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December 2012 VOL 3, NO 6

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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 is a fantastic opportunity to expand and publish.” The 6 poster categories and the winners for each are:

  • Patient education: Role of navigation and patient education in the treatment of complex cancers: our experience with head and neck cancer patients. Barbara R. McHale, RN, BS, OCN, CBCN, and colleagues, Samaritan Hospital, St. Peter’s Health Partners, Women’s Health Center, Cancer Treatment Center, Troy, NY. Judges’ comments included, “The abstract showed strength of navigation from diagnosis to survivorship, creative color-coded tool, decreased wait time, increased adherence.”
  • Psychological support: Development of a survivorship celebration benefits cancer survivors and cancer center staff. Kathleen Bryte, MSN, RN, OCN; Christine Ranalli, BSN, RN, OCN; Elizabeth Shumaker, MSN, RN. Ms Shumaker said, “Working on a survivorship celebration is the total opposite of what we usually do. It was so much fun we have to do this every year—it is rejuvenating.”
  • Tracking processes across the continuum of care: Standardized documentation in patient navigation (PN) at Boston Medical Center (BMC). How many navigators struggle with EMR; a tool to assess support of the navigator’s role. Kathryn Ankner, PN; Katie Finn, PN; Sheldon Reeves, PN; Taylor Teschner, PN; Adrienne Holding, RN; Kathleen Finn, MSN, NP; Robyn Souza, RN, MPH; Timothy Cooley, MD. The judges noted that this is a tool that will help support the navigator role.
  • Original research: Nurse navigator role in prospective breast cancer. Quality improvement study: Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners’ (FCCCP) multi-institutional initiative. Elaine Sein, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN, and colleagues. The judging team observed that several cancer centers were involved so this study affected regional care and included a lot of information and metrics, resulting in decreased time to diagnosis and treatment after the navigator program was initiated.
  • Screening program for the underserved: Navi­gation-enhanced partnerships with federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to ensure continuity of care in a mobile screening program. Debra Resnick, MS, and colleagues. The judges noted that this project included language and transportation issues and collected great community metrics.
  • Community outreach: Norton Cancer Institute multidisciplinary approach to survivorship care. Christy Roberts, RN, BSN, OCN, and colleagues.

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