How do nurse or patient navigators make the continuum of cancer care easier to manage?
The role of the nurse navigator is not standard across all care facilities. There are common roles, however, which include providing patient education and family support at diagnosis, connecting patients with appropriate care and support personnel, and facilitating access to community resources. Some institutions give the nurse navigator additional responsibilities, which include tracking quality improvement metrics, scheduling patient appointments, providing symptom management education and support, accompanying patients to appointments, and coordinating care clinics. As these responsibilities increase, contact with patients may be lost; thus, a balance of patient care and other responsibilities is a must. — Rosemarie A. Tucci, RN, MSN