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Insights into Navigation

I am more than excited about the launch of the official ONN certification! It is my hope that those who successfully passed this exam that was taken at the AONN+ Annual Conference in Las Vegas will share the news with others and wear their certification pin with pride!
It can be difficult to keep up with all of the cutting edge breast cancer research that is published in the various peer review journals. One option is to subscribe to Artemis, an electronic medical journal that is on the Johns Hopkins Breast Center website.
Good news! Your patient’s insurance company covered the chemotherapy drug! But wait, doesn’t the patient have a copay and deductible to pay?
We are rapidly approaching the time when one thousand of us will come together for the AONN+ conference in Vegas. A key highlight for this year's conference will be the opportunity to offer the certification exams for oncology nurse navigators as well as patient navigators!
There is a lot of chatter about this happening right now about whether it is rationale and doable to generate a bill for a navigator to perform specific functions that support a patient’s care.
Whether your cancer center has been accredited for years by the American College of Surgeons surveyors, or this is your first time, it is important that you have a place at the table.
As summer zips by and fall begins, you will be thinking even more about the November 2016 AONN+ conference and the opportunity to become certified as an oncology nurse navigator or as a patient navigator! So start getting ready!
Since its inception, special attention and resources have been directed to providing navigation for underserved patients.
I serve on the accreditation committee, and I am looking forward to working with the committee members in creating additional standards that are tied specifically to navigation and survivorship.
This is the second in a three part series where Lillie will discuss her insights from being a participant member of the ongoing Commission on Cancer (CoC) meetings.
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