November 2011 VOL 2, NO 6

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AONN 2011 Second Annual Meeting Coverage

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 taining a successful GI navigation program. An over view of 2 GI multi disciplinary programs was provided followed by small group breakout discussion. The small group discussion focused on types of navigation, developing focused navigation and programmatic goals, documentation, referral patterns, re sources, and measuring success.

Take-Home Messages

  • Develop a consistent process – Consistency is the key to success; development of a standard job description with clarification of the role and a reproducible navigation model is the starting point

  • Provide clear communication to patients and providers – Verbally and in writing, everyone needs to be in the know regarding the plan and any changes that may come about

  • Be alert to red flags – Identifying and re - moving barriers to care will facilitate timely service

  • Use quality standards and guidelines – Using best practice standards, such as NCCN guidelines, ensures appropriate and quality staging and treatment

  • Measure your success – The use of data bases and QA projects can help prove and justify the importance, need, and value of your role as a nurse navigator as well as your program

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