Conference Correspondent

AONN+ Metrics Initiative

Standardized Evidence-Based Oncology Navigation Metrics for All Models: A Powerful Tool in Assessing the Value and Impact of Navigation Programs

Tricia Strusowski, RN, MS,Project Chair, Manager, Oncology Solutions, LLC; Elaine Sein, RN, BSN, CBCN,Project Cochair, Consultant; Danelle Johnston, MSN, RN, ONN-CG, OCN, CBCN, Project Cochair,Director, Oncology Navigation, Sarah Cannon, Austin Texas Market; Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, ONN-CG, AOCN, CBCN, Breast Nurse Navigator, Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center; Cheryl Bellomo, MSN, RN, ONN-CG, OCN, Patient Navigator, Intermountain Southwest Cancer Center at Cedar City Hospital;Elizabeth Brown, MSN, MHA, RN, NE-BC, OCN ,Senior Director, Oncology Navigation, Sarah Cannon; Barbara Rizzo McHale, BSN, RN, ONN-CG, OCN, CBCN, Patient Navigator, St. Mary’s Cancer Treatment Center and Samaritan Radiation Oncology; Nicole Messier, BSN, RN, OCN, Site-Specific Nurse Navigator, University of Vermont Medical Center 

Background: There is a gap in the literature regarding the key areas that measure the success of navigation programs—patient experience (PE), clinical outcome (CO), and business performance or return on [ Read More ]

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Preoperative Thoracic Surgery Education Improves Patient Outcomes

Preoperative thoracic surgery education increases patient satisfaction and decreases patient anxiety and readmission rates associated with postoperative complications, all while optimizing overall outcomes for thoracic surgery patients, according to Katherine [ Read More ]

AONN+ Metrics Initiative

Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators Announces Standardized Navigation Metrics

Tricia Strusowski, RN, MS, Manager, Oncology Solutions, LLC, Decatur, GA;
Elaine Sein, RN, BSN, CBCN, Consultant;
Danelle Johnston, MSN, BSN, RN, OCN, CBCN, Director, Oncology Navigation, Sarah Cannon, Austin texas Market 

Executive Summary There is a gap in the literature regarding the key areas that measure the success of navigation programs—patient experience (PE), clinical outcomes (CO), and business performance or return [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Advice for Beginner Navigators

Oncology navigators in the early stages of their career need navigation assistance, too. At the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) 7th Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference, Tricia [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Patient-Centered Medicine: The Community Oncology Medical Home Model

At the heart of the Oncology Medical Home is triage, according to Barbara L. McAneny, MD, a board certified medical oncologist at New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants, and founder of [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Becoming a Champion for LGBTQ Cancer Patients

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals face unique health risks and challenges when dealing with cancer, according to Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, Director of the George Washington (GW) University [ Read More ]

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Long-term Care of Lung Cancer Patients: A Novel Thoracic Survivorship Program

Lung cancer patients experience considerable physical and psychosocial sequelae of their treatment in addition to preexisting comorbidities, but there are many opportunities to intervene through surveillance, screening, and management delivered [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

AONN+ Meeting Addresses Evolution of the Navigator Role, Announces Cancer Moonshot Collaboration

The 7th Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) welcomed more than 900 nurse and patient navigators to the Las Vegas Aria, [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

AONN+ Announces Evidence-Based Navigation Metrics

There is a gap in the literature regarding the key areas that measure the success of navigation programs, but a new set of standardized, evidence-based navigation metrics, developed by the [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Get It Right Today, Not Tomorrow: Lessons Learned from a Plane Crash

The morning after her 21st birthday, Mercedes Ramirez-Johnson woke up in plane wreckage on the side of a mountain, with no recollection of how she got there. In a keynote [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Genetic Testing and the Role of Nurse Navigators

In the era of genomic medicine, individuals can go online and learn about their family history, and in the process, their risk for certain cancers. But even though genomic testing [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Navigating Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer face a unique set of needs and challenges, but at the end of the day, they just want to be taken seriously and [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Transforming Medical Jargon into Patient-Friendly Content

Achieving universal health literacy is as simple as treating all patients as if they are at risk of not understanding health information, according to Deborah Christensen, MSN, APRN, AOCNS, HNB-BC. [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Building a Survivorship Navigation Program: Lessons Learned

Developing an evidence-based survivorship navigation program involves a fair amount of trial and error, according to JaLisa Boyd, RN, BSN, MS, and Katie Navarte, LMSW, who make up a nurse/social [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Stop, Breathe, Reflect: Practicing Mindfulness in Medicine

Practicing mindfulness in medicine has positive effects on both providers and the patients they care for, according to John Inzerillo, MD, Medical Director of Oncology at Marion L. Shepard Cancer [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

AONN+ Exceptional Posters Awards Ceremony

An array of original research was presented in poster form at the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) 7th Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference, where more than 900 [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Don’t Take the Bait: Emotionally Charged Situations at Work

Dealing with emotionally charged patients and peers can be taxing for all parties involved, particularly in the oncology setting, but effective communication can alleviate stress at work and improve patient [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Cancer Health Disparities Among Low-Income Populations

Low-income populations experience substantial barriers to cancer care, and in the year 2014, the burden of cancer mortality surpassed that of heart disease in 22 US states, according to Dwana [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Supporting Your Employees and Managing Cancer at Work

Balancing cancer treatment with work responsibilities can be challenging for both employees and employers. But a program piloted at Johns Hopkins called Managing Cancer at Work (MCaW) provides people in [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Navigating Unique Populations: Native American Patient Navigators

Cultural awareness is vital for successful patient navigation, particularly in unique patient populations, according to Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH, of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Founder of the Native American [ Read More ]

Association of Community Cancer Centers

Spiritual Care of Cancer Patients Across the Continuum

Through staff collaboration and the creation of patient narratives in electronic medical records (EMRs), spiritual care plans encourage caregivers to remember the human spirit of their patients with cancer, according [ Read More ]

ESMO 2016

Potentially Practice-Changing: Ribociclib/Letrozole Combo in Advanced Breast Cancer

The addition of the selective CDK4/6 inhibitor ribociclib to letrozole significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) in hormone receptor–positive (HR+) advanced breast cancer. Compared with letrozole alone, the combination of ribociclib/letrozole [ Read More ]

American Society for Radiation Oncology

Closing the Racial Divide for Curative Lung Cancer

Racial inequality in healthcare is a long-standing problem that has been studied for decades. The Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE) trial, one of the first [ Read More ]

American Society for Radiation Oncology

Call to Action: Address Patients’ Sexual Health

Sexual dysfunction is a common problem for cancer survivors, and nurses can be a part of the solution by addressing this issue, educating themselves, and joining with other health professionals [ Read More ]

ESMO 2016

Published Studies Underreport Toxicities Associated with Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy

Most oncologists’ knowledge about toxicities associated with newer therapies comes mainly from clinical trials, but publications of clinical trial safety results may be misleading, according to a study presented at [ Read More ]

ESMO 2016

Quality of Life Improved with Nivolumab versus Chemotherapy

In recent years, the cancer patient’s experience has been recognized as an important factor in determining the value of a treatment. According to patient reports, their quality of life (QOL) [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Complementary Medicine Can Be Effectively Integrated into Cancer Patients’ Lives

Nutrition, meditation, engaging the limbic lobe of the brain, and other forms of complementary medicine can offer cancer patients an opportunity to participate in their treatment and can provide them [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Navigating the Clinical Trial Maze: Know How to Locate One, Facilitate Insurance Coverage

Navigators can make a difference in negotiating the labyrinth of oncology clinical trials. Facilitating insurance coverage when a cancer patient chooses to enroll in a clinical trial is perhaps the [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Metrics Are Essential in Documenting Navigators’ Value in Cancer Care

Metrics are the key to demonstrating the value of navigation along the cancer care continuum. Navigation metrics can demonstrate the benefit of the program to the institution and demonstrate the [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

CoC Accreditation Requires Patient Navigation Process

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) serves as a resource and opportunity for improved cancer care. The value of CoC accreditation to an institution is multitudinous, said Frederick L. Greene, MD, [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Strengthening the Mind–Body Connection Can Guide Body to Health

Body, mind, and spirit are a unified entity, and by helping cancer patients make positive changes to the mind and the spirit, nurse navigators can positively influence the body. Strengthening [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Game-Changing Immunotherapy Presents Unique Challenges for Navigation

Immunotherapy is changing the landscape of therapy for patients with cancer and is resulting in a new population of cancer survivors for whom survivorship issues will need to be evaluated [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Cancer Care Landscape: Several Policy Changes Encourage Survivor Care

Policy changes and healthcare payment reform are among the items that will affect the way that cancer patients access care in the near future, said Christin Engelhardt, BS, National Coalition [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Nurse Navigators Can Help Ease Depression in Cancer Patients

Oncology nurse navigators can improve outcomes, quality of care, and patient experience by recognizing and addressing the emotional toll that a cancer diagnosis can take on a patient, the family, [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Early Palliative Care: The New Frontier

Earlier palliative care for oncology patients with advanced cancer is the new frontier. Palliative care given alongside usual oncologic care in such patients maintains or improves survival and improves quality [ Read More ]

Oncology Nursing Society

Discharge Before Noon: Possible Through Nurse-Led Initiative

A nurse-led initiative to discharge patients before noon has paid off at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, according to Kathleen Edmondson-Martin, MA, RN, OCN, Clinical Nurse Manager in [ Read More ]

Oncology Nursing Society

Electronic “Facility Board” Provides Easy Look at Patient Status

An electronic “facility board” situated on a wall in the nurses’ station of a medical/surgical unit led to more clinical interventions for abnormal vital signs, a reduction in falls among [ Read More ]

Oncology Nursing Society

Navigating Patients Toward the Dental Chair

Getting patients to the dentist may not seem like an oncology nurse navigator’s duty, but that’s exactly the task assigned to Colleen Palay, BSN, RN, oncology nurse navigator at the [ Read More ]

Oncology Nursing Society

Redesign of Workflow Facilitates Inpatient Chemotherapy Admissions

A hematology unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, succeeded in greatly reducing chemotherapy wait time and increasing satisfaction among inpatients, as described by Elena Lubimov, RN, [ Read More ]

American Society of Clinical Oncology

ASCO 2016 Annual Meeting

More than 30,000 healthcare professionals from around the world attended the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. The theme of this year’s meeting was [ Read More ]

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Navigation “Refresher” Provided by Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS

With patient navigation now established as a valuable component of cancer care, most providers understand what “navigation” means, but fresh insights such as those provided by a veteran of navigation, [ Read More ]

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Nurses Help Capture Patients’ Life Goals and Stories

The identification and fulfillment of their life goals should be an essential part of the care that cancer patients receive, according to Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS. “The patient [ Read More ]

Oncology Nursing Society

More Than One Way to Provide Survivorship Care

At the 2016 Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress, nurses from different practice settings described the various ways in which they have developed and implemented survivorship care plans, which are expected [ Read More ]

Oncology Nursing Society

Get Going with Distress Screening!

Studies reported at the 2016 Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress indicate that distress screening is slowly gaining traction in practices, and patients are benefiting. Cancer centers are now required by [ Read More ]

Oncology Nursing Society

Navigation Reports Can Be Incorporated into Epic

A nurse navigator at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC, spearheaded the integration of navigation data into the electronic health record that greatly streamlined navigation reporting. At the 2016 Oncology [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Oncology Navigation Promotes Population Health

Oncology nurse navigators can advance population health in a variety of ways and create value in the process, said Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, CBCN, CBEC, a nurse navigator at Novant [ Read More ]

Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium

Immunotherapy: Separating Facts from Fiction

 

Response is a poor outcome measure of immunotherapy, according to Tanguy Seiwert, MD, who addressed this and other concerning issues in immunotherapy at the 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer [ Read More ]

ASCO Quality Care Symposium

An Update on CancerLinQ—ASCO’s “Big-Data” Cancer Database

 

CancerLinQ is a powerful database containing vast amounts of usable, searchable, real-world cancer information, created by oncologists, for oncologists, to improve the quality of patient care. A national initiative inspired [ Read More ]

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Immunotherapy Takes Center Stage in NCCN Advanced Melanoma Guideline

 

The revised guideline (Version 2.2016) for the management of advanced melanoma, released by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), shows increasing appreciation for the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors and [ Read More ]

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

New MM Guideline Expands Patients Eligible for Treatment

 

The population of patients with multiple myeloma (MM) who are eligible for therapy has been expanded to asymptomatic patients with certain features under the most recent National Comprehensive Cancer Network [ Read More ]

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Panel Examines Effects of Healthcare Policy in an Election Year

 

The chances for further policy in healthcare during an election year are minimal, said panelists during a roundtable discussion at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network 21st Annual Conference. The exception [ Read More ]

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Test for EGFR Mutation in All Patients with NSCLC

Matching Treatment to Molecular Alteration Yields Best Outcomes

 

Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) are the mainstay of treatment for patients with EGFR mutation–positive non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to the most recent guideline on management of NSCLC issued [ Read More ]

Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Mutation Testing Encouraged for All Ovarian Cancer Patients

 

All women with ovarian cancer should have the option of genetic testing, regardless of tumor histology, investigators in a retrospective, tissue-based analysis of a randomized trial concluded. Tumors with defects [ Read More ]

Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Genomic Instability Score Predicts Survival in Ovarian Cancer

 

A higher score on a composite index of homologous recombination deficiency (HRD) correlated with improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in ovarian cancer treated with platinum-containing chemotherapy, results [ Read More ]

American Association for Cancer Research

Biologic Agents and Cardiac Toxicity Among Patients with Hematologic Malignancies

 

Targeted therapies used to treat hematologic malignancies can cause unintended cardiac toxicity in some patients and can lead to cardiac-related mortality, according to study results presented at the American Association [ Read More ]

AONN+

Writing a Research Abstract: Getting Started Is the Hardest Part

Staci Oertle, ANP-BC, MSN, AOCN; Amy E. Rettig, MSN, MALM, RN, ACNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, CBCN; Beth Yeadon, BSN, RN, OCN 

Did reading the title of this article invoke feelings of curiosity, dread, or intimidation? For clinical nurses, these are not uncommon responses to words like “abstract” or “research.” Ironically, the [ Read More ]

AONN+ 2015 Highlights

Implementing New Commission on Cancer Standards into Your Practice
And other news from the AONN+ 2015 Conference

Christine Erickson 

Aaron D. Bleznak, MD, MBA, FACS, Vice President and Senior Medical Director, Sentara Medical Group, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, discussed the intent of the [ Read More ]

AONN+ 2015 Highlights

Applying Genetics and Genomics to Standard Cancer Care

Jennifer R. Klemp, PhD, MPH, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Survivorship Training, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Oncology, Director, Cancer Survivorship Center, University of Kansas Cancer Center, The [ Read More ]

AONN+ 2015 Highlights

Addressing the Gap in Oncology Rehabilitation Care

“Cancer rehabilitation is an area of care that our patients desperately need. There’s a lot we can do with small changes in our practices, and some big changes,” said Matthew [ Read More ]

AONN+ 2015 Highlights

Strategies for Screening and Managing Psychosocial Distress

Carol Gunsch, RN, BScN, CONc, de Souza nurse, Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Assessment Program Nurse Navigator, Grand River Hospital, Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and Maureen Watt-Smit, RN, BScN, [ Read More ]

2015 Abstracts, AONN 2015 Sixth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category I: Patient Education

Top B1. Encouraging and Supporting Educational Events for Young Women with Breast Cancer in Their Local Community: The Young Empowered Survivors Fund B2. Evidenced-Based Approach to Adolescent and Young Adult [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting, Conference News

Category II: Psychological Support

Top C1. Physician–Patient Discourse on Side Effects Related to Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment: The “Make Your Dialogue Count” Survey C2. Emotional and Psychological Characteristics of Women with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: [ Read More ]

2015 Abstracts, AONN 2015 Sixth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category III: Quality, Outcomes, and Performance Improvement

Top D1. Application of Lean Methodology to Improve Quality and Efficiency D2. Assessing and Understanding the Rehabilitation Needs of Patients with Cancer: A Rapid-Learning System Pilot D3. Bridging the Gap [ Read More ]

2015 Abstracts, AONN 2015 Sixth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category IV: Original Research on Navigation Programs

Top E1. A Community-Centered Approach to Early Breast Cancer Treatment Through Patient Navigation E2. Development of a Tool for Assessing Patient Barriers to Care E3. Utilizing a Nurse Navigator to [ Read More ]

2015 Abstracts, AONN 2015 Sixth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category V: Original Research on Survivorship Programs

Top F1. From Surviving to Thriving After a Cancer Diagnosis with a Community-Based Troy Family YMCA LIVESTRONG Program F2. Meeting the Needs of Jewish Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer with [ Read More ]

2015 Abstracts, AONN 2015 Sixth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category VI: Community Outreach and Screening Programs

Top G1. Practices and Perceived Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening by Nurses and Physicians Working in Primary Care Settings: Implications for Cancer Prevention and Nursing Education G2. Recognizing the Importance [ Read More ]

Online Exclusive, ONS 2015 Meeting Coverage, Patient Navigation

Lay Navigators Improve Patient Care

Alice Goodman 

Lay navigators can improve the care experience and coordination of care for patients with cancer, as a demonstration program instituted in the Outer Banks of North Carolina shows. At the [ Read More ]

Online Exclusive, ONS 2015 Meeting Coverage, Patient Navigation

The Birth of Patient Navigation

Alice Goodman 

Healthcare navigators are an important component of cancer care, but what are the origins of the idea of patient navigation? At the 2015 Oncology Nursing Society annual meeting, Harold P. [ Read More ]

2014 Abstracts, AONN 2014 Fifth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category I: Patient Education

Using a Financial Assistance Program as a Gateway to Support and Education for Underserved Breast Cancer Survivors Catherine Creme Henry, MA; Arin Ahlum Hanson, MPH, CHES Living Beyond Breast Cancer [ Read More ]

AONN 2014 Fifth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category II: Psychological Support

Camp Oasis: Implementing a Day of Support for Children Who Have a Parent Diagnosed with Cancer Jackie Miller, RN, BSN, OCN Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program Significance and Background: A [ Read More ]

2014 Abstracts, AONN 2014 Fifth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category VI: Community Outreach and Screening Programs

Women’s Health Screening Event: Reducing Barriers to Provide Clinical Care Katharine Conroy, BSPH; Amanda Recchini, RN, BSN; Gean Brown, MSN, RN, OCN Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center Background: Despite their varied [ Read More ]

2014 Abstracts, AONN 2014 Fifth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category IV: Original Research on Navigation Programs

Development and Utilization of an Acuity Scale for Oncology Patient Navigation Raizalie Roman, RN, BSN, OCN, CMSRN; Laura Beaupre, RN, OCN, CBPN-IC Lehigh Valley Health Network Background: The oncology navigation [ Read More ]

2014 Abstracts, AONN 2014 Fifth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category III: Quality, Outcomes, and Performance Improvement

Utilizing Metrics to Advance Navigation Services Deborah Christensen, RN, BSN, HNB-BC; Katie Wahler, RN, BSN, OCN Intermountain Southwest Cancer Background: Oncology navigation services continue to be seen as a valuable [ Read More ]

2014 Abstracts, AONN 2014 Fifth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category V: Original Research on Survivorship Programs

Breast Cancer Survivors Rockin’ for Health Jane Metsker, RN, CBPN St. Joseph Medical Center Background: Women Embracing and Loving Life (WELL) is a healthy lifestyle program started in October 2010 [ Read More ]

AONN 2013 Fourth Annual Meeting Coverage

The Future of AONN

Lisa A. Raedler, PhD, RPh 

Memphis, TN—During the first day of the Fourth Annual Navigation and Survivorship Conference of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN) in Memphis, Tennessee, the meeting co-chairs, Lillie D. Shockney, [ Read More ]

AONN 2013 Fourth Annual Meeting Coverage, Nurse Navigation, Patient Education and Assistance

Community Needs and Navigation

Lisa A. Raedler, PhD, RPh 

Memphis, TN—In order to ensure high-quality patient-­centered healthcare, oncology navigators must know patients’ needs and understand the factors that influence whether and how those needs are met. Systematic assessment of [ Read More ]

AONN 2013 Fourth Annual Meeting Coverage, Nurse Navigation

Thoracic Cancer Navigation

Lisa A. Raedler, PhD, RPh 

Memphis, TN—On Sunday, November 17, 2013, a series of breakout sessions were conducted to highlight navigation challenges in the context of specific tumor types. Experts in the development of navigation [ Read More ]

AONN 2013 Fourth Annual Meeting Coverage, Survivorship

Breast Cancer Navigation and Survivorship

Lisa A. Raedler, PhD, RPh 

Memphis, TN—One of the most popular breakout sessions at the Fourth Annual Conference of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) focused on breast cancer navigation and survivorship. [ Read More ]

AONN 2013 Fourth Annual Meeting Coverage, Conference News

Music & Medicine: A Dynamic Partnership

Lisa A. Raedler, PhD, RPh 

Memphis, TN—The final address of the Fourth Annual Conference of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) in Memphis, Tennessee, was delivered by Deforia Lane, PhD, MT-BC. Dr [ Read More ]

AONN 2013 Fourth Annual Meeting Coverage, Nurse Navigation, Survivorship

Cancer Program Standards 2012 R 1.2 Navigation and Survivorship: What’s Happening in the Field?

Lisa A. Raedler, PhD, RPh 

Memphis, TN—The keynote address of the Fourth Annual Conference of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) was delivered by Linda W. Ferris, PhD. Dr Ferris is vice [ Read More ]

AONN 2013 Fourth Annual Meeting Coverage

Six Posters Take Top Honors at AONN+ Conference

Category I: Patient Education Improving Patient Readiness for Initial Chemotherapy Using a Nurse-Based Prehabilitation Teaching Protocol Deanna Xistris, APRN, AOCN Stamford Hospital/Bennett Cancer Center In her poster, Deanna Xistris described [ Read More ]

2013 Abstracts, AONN 2013 Fourth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category VI: Community Outreach

Breast Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT): New Intraoperative Treatment for Early-Stage Breast Cancer Eliminating Weeks of External Beam Radiation Gregory M. Graves, MD; Joyce A. Eaker, MD; Nitin Rohatgi, MD; Jeannine [ Read More ]

2013 Abstracts, AONN 2013 Fourth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category V: Screening Programs for the Underserved

Trial of a Cervical/HPV Hispanic Screening Robin Atkinson, RN, BSN, OCN, GYN, Oncology Nurse Navigator Novant Health, Derrick L Davis Cancer Center Background: Cervical cancer can be prevented with regular [ Read More ]

2013 Abstracts, AONN 2013 Fourth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category IV: Original Research

Thriving Again: Development of a Proactive Survivorship Program for Young Jewish Breast Cancer Survivors Sharon Stahl, LMSW; Amy Mines Tadelis, Survivorship Program Supervisor Sharsheret With the American College of Surgeons [ Read More ]

2013 Abstracts, AONN 2013 Fourth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category III: Tracking Processes Across the Continuum of Care

Monitoring High-Risk Breast Cancer Patients in a Community Breast Health Center Through Implementation of a Plan of Care Tool Sara Hartke, RN, BSN, OCN Centegra Gaver’s Breast Center Background: Initiation [ Read More ]

2013 Abstracts, AONN 2013 Fourth Annual Meeting Coverage

Category II: Psychosocial Support

The Kennedy Health System Oncology Patient Navigation Program: A Collaborative Oncology Certified Nurse and Oncology Certified Social Worker Patient Navigation Team Model Louise M. Baca, RN, MSN; Eric Gonzalez, RN, [ Read More ]

ONS 2013 Meeting Coverage

Incorporating Caregivers Improves Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Patients With Cancer (Poster 116124)

Alice Goodman 

Real-life experience translated into a research interest for Fedricker Barber, RN, ANP, AOCNP, of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. About 10 years ago, her husband was diagnosed [ Read More ]

ONS 2013 Meeting Coverage

Survivorship Plans: The Devil Is in the Details

Alice Goodman 

Although planning for survivorship care is recognized as an important part of the continuum of cancer care, end-of-treatment summaries (TSs) and survivorship care plans (SCPs) are not universally provided to [ Read More ]

2012 Abstracts, AONN 2012 Third Annual Meeting Coverage

Meeting the Needs of Adult and Childhood Cancer Survivors Throughout the Lifespan: Norton Cancer Institute Survivorship Program, a National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program

Christy Roberts, RN, BSN, OCN 

Background: In response to the Institute of Medicine report in 2005, “From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition,” the Norton Cancer Institute call to action was to develop [ Read More ]

2012 Abstracts, AONN 2012 Third Annual Meeting Coverage

The Development of Navigation Tools to Assess Medical and Social Barriers to Care

Laura Beaupre, RN, BSN, OCN, CBPN-IC 

Background: The role of the registered nurse patient navigator at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is to educate and support people diagnosed with cancer through the continuum of care. The [ Read More ]

2012 Abstracts, AONN 2012 Third Annual Meeting Coverage

Prostate REACH, Navigating Men to Prostate Health

Jerilyn Baskett, MS 

Background: The Prostate Risk Assessment Program (PRAP) at Fox Chase Cancer Center is a longitudinal screening and research program that provides screening and risk-reducing options to men at high risk [ Read More ]

2012 Abstracts, AONN 2012 Third Annual Meeting Coverage

Innovative Research-Based Educational Tools/Resources to Improve the Breast Cancer Screening Experience for Women With Disabilities

Linda Muraca, RN, MN 

Background: Women with disabilities (WWD) have the same biological risk of developing breast cancer as nondisabled women but are less likely to participate in regular cancer screening. A previous community-based [ Read More ]

2012 Abstracts, AONN 2012 Third Annual Meeting Coverage

Navigation-Enhanced Partnerships With Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to Ensure Continuity of Care in a Mobile Screening Program

Debra Resnick, MS 

Background: Many underserved women in Philadelphia receive healthcare at 1 of 11 FQHC Community Health Centers (CHCs). The Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) mobile screening program sought partnerships with CHCs [ Read More ]

2012 Abstracts, AONN 2012 Third Annual Meeting Coverage

Patient Navigation: Blending Imaging and Oncology in Breast Cancer

Jeanne Chaivous, MSW 

Background: Patient navigation (PN) in cancer care refers to the individualized care provided to the breast cancer patients, families, and caregivers to ease multiple barriers and facilitate timely access to [ Read More ]

2012 Abstracts, AONN 2012 Third Annual Meeting Coverage

Breast Nurse Navigator Role Impacts Timeliness of Care for Breast Cancer Patients

Loril Garrett, BSN, RN, OCN, CBPN-IC, CBCN 

Background: Breast cancer care is delivered by multiple providers over an extended period of time within an already fragmented healthcare system, which has led to gaps in the care process. [ Read More ]

2012 Abstracts, AONN 2012 Third Annual Meeting Coverage

The Use of Patient and Provider Satisfaction as a Metric for the Effectiveness of the Oncology Nurse Navigator in an Academic Setting

Joan Giblin, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCN 

Background: The role of the oncology nurse navigator (ONN) is expanding as the healthcare delivery system continues to change as it reacts to advances in cancer treatment and delivery, economic [ Read More ]

2012 Abstracts, AONN 2012 Third Annual Meeting Coverage

Developing a Nurse Navigator Program at a National Cancer Institute–Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Background: Oncology nurse navigation continues to grow in importance as nurses assist with the diverse needs of the oncology patient population. In 2015 the American College of Surgeons Commission on [ Read More ]

2012 Abstracts, AONN 2012 Third Annual Meeting Coverage

Developing a Nurse Navigator Program at a National Cancer Institute–Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Maria Tucker, RN, OCN 

Background: Oncology nurse navigation continues to grow in importance as nurses assist with the diverse needs of the oncology patient population. In 2015 the American College of Surgeons Commission on [ Read More ]

2012 Abstracts, AONN 2012 Third Annual Meeting Coverage

Nurse Navigators Play Key Role in the Evolution of a Navigation Database: The Fox Chase Cancer Center Journey

Bonnie Miller, RN, BSN, OCN, FAAMA 

Background: This program illustrates the impact of contributions by nurse navigators to the development of a database influencing cancer care across the continuum. Oncology nurse navigation continues to grow in [ Read More ]

2012 Abstracts, AONN 2012 Third Annual Meeting Coverage

Boston Medical Center Cancer Care Patient Navigation Program: Standardized Documentation in Patient Navigation at Boston Medical Center

Katie A. Finn, PN 

Background: Boston Medical Center (BMC) is a private, not-for-profit academic medical center and the primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine. It is a safety-net hospital, with approximately [ Read More ]