In this episode of the AONN+ Heart and Soul of Oncology Navigation podcast, Rani Khetarpal, MBA, and Christian Downs, JD, MHA, tap into operational and organizational development and health economics.
Establishing and maintaining an oncology navigation program can be difficult, and it’s challenging to make your voice stand out among the rest of the cancer care team. In this podcast episode, key opinion leaders discuss advocacy, value-based care, and making your voice heard as a navigator. Here are the top 3 takeaways from this episode:
- Providers have the strongest voice in advocating for change. Policymakers highly regard those with personal experience in cancer care, and your role and story are likely to help create a stronger basis for the argument to create change.
- One element of value-based care is the patient experience. Patients are often supplied with a survey that oversees 5 domains, including access, effective communication, exchanging information, enabling self-management, and shared decision-making. All are integral to the function of an oncology nurse or patient navigator, and these surveys show a return on investment to the role.
- Navigators can get their seat at the table by taking ownership and expressing interest. Investing in yourself as a navigator proves the return on investment of your role. AONN+ allows navigators to build their knowledge through continuing education and committees.
The voice of the navigator is so valuable because it is also the voice of the patient. By taking a leadership initiative and growing as a navigator, you are helping your patients and helping to change the world.
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Stay tuned for this month’s episode: How to Implement a Successful LNN,
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 7:00pm EST.