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Learning Guide

Cancer Survivorship for the Oncology Nurse Navigator-Certified Generalist

Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, Associate Center Director, Patient-Centered Initiatives & Health Equity, GW Cancer Center, Washington, DC 

It is an exciting time to be part of cancer survivorship care! Due to better screening, earlier diagnosis, and improved treatments, cancer patients are living longer. Survival rates for adults [ Read More ]

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Community Outreach and Prevention

Margaret Rummel, RN, MHA, OCN, NE-BC
Oncology Nurse Navigator-Hematology and Head and Neck Services
University of Pennsylvania, Abramson Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA
 

Navigation is an important aspect of oncology care. The National Cancer Institute Center for Health Disparities defines patient navigation as follows: “Patient navigation refers to support and guidance offered to [ Read More ]

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Overview of Professional Roles and Responsibilities

Sharon S. Gentry, RN, MSN, CBCN 

Navigation is one strategy proposed as a solution to many of the problems of American health- care: high costs, uneven quality, and too frequent disappointing patient outcomes. Our fragmented system [ Read More ]

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Overview of End-of-Life Care

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

Supporting advanced-stage cancer patients in preparation for end of life is perhaps the most daunting aspect of nurse navigation. Even though it is known by the treatment team that their [ Read More ]

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Overview of Operations Management

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

Operations management, according to Wikipedia, is an area of management concerned with designing and controlling the process of production and redesigning business operations in the production of goods or services. [ Read More ]

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Nurse Navigator Certification Learning Guide – Coordination of Care

Cheryl Bellomo, MSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG 

The scope of navigation has evolved from the Freeman model of community outreach and prevention to spanning the entire continuum of care for oncology patients. The current navigation model was [ Read More ]

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Basics of Patient Navigation

Kamilah Konrad, LMSW 

Patient navigation addresses barriers to care and enables patients to be screened for cancer and complete cancer-related care as recommended by their healthcare providers.1 Although the details of how patient [ Read More ]

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Oncology Patient Navigator−Certified Generalist: Learning Guides Are Here!

Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, Associate Center Director, Patient-Centered Initiatives & Health Equity, GW Cancer Center, Washington, DC 

The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is pleased to introduce the Oncology Patient Navigator−Certified Generalist (OPN-CG) credential. This credential is important for anyone providing cancer navigation services [ Read More ]

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An Overview of Patient Navigation, Its History, and Core Competencies

Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA,1 and Angela Patterson2 

Patient navigation addresses barriers and facilitates timely access to quality standard care by providing individualized assistance to patients, survivors, and families. Harold P. Freeman, MD, first coined the term “patient [ Read More ]

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Basics of Healthcare

Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA1; Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH2; Andrea Dwyer, BS3; Monica Dean4 

Although the role and scope of practice for a patient navigator does not require a clinical license or advanced medical or healthcare degree, patient navigators need to have certain medical [ Read More ]

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Communication

Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH1; Katie Bathje, MA, LPPC2; Christi Sheffield3 

Patient navigators interact routinely with patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals, and need to be skilled communicators to effectively exchange information and collaborate.1 Effective communication includes expressing empathy, integrity, [ Read More ]

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Professionalism

Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA,1 and Ashley Varner, MSW, MBA, OSW-C2 

As a patient navigator, you interact with a lot of different people. You can build trust and be more impactful if you are professional; thus, professionalism is an important skill [ Read More ]

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Enhancing Practice

Christi Sheffield1; Virginia Vaitones, MSW, OSW-C2; Katie Bathje, MA, LPPC3 

As a patient navigator, you function as part of a multidisciplinary care team. In this professional role, it is essential to build trusting relationships with your patients and team members.1 [ Read More ]