Nurse Navigation

AONN+ Standardized Metrics, Nurse Navigation

Metrics for Successful Nurse Navigation

Alice Goodman 

The role of the nurse navigator in helping patients through the trajectory of their journey from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship has evolved, and in many settings, the nurse navigator [ Read More ]

Nurse Navigation, Review

A Literature Review of the Navigator Role: Redefining the Job Description

JoAnn Smith, DNP, MSN, RN, OCN (1); Donald D. Kautz, RN, PhD, CRRN, CNE, ACNS-BC (2) 

Abstract: Patient navigation as a care coordination model continues to evolve. With no standard credentials, titles, training, or job descriptions, navigation programs are as varied as the people who perform [ Read More ]

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Using a Nurse Navigation Pathway in the Timely Care of Oncology Patients

Deborah Christensen, BSN, RN, OCN, HNB-BC 

Patients and their families facing the diagnosis of cancer can feel lost, uncertain, overwhelmed, and fearful of the healthcare system. The goal at the Intermountain Southwest Cancer Center is to [ 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 ]

Nurse Navigation, Patient Navigation, Review

The Effect of Different Types of Navigators on Patient Outcomes

Sheri McVay, BSN, RN 

Patient navigators are widely used to guide patients through the healthcare maze, providing education, financial networking, expert clinical judgment, emotional support, timely access, and continuity of care. This review examines [ 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 ]

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Is It Time for Certification?

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

Navigation is now being recognized as a professional category, with acknowledgment that different types of people fulfill various aspects of the navigation role. Currently, there are no specific required competencies [ 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 ]

Nurse Navigation

Navigation in the Age of Personalized Medicine

Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, CBCN, CBPN-IC Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, AOCN, CBCN Ms Shockney discussed how having navigators intervene very early on in the cancer continuum to establish survivorship [ Read More ]

Nurse Navigation


In February 2012, MindStream Education1 held a conference in Orlando, Florida, titled “Best Practices in Oncology Nurse Navigation.” The conference was co-chaired by Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, a professor [ Read More ]

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The Impact of Nurse Navigation on the Patient Experience

Jean A. McDonald, RN, MS 

We recognize that a diagnosis of cancer can be a life-changing event, with the journey from diagnosis to survivorship, and perhaps to end-of-life care, filled with fear, challenges, and uncertainties.1-3 [ Read More ]

Nurse Navigation

Navigation Principles Across the Continuum

Sharon S. Gentry, RN, MSN, AOCN, CBCN, ONN-CG
Breast Nurse Navigator
Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center
Winston-Salem, NC 

As the growing scope and importance of patient navigation evolves, core principles remain at the heart of each program. Dr Harold Freeman has identified and practiced these principles over the [ Read More ]

AONN 2011 Second Annual Meeting Coverage, Nurse Navigation

Assessing the Needs of Your Navigation Program Will Help to Achieve Goals

Patricia Strusowski, MS, RN 

“Patients come first” is the mission of the navigation program set forth by Tricia Strusowski, MS, RN, director of cancer care management at Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, Christiana Care [ Read More ]