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Case managers vs nurse navigators:  more and more insurance companies are hiring nurses as case managers. some actually refer to them as nurse navigators however. There tasks and functions are not quite the same as a nurse navigator who is involved with the actual care delivery process of a cancer patient.
This is a continuation of the last article that featured leadership council members as a membership benefit. Meet more leadership council members for you to share best practices, use as clinical resources and improve care for your patients.
Patient navigators support the smooth transition of patients across the cancer care continuum. By educating, assessing and working with patients, navigators can identify potential barriers at each stage of cancer care, including screening, diagnosis, active treatment, survivorship and/or end-of-life care.
As the organization has grown, so too have our members' needs. Educational webinars have been held, the bimonthly e-newsletter Navigation and Survivorship News has been launched, and both regional and national meetings have been organized.
Patient navigators may be asked to contribute to the program evaluation process. Evaluation data are necessary to inform program development and implementation.
There are people on Capital Hill who beat the drums loudly for us!
While patient navigators often serve as patient advocates on the health care team, encouraging patients to advocate for themselves is of equal importance.
Definitely for the short term phase of survivorship. That window of time post acute treatment. What about long term?
Another suggestion for our new navigators as they develop their program is to think metrics! Do not let the concept scare you into thinking it is all about research and numbers.
Are you just starting your patient navigation program? Or do you feel like you are a one-person show?
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