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Heart and Soul of Oncology Navigation provides a platform for navigators to discuss topics reflective of the Academy’s 8 domains of knowledge.

  • Community Outreach and Prevention
  • Coordination of Care/Care Transitions
  • Patient Advocacy/Patient Empowerment
  • Psychosocial Support Services and Assessment
  • Survivorship/End of Life
  • Professional Roles and Responsibilities
  • Operational Management/Organizational Development/Health Economics
  • Research/Quality/Performance Improvement

Once a month we will release a new episode that features AONN+ members highlighting community stories from the front lines, best practices, lessons learned throughout a navigator career, resources and support services.


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  • 2022 Episode Schedule*

    Episode No. 19 – February 23, 2022

    Episode No. 19

    Loving Yourself: Lessons in Caregiving

    Faculty:

    Emily Gentry, BSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, OCN
    Senior Director, Education and Program Development
    AONN+

    Monica Dean, HON-OPN-CG
    Director, Patient Navigation Program Development
    AONN+

    Released February 23, 2022

    Episode No. 20 – March 2, 2022

    Episode No. 20

    Perspectives on Certification: Physician, Nurse, and Patient Navigator

    Faculty:

    Lisa Hartman, MS, MA, BSEd, BSN, RN
    Director of Certification, AONN+ Foundation for Learning, Inc.

    Released March 2, 2022

    Episode No. 21 – May 25, 2022

    Episode No. 21

    Leadership for Navigation: Sustainability on How Leadership Promotes Values of Navigation

    Faculty:

    Marsha Clements, RN, MSN/Ed, PhD, OCN
    Executive Director of an oncology service line
    New Hampshire

    Andrea (Andi) Dwyer
    Director, Colorado Cancer Screening Program (CCSP)
    University of Colorado Cancer Center

    Released May 25, 2022

    Episode No. 22 – August 31, 2022

    Episode No. 22

    Navigating Disparate Population: a Focus on the Indigenous Population

    Faculty:

    Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH, OPN-CGSM
    President, Native American Cancer Initiatives, Inc. (NACI)

    Released August 31, 2022

    Episode No. 23 – November 21, 2022

    Episode No. 23

    Role of the Oncology Navigator within the Multidisciplinary Healthcare Setting

    Domain: Coordination of Care/ Care Transitions

    Faculty:

    Alessandra Alvarez BSN, BHSA, OPN-CG
    Navigator for Head and Neck Cancer/Endocrine
    Miami Cancer Center, Baptist Health

    Jennifer Bires, LICSW, OSW-C
    Executive Director of Life with Cancer and Patient Experience
    Inova Schar Cancer Institute (ISCI), Fairfax, VA

    Moderator:

    Kim Parham, RN, BSN, CN-BN
    Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Clinical Liaison
    Thynk Health

    Released November 21, 2022

    Episode No. 24 – Coming Soon!

    Episode No. 24

    More to Come

  • 2021 Episode Schedule

    Episode No. 7 – January 27, 2021

    Episode No. 7

    How to Implement a Successful LNN

    Domain: Professional Roles and Responsibilities

    Faculty:

    Kristina Rua, MSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG
    Director of Oncology Navigation,
    East Florida Division,
    Sarah Cannon,
    HCA East Florida Division

    Sue Ellen Glover, MSN, RN, OCN, CBCN, ONN-CG
    Oncology Nurse Navigator,
    St. Petersburg General Hospital

    Released January 27, 2021

    Episode No. 8 – February 24, 2021

    Episode No. 8

    The Role of the Patient Navigator: Responding to Crisis

    Domain: Community Outreach & Prevention

    Faculty:

    Zarek Mena, OPN-CG
    Women’s Health Program Manager,
    Smilow Breast Health Center at Norwalk Hospital

    Moderator: Monica Dean, HON-OPN-CG
    Director of Patient Navigation Program Development

    Released February 24, 2021

    Episode No. 9 – March 24, 2021

    Episode No. 9

    Young Adults with Cancer

    Domain: Care Coordination and Care Transitions

    Faculty:

    Megan Solinger, MHS, MA, OPN-CG
    Director of Patient Navigation, Ulman Foundation
    AYA Patient Navigator, University of Maryland

    Devon Ciampa, LMSW
    Clinical Social Worker, The Johns Hopkins Children's Center
    AYA Patient Navigator, Ulman Foundation

    Released March 24, 2021

    Episode No. 10 – April 28, 2021

    Episode No. 10

    Professional Development: Mentorship

    Domain: Professional Roles and Responsibilities

    Faculty:

    Natalie Fellers
    Cancer Care Liaison
    Northside Hospital

    Patricia Johnson, BS, RN, OCN, CBCN
    Oncology Care Coordinator
    UVM Health Network – CVPH

    Released April 28, 2021

    Episode No. 11 – May 26, 2021

    Episode No. 11

    Patient Education and Patient Empowerment

    Domain: Patient Advocacy/Patient Empowerment

    Faculty:

    Ayesha Azam
    Vice President of Medical Affairs
    PAN Foundation

    Joanna Morales
    Chief Executive Officer
    Triage Cancer

    Released May 26, 2021

    Episode No. 12 – June 23, 2021

    Episode No. 12

    Heroes of Hope Interviews

    Domain: Patient Advocacy/Patient Empowerment

    Faculty:

    Sharon Frances
    Co-Founder, Well Beings Studio

    Melinda Bachini
    Director, Advocacy
    Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation

    Moderator:

    Monica Dean
    Director, Patient Navigation Program Development
    AONN+

    Released June 23, 2021

    Episode No. 13 – July 28, 2021

    Episode No. 13

    COVID-Driven Innovation: Virtual Tumor Boards

    Domain: Operations Management

    Faculty:

    Cindy Barnard, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
    Senior Clinical Oncology Domain Expert
    Roche Information Systems

    Zilipah Cruz, MSN-RN
    Director for Corporate Oncology Navigation
    Ballad Health

    Released July 28, 2021

    Episode No. 14 – August 25, 2021

    Episode No. 14

    Geriatric Oncology

    Domain: Patient Advocacy/Patient Empowerment

    Faculty:

    Sarah H. Kagan, PhD, RN, AOCN, APRN-BC, FAAN, FGSA

    Lora Rhodes, MSW, LSW

    Moderator:

    Lisa Hartman
    AONN+ FFL Director of Certification

    Released August 25, 2021

    Episode No. 15 – September 23, 2021

    Episode No. 15

    Young Women with Breast Cancer: Needs and Opportunities

    Domain: Patient Advocacy/Patient Empowerment

    Released September 23, 2021

    Episode No. 16 – October 27, 2021

    Episode No. 16

    Leadership - Communication, Creativity and Cultivation

    Domain: Professional Roles and Responsibilities

    Faculty:

    Kendra Barber, MHA, BSN, RN, OCN

    Mary Buffington, MSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG,

    Released October 27, 2021

    Episode No. 17 – November 24, 2021

    Episode No. 17

    Emotional Responses to Cancer

    Domain: Psychosocial Support Services/Assessment

    Faculty:

    Monica Dean
    Director, Patient Navigation Program Development
    AONN+

    Released November 24, 2021

    Episode No. 18 – December 22, 2021

    Episode No. 18

    The Heart of a Researcher

    Domain: Quality and Performance Improvement

    Faculty:

    Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH

    Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH

    Moderator:

    Lisa Hartman
    Director, Certification
    AONN+ Foundation for Learning, Inc.

    Released December 22, 2021

  • 2020 Episode Schedule

    Episode No. 1 – July 22, 2020

    Episode No. 1

    How to Implement a Successful Virtual Environment for Support Programs

    Domain: Psychosocial Support Services and Assessment

    Faculty:

    Pamela Goetz, OPN-CG
    Oncology Survivorship Program Manager
    Center for Patient and Family Services
    Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine
    Washington, DC

    Jennifer Bires, LCSW, OSW-C
    Manager, Patient Support Services
    GW Cancer Center
    Washington DC

    Released July 22, 2020

    Episode No. 2 – August 26, 2020

    Episode No. 2

    The Role of the Navigator as the Genetic Extender

    Domain: Coordination of Care/Care Transitions

    Faculty:

    Jennifer R. Klemp, PhD, MPH, MA

    Frank Dela Rama, RN, MS, AOCNS, AGN-BS

    Released August 26, 2020

    Episode No. 3 – September 23, 2020

    Episode No. 3

    Challenges with Disparate Populations

    Domain: Community Outreach and Prevention

    Faculty:

    Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH

    Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH

    Released September 23, 2020

    Episode No. 4 – October 21, 2020

    Episode No. 4

    Professional Development and the Role of Certification

    Domain: Professional Roles and Responsibilities

    Faculty:

    Monica Dean, HON-OPN-CG

    Emily Gentry, BSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, OCN

    Margaret Rummel, RN, MHA, OCN, NE-BC, HON-ONN-CG

    Zarek Mena, OPN-CG

    Released October 21, 2020

    Episode No. 5 – November 18, 2020

    Episode No. 5

    How to Best Use Advocacy Organizations

    Domain: Patient Advocacy/Patient Empowerment

    Faculty:

    Elizabeth Franklin, PhD, MSW

    Clara Lambert, BBA, OPN-CG

    Released November 18, 2020

    Episode No. 6 – December 16, 2020

    Episode No. 6

    AONN+ Strategic Initiatives – Members Organization – “Your Voice Matters”

    Domain: Operational Management/Organizational Development/Health Economics

    Faculty:

    Rani Khetarpal, MBA

    Christian Downs, JD, MHA

    Released December 16, 2020

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