener, the ONN leverages a trusting therapeutic relationship with the patient and family caregivers to ensure timely access to supportive and palliative care services and to promote uptake of these services with the aim of improved care experiences and clinical outcomes. Building such a relationship begins with a structured and systematic ONN intake assessment. Effective assessment, education, and referrals require the ONN to practice at the top of their licensure. The Gate Opener model stands in contrast to more common understandings of healthcare utilization controlling access to services to prevent overuse through gate keeping. The complexity of cancer treatment and care, typified by that experienced by people living with head and neck cancer, warrants opening gates to supportive and palliative care services and avoiding delays or refusals that increase the likelihood of symptom and side effect exacerbations, functional decline, and other complications. The authors suggest that the model they describe may be useful in supporting people with other diagnoses and to other centers.

High grade gliomas have one of the worst prognoses of all cancers with a median survival 15 months and 5-year survival of 5.6%. In order to ensure timely access to adjuvant treatment after surgical resection, interprofessional communication is critical. We implemented a nurse-driven electronic follow-up list through our EMR to facilitate weekly interprofessional discussions between the neuro-oncologist, neurosurgeon, and oncology nurse navigator. The goal of this study was to determine if this follow up list reduced the time it took for patients to follow-up with the neuro-oncologist, receive radiation therapy, and receive chemotherapy. The study sample included patients with mostly high-grade glioma who had unplanned (i.e. urgent) surgery, since these patients are thought to be most at risk for delayed follow-up. The study found that patients were more likely to follow up within 2 weeks, and receive chemotherapy within 30 days after the follow-up list was implemented. The improvement was especially noticed in patients who did not have insurance, since they were able to be enrolled in charity care programs at our institution early in their post-operative period.

Employee Engagement Across America
Available for Credit: June 24, 2020 - June 30, 2021
In partnership with Sarah Cannon Health System, we are pleased to invite you to a CE webinar entitled “Employee Engagement Across America” . This webinar, worth .5 CEU for AONN+ members, will be presented by Jessica Godoff, ANP-BC, Cristina Laviada, RN, BSN, and Melissa Wilson, RN, BSN, CN-BN.

Integrating genetic and genomic concepts in oncology nursing practice has become a necessary skill in the evolution of nursing competencies. The authors introduce fundamental concepts of genetics and genomics and explore related professional nursing practice considerations and resources. The monograph will also be hosted online on the following website for one year, providing all potential learners with additional opportunities to learn and earn CE credit. The online monograph will also be available for 1 CE credit hour: www.aonnonline.org.

Understanding Social Disparities to Navigate Patient Cancer Care
Available for Credit: March 2, 2020 - December 31, 2021
This course will highlight navigation models of delivery so that navigators can advocate for patients with cancer by utilizing evidenced based shared decision -making tools, best practices in coordinating care, and assessment strategies in addressing barriers to care.

This course will highlight navigation models of delivery so that navigators can advocate for patients with cancer by utilizing evidenced based shared decision -making tools, best practices in coordinating care, and assessment strategies in addressing barriers to care.

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