Navigation and Survivorship News

Navigation and Survivorship News published on April 27, 2023 in Member's Memo
In 2013, nurses made up the majority of AONN membership, but many patient navigators without clinical licensure were also joining. This realization, paired with several timely initiatives, spurred AONN to change its name to the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators, Inc.® (AONN+) later that year.
We all know that screening tests can detect some cancers early (when treatment works best), but do our patients know that? We can help educate our patients on the importance of early cancer detection and where they should inquire for screenings related to women’s health, head and neck cancer, skin cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer.
LNNs have been consistently growing since their inception in 2013. In 2023, there are 35 national, international, and virtual LNN groups. Sharon’s latest Members’ Memo welcomes the 6 newly formed LNNs (5 new, 1 consolidation) and shares tips, tricks, and best practices for maximizing engagement as reported from existing LNN leaders.
Women are living far longer than ever before thanks to the evolution of CDK 4/6 inhibitors. While most of the patients in this prognostically favorable group are postmenopausal, certainly not all are. Some patients might be considering having a baby, and with that possibility, several things need to be considered. Read on for a list of considerations that’ll help you support your patients as best you can.
No matter what stage of your career you’re in, you should always be on the lookout for professional development opportunities. Said opportunities won’t just fall into your lap—you have to pursue them. Think of exploring professional development opportunities like peeling an onion. When approaching professional development in this way, you are able to take the necessary time to slowly peel each layer back at a comfortable pace. The more layers you peel, the more involved you’ll be. Read on for a step-by-step approach.
Are you confident that you and your oncology navigation peers will be factored into next year’s fiscal budget? Learn how to play an active role in solidifying your budget for the coming fiscal year by preparing both verbal and written resources packed with quality metrics that demonstrate your value.
Lindsey Coleman and Kathleen Serfass accepted Middle Tennessee’s award honoring the active role their local navigation network plays in advancing the role of patient, nurse, and/or social work navigation. In this article, we’re breaking down the tactics Middle Tennessee uses to facilitate communication and education among their navigation community so others can duplicate their efforts.
After receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, patients often find treatment options dauntingly confusing. Just like a bra, there is no “one size fits all.” We’ve compiled a list of considerations to share with patients debating options to help them confidently make informed decisions.
Navigation and Survivorship News published on December 20, 2022 in Member's Memo

Recently, AONN+ scholarship recipient and conference attendee Meghan Lundvall, RN, BA, OCN, shared the ways in which her clinic has “changed dramatically since [attending] the 2021 AONN+ Annual Conference.” Her inspiring story is a testament to the worthwhile generosity of the AONN+ community.

Sharon Gentry’s latest contribution to the AONN+ member blog shares how your scholarship donations grant equal opportunities for the wider navigation community to learn, share, and move forward together.

Many assume that when a person is approaching the end of life, their family members will set aside their differences and come together in a loving way. Sadly, this doesn’t always happen…and you, as their navigator or nurse, are likely to get caught in the fray. In her latest column, Lillie provides some ground rules and tips to help you advocate for your patient in these situations.
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