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Patient navigation is a dynamic profession, and cancer care is an ever-evolving field. It is imperative that navigators invest in ongoing learning activities to enhance their knowledge and skill set.
Patient navigators have a unique role in working to reduce health disparities and promote health equity in underserved communities.
Patient navigation is still a fairly new profession and, as such, navigators should tap into their expertise and experience to educate others about their role.
Patient navigators often serve as advocates with and on behalf of patients. A cancer diagnosis is a new experience for patients—one that thrusts them into a world of unknown terminology, overwhelming treatments and procedures, and complex systems.
Oncology care is a team effort. Physicians, nurses, social workers, patient navigators, and a host of other team members work together to ensure the best possible patient care.
To operate more efficiently, patient navigators should consider adopting the following habits to improve organizational skills.
Clinical trials are important because they help to study new ways to treat, diagnose, and prevent cancer, as well as manage symptoms and side effects from cancer treatment.
Working with patients dealing with challenging medical conditions can be meaningful for many healthcare professionals. It can also lead to frustration and burnout.
In 1997, President Clinton established the Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry to report on changes in the healthcare system and recommend ways to improve.
In May 2015, The George Washington University Cancer Institute launched free competency-based training for nonclinically licensed patient navigators.
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