August 2012 VOL 3, NO 4


Nurse Navigation

Navigation Principles Across the Continuum

Sharon S. Gentry, RN, MSN, CBCN 

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 ]

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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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Utilizing Patient Surveys to Drive Process Changes Within a High-Risk Genetic Clinic

Nancy Bryan, RN, BSN 

Background: High-risk breast cancer clients are encouraged to have a genetic consult and possible genetic testing to help guide current treatment decisions and provide information regarding personal and familial risk [ Read More ]

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Perceived Survivorship Needs of Colorectal Cancer Survivors

Lori McArdle, MSN, RN, OCN 

Background: The number of cancer survivors is estimated at 13.5 million1, and the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) requires cancer survivorship care plans that include details regarding patients’ disease and [ Read More ]

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Development of a Survivorship Celebration Benefits Cancer Survivors and Cancer Center Staff

Kathleen Bryte, MSN, RN, OCN 

Background: Recognizing the value of psychological support throughout cancer survivorship and implementing worthwhile programs to address psychosocial needs of cancer survivors are increasingly important considerations in the development of a [ Read More ]

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Strength & Courage: Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors DVD

Sharon Cowden, MD 

Objectives: Medical research indicates that exercise for breast cancer survivors is safe and beneficial not only during recovery but also after treatment is completed. Aerobic exercise may even prevent the [ Read More ]

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Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse Navigator in Phase 1 Clinical Trials

Joyce Schaffer, MSN, RN, AOCNS 

Background: Only 2% to 3% of adult cancer patients enroll in clinical trials (CTs). Multiple barriers are reported in the literature as reasons why patients do not participate in cancer [ Read More ]

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Say Ahh! Making Sense of Oral Assessments for Mucositis

Joanne Growney, RN, ANP-BC, MA, OCN 

Background: Mucositis occurs in 15% to 40% of patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer treatments.1 Patients and caregivers have dissatisfaction with the cancer treatment side effect of mucositis. [ Read More ]

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A Team Approach to the Development of an Educational Survivorship Program Led by an Advanced Practice Nurse in a Community Cancer Center

Carol Blecher, RN, MS, AOCN, APNC, CBPN-C 

Background: According to data released by the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 11.7 million cancer survivors in the United States in 2007, and [ Read More ]

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Role of Navigation and Patient Education in the Treatment of Patients With Complex Cancers: Our Experience With Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Barbara R. McHale, BS, RN, OCN, CBCN 

Background: At Samaritan Hospital Cancer Treatment Center, we realized that patients with a diagnosis of head and neck cancer were having trouble navigating the healthcare system prior to starting treatment. [ Read More ]

Original Research

Lymphedema Knowledge and Practice Patterns Among Oncology Nurse Navigators

Mei R. Fu, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC 

Abstract: Cancer survivorship is a continuum spanning diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Oncology nurse navigators educate and support cancer survivors who face long-term adverse effects of cancer treatment such as lymphedema. [ Read More ]