Insights into Navigation

How to Best Support Your Colleague with Cancer

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
Professional colleagues can become a constant and significant part of our daily routines. So how does this change if one of them is diagnosed with cancer? In this article, we offer some tips to help individuals support co-workers throughout cancer treatment.

Tips to Help Employed Patients With Cancer Navigate Their Treatment

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
When diagnosed with cancer, one of the first things people worry about is their ability to work. The good news is that there are steps that your patients and their employers can take to strike a balance between cancer treatments and work responsibilities.

ACCCNN Celebrates Its Official Launch and Inaugural Summit

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG,Billie Lynn Allard, RN, MSN, FAAN,Jennifer Edwards, BSN, RN, OCN, LSSGB
Two years ago, when faced with the tremendous need for a professional home for chronic and complex care nurse navigators, we took the plunge and founded the Association of Chronic & Complex Care Nurse Navigators (ACCCNN). That decision culminated in our inaugural ACCCNN Summit in November.

Clear Communication After a Cancer Diagnosis: Educating Patients About Their Treatments

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
Studies have shown that, when in a stressful situation, people retain as little as 10% of what they were told. Click below for tips on how to deliver compassionate and clear communication that will help patients process their diagnosis and make informed decisions about their care.

‘Tis the (Vaccine) Season: COVID, Flu, and RSV Vaccines for Navigators & Their Patients

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
Three vaccines are being recommended this year: COVID, flu, and RSV. Each vaccine has its own unique considerations that both navigators and patients should be familiar with. Read on for a breakdown of each vaccine along with tips on how navigators can set the best examples for their oncology patients.

Partnering With Home Healthcare Nurses to Address Our Patients’ Unmet—or Undiscussed—Needs: What Nurse Navigators Can Learn from Home Healthcare Nurses

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
Every member of a patient’s treatment team hopes their patient is in a clean, safe environment that enables them to stay on treatment and promote general well-being. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Home healthcare nurses can see things that patients didn’t reveal themselves—maybe they simply forgot to mention something, or they were embarrassed to do so. Read on to learn the value of partnering with home healthcare nurses to best address your patient’s unmet needs.

Influenced Decision-Making: The Considerations Patients Weigh Amidst Selecting Treatment

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
The decisions our patients make about their treatment are deeply personal. They might select one treatment plan over another based on how they process information, their experiences with cancer, and their life goals. Lillie shares a few recent examples of the decisions her patients have made that are both in line with and against their treatment team’s suggestion.

Melanoma—The Life-Threatening Skin Cancer

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
Summer is here! With warm weather comes an increase in outdoor activities. Because we know that more than 90% of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure, we need to be mindful of wearing sunblock and encourage our patients to do the same. Read on for points to bring up with your patients.

Mental Health and Cancer

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
Navigators caring for cancer patients know that cancer doesn’t just affect patients’ bodies, but also their minds. Navigators can only help ensure patients receive the support they need if they know their patients are struggling. In this month’s Insights into Navigation, Lillie provides some tips on how to determine the mental health status, potential needs, and supports for both patients and their caregivers.

Helping Your Patients Proactively Plan for Their Cancer Screenings

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
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.