Nurse Navigators

Navigation Program Tackles Cancer Care on Two Fronts

Navigation Program Tackles Cancer Care on Two Fronts

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In a novel 2-year fellowship, senior college students serve as lay-navigators then continue on to work solutions to the challenges facing cancer patients.

Effect of Patient Navigation on Satisfaction With Cancer-Related Care

Effect of Patient Navigation on Satisfaction With Cancer-Related Care

Despite growing popularity of patient navigation (PN) in cancer care, few studies have evaluated the impact of PN on patient outcomes.

Patient navigation eliminates disparities in delays to cancer care

Patient navigation eliminates disparities in delays to cancer care

This study examined whether these factors were associated with delays in diagnostic resolution among patients with cancer screening abnormalities and the impact of patient navigation on these delays.

Use of patient navigators linked to shorter hospital stays

Use of patient navigators linked to shorter hospital stays

Use of patient navigators on general medical service was associated with shorter hospital stays and didn't affect readmissions, a recent study indicates.

Patient Navigators Improve Cervical Cancer Screening Follow-Up

Patient Navigators Improve Cervical Cancer Screening Follow-Up

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A patient navigator program was successful in lowering the rate of missed appointments for cervical cancer evaluation following a Pap smear by twenty percent.

Managing oral oncology/hematology treatments in your practice

Managing oral oncology/hematology treatments in your practice

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An increasing number of oncology/hematology treatments will consist of oral oncolytics, and oncology programs are needed to manage the treatment of patients following these regimens.

Developing as a navigator: From novice to expert

Developing as a navigator: From novice to expert

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Navigation, much like a nurse's career, evolves from a novice role that follows a set guideline for tasks to an integral part of the continuum of cancer care.

Composing a CoC-compliant community health needs assessment (CHNA)

Composing a CoC-compliant community health needs assessment (CHNA)

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DENVER, CO—Initial reactions to the 2012 Commission on Cancer (CoC) cancer program standards ranged from confused to frustrated to angry to baffled. But navigators have an arsenal of tools that can help them keep the cancer programs at their institutions in adherence to the CoC standards, according to a presentation at the 2015 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit.

Using the navigation process to improve both your program and your patient outcomes

Using the navigation process to improve both your program and your patient outcomes

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DENVER, CO—The key to the sustainability of a navigation program is effective use of quality benchmark measures, according to a presentation at the 2015 ONA Navigation Summit. Navigators have an in-depth knowledge of evidence-based care guidelines and a unique awareness of care barriers, and can readily identify process improvement opportunities.

Oncology Patient Navigation: Bringing This Crucial Role to the Forefront

Oncology Patient Navigation: Bringing This Crucial Role to the Forefront

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This emerging role is leading nurses toward more comprehensive patient care, improved community outreach, and a stronger voice to advocate for patients.

Navigation and survivorship: Rationalizing your program costs

Navigation and survivorship: Rationalizing your program costs

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The cost of nonbillable nursing hours needed for these programs may hinder compliance. The right technology can link treatment silos and lower this cost.

Personalized medicine and the role of the navigator: Prostate cancer

Personalized medicine and the role of the navigator: Prostate cancer

Molecular tests are poised to become a part of the treatment guidelines for prostate cancer. These tests provide information that extends beyond just identifying the type of cancer a patient has; they can also help narrow down treatment options to those that offer the best outcomes for patients.

Nurse navigators enhance effectiveness of follow-up for colon cancer screening

Nurse navigators enhance effectiveness of follow-up for colon cancer screening

Patients with positive screening test for colon cancer more likely to undergo recommended diagnostic colonoscopy if a nurse navigator contacted them.

Cancer prehabilitation: One step toward improved outcomes

Cancer prehabilitation: One step toward improved outcomes

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As cancer care evolves toward anticipatory rather than reactionary care, oncology nurses should consider developing important new skills.

Facing prostate cancer—but not alone

Facing prostate cancer—but not alone

Frank dela Rama, a new member of the Oncology Nurse Advisor editorial board, talks about helping men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer learn about and prepare to cope with their disease.

Navigators can help guide patients with breast cancer through care

Navigators can help guide patients with breast cancer through care

A team of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine sought to determine the impact of patient navigators on the care of low-income and African-American women with breast cancer.

Growing pains noted in survey on moving toward quality patient-centered care

Growing pains noted in survey on moving toward quality patient-centered care

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In order to meet new cancer program accreditation standards, institutions have placed new focus on patient navigation, psychosocial distress screening, and survivorship care plans.

Statewide organization brings navigators together in a unified mission

Statewide organization brings navigators together in a unified mission

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The Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia is a unique statewide organization of people serving people with all types of cancer, at all stages, in all types of settings, with a diversity of education and training and a shared mission.

Developing an innovative online cancer information center

Developing an innovative online cancer information center

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An increasingly complex environment for cancer care and research highlights the need to streamline access to cancer information, especially clinical trials.

Patient navigation: Is it a process or person?

Patient navigation: Is it a process or person?

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Optimum, risk-based survivorship health care is a provision of lifelong care that integrates cancer and survivorship experiences in survivors' overall health care needs.

Clinical pathways refine disease-specific navigation

Clinical pathways refine disease-specific navigation

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Clinical pathways allow a gastrointestinal service to further refine the navigation process for patients with GI cancers.

The importance of patient education in prostate cancer care

The importance of patient education in prostate cancer care

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Male patients with prostate cancer, and patients with other genitourinary cancers, need information on how their cancer and its treatment will affect their life.

Helping patients cope with a lung cancer diagnosis

Helping patients cope with a lung cancer diagnosis

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Thoracic oncology navigation involves directing patients to resources, providing education about the disease, coordinating patient care, and more.

No clinic, no problem: Virtual navigation program extends the service to head and neck cancer

No clinic, no problem: Virtual navigation program extends the service to head and neck cancer

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A team of clinicians proposed a virtual navigation system that would allow patients to follow the same pathway as clinic patients but without the formal clinic setting.

Oncology nursing collaboration delivers improved patient experience

Oncology nursing collaboration delivers improved patient experience

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A team of nurses at Torrance Memorial Medical Center identified developed a collaborative approach aimed at improving the cancer patient experience at their community hospital.

Integrative model of nurse navigation enhances survivorship care

Integrative model of nurse navigation enhances survivorship care

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A new cancer diagnosis encompasses multiple physician visits and procedures, and can produce overwhelming stress for all involved.

Survivorship program helps patients embrace life after treatment ends

Survivorship program helps patients embrace life after treatment ends

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Nurses at a community cancer center in Minneapolis described the Celebration of Life Cancer Survivorship Evening Program they developed in a presentation at the 2014 NCONN Conference.

The evolution of psychosocial care in cancer centers

The evolution of psychosocial care in cancer centers

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Ongoing efforts are being made to address the distress experienced by patients with cancer and new guidelines are now incorporating this care into standard practice.

Building a great support system for patients with breast cancer

Building a great support system for patients with breast cancer

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The driving forces in the evolution of health care are the aging US population, an increasing cultural awareness of health and cancer, and recognition of patients as consumers.

Navigator Notes: The role of the navigator and its effect on health care reform

Navigator Notes: The role of the navigator and its effect on health care reform

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Nurse navigators can offer more than just helping patients keep their appointments and maintain their lives. Navigators can help the health care system function more effectively.

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