November 2011 VOL 2, NO 6

Commentary, Viewpoints

It’s (Supposed To Be) A Wonderful Life

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

Opinions are varied regarding how “survivorship” should be defined by patients and oncology specialists. There are also mixed opinions about when a patient actually becomes a “survivor.” Is it from [ Read More ]

In the News

Lung Screening Guidelines Published by NCCN

Pamela Matten, RN, BSN, OCN 

On October 26, 2011, lung cancer screening guidelines were published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). The guidelines became necessary after data from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights

Managing A Navigation Program: The Role of Administrators

Phyllis DeAntonio, RN, MSN, FAAMA 

Patient navigation is all the buzz in healthcare today. Every patient with an abnormal finding, whether malignant or not, wants a nurse navigator to guide them through this complex business [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights

Multi-Tumor Type Navigation

Shanna Gillming, RN 

The goal of our breakout session was to have an open discussion regarding concerns with multi-tumor site navigation, identify potential best practices, and review some case studies highlighting the strengths [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights

Prostate Cancer Navigation

Frank delaRama, RN, MSN, AOCNS 

The prostate cancer navigator breakout session fo cused on 2 main areas: (1) program development/maintenance, and (2) shared decision making and role of the navigator. Through sharing the story of [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights

GI Cancer Navigation

Coralyn Martinez, MSN, RN, OCN 

The goal of the GI cancer navigation break out session was to provide an in teractive forum for navigators to discuss current successes and ob stacles in developing and main [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights, Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Navigation

Pamela Matten, RN, BSN, OCN 

As one of the most lethal cancers in the world, lung cancer presents numerous challenges in diagnosis and management. New evidence from the National Lung Screening Trial indicates that screening [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights, Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Navigation: 5 Steps to Better Navigation

Sue Bowman, RN, OCN, CBCN, MSW 

The breast cancer session focused on the use of the Nursing Process to guide navigation for people with breast cancer. A review of the Nursing Process theory was aligned to [ Read More ]

Original Research

From Breast Cancer Screening to Definitive Diagnosis: Strategies for Successfully Serving the Underserved

Dawn Parsons, RN, OCN 

Significance: Uninsured patients receive half the care of their insured counterparts, leading to poorer health outcomes as a result of delayed diagnoses. Breaks in cancer care impact survival rates and [ Read More ]

Original Research

Streamlining Navigation for Urban and Rural Communities in Texas

Melanie L. Senter, RN, OCN 

Background: Tarrant, Denton, Wise, Parker, Hood, and Johnson counties have a higher incidence of invasive breast cancer than any other part of Texas. An estimated 55,000 women from these counties [ Read More ]

Original Research

Breast Nurse Navigator Role Impacts Cancer Patients and the Healthcare Team

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

Objectives: To evaluate the impact of the breast nurse navigator (BNN) role on the breast cancer population served, physicians, and the multidisciplinary team. Methods: The BNN met with patients who [ Read More ]

Tracking Processes

A Path to Improving the Continuum of Care: Developing a Survivorship Program

A. Vance, RN 

Background: The path to a survivorship program includes key elements to ensure a successful and sustainable program. At Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) we implemented these fundamentals in the development [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights, Survivorship

Inspiring Strong Survivorship Care

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

Andy Miller, MHSE, CHES, Vice President of Mission for LIVESTRONG, delivered the advocacy keynote address at our second annual AONN Navigation and Survivorship Con ference in September. Miller oversees LIVESTRONG’s [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights

Compassionate Care Helps Drive Better Patient Outcomes

Robb Johnson 

Significantly high levels of physicians and other medical professionals believe that compassion in healthcare makes a significant difference on whether the patient lives or dies. And yet, of physicians who [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights, Survivorship

Survivorship Programs Seek to Ease Transition Back to Primary Care

Rachelle Portner, RN, BSN, BA 

As a result of early detection and advances in treatment, there are more than 12 million cancer survivors in the United States today, and that number will continue to grow. [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights, Psychosocial Support Services/Assessment

Psychosocial Distress Screening via Easy-to-Use Technology Started at Lurie Cancer Center

Nan Rothrock, PhD 

A pilot study conducted at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, demonstrated that psychosocial distress screening can be made patient friendly while measuring levels of [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights, Survivorship

Helping Survivors Navigate Their Way to Better Health Post Cancer

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

The number of US cancer survivors hovers around 12 million today and is projected to grow to 20-million-plus by 2020, creating a critical need for focused patient navigation–oriented strategies for [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights, Patient Navigation

Patient Navigation Across the Continuum

Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH 

A collaborative approach to patient navigation that involves both clinical and community navigators can ensure that the final navigation program reflects the needs of your particular institution, according to Linda [ Read More ]

Barriers to Care

Breaking Down Barriers to Care Can Ease Cancer Patients’ Burden

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

When facing one of the most difficult challenges of their lives, many cancer patients and their families also have to deal with overwhelming barriers to care. Having a navigator to [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights, Navigation Program Development, 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 ]

Letters from Lillie

A Season Of Gratitude

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

Dear Colleague, Each year, we take time to acknowledge the things for which we are most grateful. Of course, family and health immediately come to mind, but there are also [ Read More ]