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December 2012 VOL 3, NO 6


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Head and Neck/Neuro-Oncology Navigation

Heather Stern, RN, BSN, CNOR, OCN Ms Stern described her institution’s navigator program, which includes 8 disease site­–specific navigators (7 RNs and 1 PA), an outreach nurse navigator, a Pacific [ Read More ]

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Practice Setting–Specific Panel Discussion

Roxanne Parker, RN, MSN, CPN Jessie Schol, RN, BSN, OCN Karyl Blaseg, RN, MSN, OCN This moderated panel discussion included representatives of office-based, academic, and community hospital–based settings. Each presenter [ Read More ]

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The Role Of The Administrator

Lisa Shalkowski, RN, BSN, MSM Barbara Francks, RN, BSN, CBCN Virtua’s breast care program strategy evolved from a fragmented process involving over 60 steps that resulted in random referrals, limited [ Read More ]

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Navigating The Stem Cell Transplant Population

Heather Stern, RN, BSN, CNOR, OCN Ms Stern described her institution’s navigator program, which includes 8 disease site­–specific navigators (7 RNs and 1 PA), an outreach nurse navigator, a Pacific [ Read More ]

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Prostate Cancer Navigation

Juli Aistars, RN, MS, APN, AOCN Ms Aistars discussed the development of the prostate cancer navigation role, which was implemented in 2007, from the perspective of a suburban, independent community [ Read More ]

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Gynecologic Cancer Navigation

Robin Atkinson, RN, BSN, OCN This session was a networking opportunity for gynecology navigators to share their best practices concerning receiving referrals, interacting with referring physicians and their staff, self-promotion, [ Read More ]

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Gastrointestinal and Colorectal Cancer Navigation

Maura Kadan, RN, MSN, OCN Ms Matten observed that thoracic oncology navigation is in its infancy, and thoracic oncology navigators are therefore in the position of being able to develop [ Read More ]

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Thoracic Oncology Navigation

Pamela Matten, RN, BSN, OCN Ms Matten observed that thoracic oncology navigation is in its infancy, and thoracic oncology navigators are therefore in the position of being able to develop [ Read More ]

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Breast Cancer Navigation

Mary C. Rooney, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN Ms Rooney described the history of navigation at Crozer Keystone Health System. In 2006, breast patient navigation began at Crozer-Chester Medical Center (CCMC). [ Read More ]

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Poster Awards

Core Principles of Navigation The AONN Leadership Council served as the judging team for awards for posters presented at the conference. According to Ms Shockney, “Each of the poster abstracts [ Read More ]

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Beginning the Breast Reconstructive Journey: Importance of Reconstructive Surgery Referrals and State-of-the-Art Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction

Steven Kronowitz, MD, FACS Dr Kronowitz, a plastic surgeon who performs breast reconstruction surgery only, presented state-of-the-art breast reconstruction techniques. He discussed the importance of breast reconstructive referrals and some [ Read More ]

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Implementing a Survivorship Program/Clinic

Cynthia Waddington, RN, MSN, AOCN Ms Waddington discussed survivorship trends, various recommendations and model survivorship programs, and options for survivorship care plans. She noted that the phases of survival include [ Read More ]

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Getting Excited About Research Case Examples

Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH Elaine Sein, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN This session presented the types of research and evaluation projects, grant proposals, and publishing opportunities available for patient navigators. Navigation [ Read More ]

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Health Monitor Network Oncology Nurse Navigator of the Year Award

The 2012 Health Mon­itor Network Oncology Nurse Navigator of the Year Award was presented at the poster award session by John P. Stelmachowicz to Michelle Weaver Knowles, RNC, BCN, of [ Read More ]

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Best Practices in Addressing Health Inequities

Lauren Kelley, MSW, MPA Adrienne Lofton, RN, MSN Ms Kelley described Project Access–New Haven, a volunteer, community-based program that uses a best-practice model to increase access to care for underserved [ 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 ]

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Financial and Legal Issues for Our Cancer Patients

Steven Kronowitz, MD, FACS Mr Landay discussed strategies for patients with cancer to take control of their financial and legal issues, preparing for the “what ifs” while expecting the best. [ Read More ]

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Navigation Update 2012: Current Regulations—Navigation and Survivorship Care Plan

Linda W. Ferris, BA, MA, PhD Dr Ferris presented an overview of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), which represents 50 professional organizations with a goal to [ Read More ]

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How Do Case Managers and Navigators Interface?

Nancy Skinner, RN-BC, CCM Ms Skinner contrasted the AONN with the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), including a description of the organizations and how they define the roles of [ Read More ]

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Administering a Navigation Program

Bonnie J. Miller, RN, BSN, OCN, FAAMA Elizabeth Whitley, PhD, RN Elizabeth Whitley, PhD, RN, who presented “Leading and Admin­istering a Patient Navigation Program” with Bonnie Miller, RN, BSN, OCN, [ Read More ]

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Panel Discussion: Building Optimal Community Outreach— Lay and Community

Jean B. Sellers, RN, MSN Leah Leilani Beck, BS Jessica Denton, MSW Three models of navigation—academic, community based, and lay—were discussed by Ms Sellers. Ms Beck discussed the special needs [ Read More ]

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Highlights From the Third Annual Navigation and Survivorship Conference

Lynne Lederman, PhD Over 400 oncology navigators discussed the advancement of their profession and availed themselves of educational and networking opportunities at the Third Annual Navigation and Survivorship Conference held [ Read More ]

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Letters from Lillie

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS Dear Reader, As we close out 2012, it is a time to reflect back over the year and smile regarding the accomplishments of the [ Read More ]