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 ]
December 2012 VOL 3, NO 6
Head and Neck/Neuro-Oncology Navigation
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 Islander navigator, a financial navigator, and a social worker.
She discussed the nurse navigator role in general, as well as the head and neck and neuro-oncology multidisciplinary team members and the specifics of head and neck and neuro-oncology navigation, including capturing and assessing patients and coordinating their care, and providing supportive care and survivorship.
She illustrated these phases with case studies. Ms Stern described navigation tools, showing examples of the nurse navigator database that is part of the electronic medical record, which documents information and metrics throughout the patient journey, and a radiation therapy assessment tool.
- The role of the nurse navigator is multifaceted
- Multidisciplinary teams are integral to successful treatment of patients
- Early contact with patients at the time of diagnosis helps establish a supportive relationship
- Continuous assessment throughout multimodality treatment can reduce treatment days
- Coordination of care, supportive care, and survivorship care are essential components of navigation
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 ]