AONN+ Evidence-Based Navigation Metrics

The creation of the standardized national metrics to measure programmatic success is vital to coordinating high-quality, team-based care and demonstrating the sustainability of navigation programs. It is imperative that oncology nurse and patient navigators understand that active participation in data collection, analytics, and reporting outcomes are not added responsibilities but are already a part of the professional role. The implications for navigation practices using quality navigation measures are that they are transformative, evaluate professional practice and care delivery, define oncology navigation practice and outcomes, and are necessary for sustainability of navigation.


AONN+ & the American Cancer Society 2020 Navigation Metrics Toolkit

August 2020

AONN+ has identified 35 evidence-based navigation metrics that are relevant to cancer care, and demonstrate the value and sustainability of oncology navigation. The Navigation Metrics Toolkit was developed in collaboration with the AONN+ and the American Cancer Society. This toolkit was developed to help navigators, oncology program administrators’ healthcare executives, and other clinicians who are linked to navigation understand and support the integration of these standardized metrics into their normal business process. The toolkit will provide guidance on how to select, implement, report, and utilize them as they engage in quality/performance improvement and strategic decision-making.



Oncology Navigation Metrics Toolkit

Megan Cotter, MPH
Study Investigator
Monica Dean
Danelle Johnston, MSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, OCN
Elaine Sein, BSN, RN
Tricia Strusowski, RN, MS
Lesley Watson, PhD
Dawn Wiatreck, PhD

AONN+ Standardized Metrics Taskforce

Tricia Strusowski, RN, MS
Elaine Sein, RN, BSN, CBCN
Danelle Johnston, MSN, RN, ONN-CG, OCN, CBCN
Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, ONN-CG, AOCN, CBCN
Cheryl Bellomo, MSN, RN, ONN-CG, OCN
Elizabeth Brown, MSN, MHA, RN, NE-BC, OCN
Barbara Rizzo McHale, BS, RN, ONN-CG, OCN, CBCN
Nicole Messier, BSN, RN, OCN

AONN+ National Metrics Committee Toolkit Review Team

Tricia Strusowski, RN, MS
Debbie Bickes, MN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG
Joyce Bynum, RN, BSN, OCN, ONN-CG, CCM, CMF
Trish Tatrai, RN, MS, OCN, CBCN
Sandra Walters, RN, CBCN, ONN-CG
Stacey L. Webb, MPA/HCA, BSN, RN, ONN-CG
Lianna Willhite, RN, BSN, CBCN, ONN-CG
Statement about the AONN+ National Metrics Committee:
The mission of the Metrics Committee is to support oncology value-based cancer care initiatives utilizing the 35 AONN+ national evidence-based metrics in the areas of patient experience, clinical outcomes, and return on investment.

National Evidence-Based Oncology Navigation Metrics: Multisite Exploratory Study to Demonstrate Value and Sustainability of Navigation Programs Study Team