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Although patient navigation services are becoming more common at cancer programs nationwide, physicians and administrators still frequently ask, “What are the responsibilities of the navigator?”
October 23, 2017 | AONN+ Blog
Clinical Trials
One of the best roles a nurse navigator can incorporate into her daily routine when seeing a newly diagnosed patient is to begin educating the patient about clinical trials. All too often, patients associate the phrase “clinical trials” with “experimentation,” and, of course, this is not the case.
October 2, 2017 | AONN+ Blog
Breast Cancer
It’s here! October—National Breast Cancer Awareness Month—although honestly, this type of cancer is very much in the public eye throughout the year. Breast cancer survivors, those at risk, and families who have lost a loved one to this disease have made it their charge to keep a pink theme year round.
September 26, 2017 | AONN+ Blog
Standardized Metrics
Ms. Strusowski recently co-authored an article on “Patient Navigation Metrics” for Oncology Issues, the journal of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. In this guest blog post, she explores this topic in the context of value-based care.
Documentation by oncology patient navigators can play an important role in your cancer program’s efforts to comply with the new Commission on Cancer (CoC) Standards that became effective in 2015. This blog reviews documentation-tool compliance—in other words—how your documentation tools can help you demonstrate compliance with CoC Standard 3.1 Patient Navigation Process and Standard 3.2 Psychosocial Distress Screening.
When patients are newly diagnosed with cancer, their focus is on getting the cancer out of their bodies. They may not be listening as well as they might under less stressful circumstances. This can result in an inability to absorb and comprehend all the information provided to them related to side effects from various treatments.
May 17, 2017 | AONN+ Blog
In Part I, you learned about the incidence of cancer, its financial impact on employers, and that this impact will continue to grow in the coming decade(s). In Part II, you will get insights into what we have learned at Johns Hopkins, as well as in other workplace environments that is important for navigators to understand.
April 20, 2017 | AONN+ Blog
This is the first installment in a 3-part series that examines the latest statistics about the disease, as well as looking at the costs and other factors that need to be considered for employees who are battling cancer.
January 17, 2017 | AONN+ Blog
Navigation
Navigators are vital in communicating realistic expectations to patients, and helping them to transition from one phase of hope to the next, especially when the treatment goes from curative to palliative.
December 21, 2016 | AONN+ Blog
Although your institution may have cut positions, services, and other programs due to not having budgetary means to fund them, that doesn’t mean that these resources aren’t needed; it means they aren’t part of someone’s annual budget.
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