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Survivorship

In the second installment of her series, AONN+ Program Director Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, talks about transforming patients' survivorship plans from unused medical documents into life plans that they will actively use to refer to for setting behavioral and lifestyle goals.
In the first of a 2-part series, AONN+ Program Director Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, addresses the importance of analyzing survivorship programs and some of the inherent challenges to do so, including a lack of clinical research and data implementation.
This happens nearly every day, doesn’t it? A newly diagnosed patient with cancer wants to know the odds of living through and beyond his or her cancer treatment. It doesn’t matter if we tell patients that we hope they live a long time and not to focus on stats; they focus on them anyway. But when it comes to statistics, there are some important facts for nurse navigators to consider.
With the expanding role of navigation across the cancer control continuum, standardization of education and a certificate of competency are essential. The current landscape includes high-quality education through in-person didactic and online learning that may provide the navigator with increased competency, continuing education units (CEUs), access to consensus-recommended best practices, and limited evidence-based guidelines.

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