Oncology navigators are faced with the unique challenge of creating and managing a variety of dynamic care models to adjust to patient needs. On Wednesday, January 6, Senior Director of Education and Program Development of AONN+ Emily Gentry, BSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, OCN, and panelists Julie McMahon, MPH, Director of Patient Navigation at Susan G. Komen; Peg Rummel, RN, MHA, OCN, NE-BC, Oncology Nurse Navigator at Abramson Cancer Center Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine; and Zarek Mena, OPN-CG, Women’s Health Program Manager at Smilow Breast Health Center at Norwalk Hospital Whittingham Cancer Center/MSK Physicians at Norwalk Hospital, discussed a variety of navigation models and the role of an oncology nurse navigator and oncology patient navigator as a patient advocate in these models.
Here’s a quick recap of the top 3 takeaways from the discussion:
- The COVID-19 pandemic has brought navigation into the digital world. While telehealth has allowed better communication between patient and provider, it has also magnified the issue of health disparities. Some patients may not have access to technologies, may reside in a rural area with bad connections, or are part of a population who do not know how to use these technologies.
- There are many models of patient navigation and many roles for oncology navigators. Regardless of the model, oncology nurse and patient navigators are integral to the cancer care team and can often find ways to actively support the clinical team in order to provide better care. Oftentimes, the nurse navigator or patient navigator will take on a role where they can apply experience with similar situations or geographies to resolve barriers to care.
- Oncology nurse and patient navigators may run into the challenge of only being able to do so much on behalf of the patient due to legal limitations.
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