Social workers play many different roles in cancer care and are growing into an essential part of the multidisciplinary team. Today, March 16, is World Social Work Day. It’s a day where social workers worldwide stand together to highlight the importance of their work globally. This year, World Social Work Day focuses on Ubuntu: I Am Because We Are.
Ubuntu: I Am Because We Are is a concept that resonates in the field of social work due to the interconnected nature of people and their environments. This rings especially true for social workers in cancer care as they work as dot connectors to help patients overcome barriers.
Today, AONN+ is amplifying the voices of social workers in the cancer community and sharing their perspectives on ubuntu!
“The past year in particular has shown us how much we depend on one another—for our health, our safety, and our overall well-being. Oncology social workers and navigators have long known that our patients depend on multiple systems to support them following a cancer diagnosis—healthcare systems, corporations, communities, nonprofits, family, friends. We help them to understand and negotiate these systems because no one can face cancer alone.”
– Elizabeth F. Franklin, PhD, MSW
Ubuntu is a powerful message that calls for the need of solidarity on all levels, within our communities, societies, and globally. It is hard to come by a person who hasn’t been personally affected by cancer, and as cancer care professionals, we must all work together to create a multidisciplinary approach to provide the best care possible for our patients.
The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is made up of a network of 8900 oncology navigators, social workers, program and/or center administrators, and other members of the cancer care team.
Discover how an AONN+ membership could work for you by signing up for our 48-hour trial or becoming a member today.