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One important aspect of navigating is giving your patients the feeling of empowerment. Talk to your patients about having them communicate their preferences and priorities for treatment to their healthcare team, and help facilitate shared decision-making in the patient’s healthcare.
This is the fourth installment of my series on providing terminal patients with important elements so that they can experience a good death. For this installment, I want to discuss the element of forgiveness.
The Central Texas Oncology Navigator Network (CTON2) has consistently held quarterly meetings over the past year with an average attendance of 17 dedicated navigators. They use medical representative–sponsored meetings on a variety of navigation topics.
This is the third installment of my series on providing terminal patients with important elements so that they can experience a good death. For this installment, I want to discuss the element of leaving behind no financial debts to patients' survivors.

The Greater Kansas City Local Navigator Network (LNN) is breaking new ground this month, as they will be the first LNN to host a test site for AONN+ certification! They will have a local meeting the night before the testing, with a speaker presenting, “Is it Okay to Laugh? Benefits of Humor.” What a creative idea to help members relax prior to taking a test!

As patient navigators, it is important to demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse patient population, including but not limited to diversity in gender, age, culture, race, religion, abilities, and sexual orientation. Navigators are essential to connecting patients with information that is accessible and understandable.

In the last edition of the Navigation & Survivorship News, I began a discussion about the elements needed for terminal patients at end of life and to experience a good death. The second element of experiencing a good death is legacy.

Thank you to each member who participated in the regional meeting in Phoenix this spring. My favorite part of each conference is watching the interaction among the members. The term “navigation sponges” came to mind during the open microphone question sessions.

Whether to keep or repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains a matter of congressional debate. The ACA provides important protections for cancer patients, including not allowing health insurance plans to deny or limit coverage because of a cancer diagnosis.
Navigators should be aware of health literacy in their patients, and identify appropriate and credible resources responsive to patient needs (practical, social, physical, emotional, spiritual). Navigators need to take into consideration reading level, health literacy, culture, language and amount of information desired.
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