January 2017 VOL 8, NO 1

January 2017 VOL 8, NO 1 | Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship

Letters from Lillie

Navigation Programs on the March in 2017

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG 

Dear Navigators, It is with great excitement I write to you today about the growth of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) and the Journal of Oncology [ Read More ]

Interview with the Innovators

Smart Patients: The Power of Sharing Personal Health Experiences

An Interview with Roni Zeiger, MD, of Smart Patients

Smart Patients cofounder Roni Zeiger, MD, believes the next tipping point in medicine includes tapping into the knowledge created by networks of engaged patients. To this end, Dr Zeiger partnered [ Read More ]

Original Research

The Roles and Challenges of Oncology Navigators: A National Survey

Mazi Rasulnia, PhD, MBA, MPH
Pack Health, LLC

Regina Sih-Meynier, PharmD
Genentech, Inc


Background: Oncology navigation and patient navigators have been associated with lower total cost of care, better patient experience, clinician satisfaction, and higher quality of care. A formal assessment of the [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

AONN+ Meeting Addresses Evolution of the Navigator Role, Announces Cancer Moonshot Collaboration

The 7th Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) welcomed more than 900 nurse and patient navigators to the Las Vegas Aria, [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

AONN+ Announces Evidence-Based Navigation Metrics

There is a gap in the literature regarding the key areas that measure the success of navigation programs, but a new set of standardized, evidence-based navigation metrics, developed by the [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Get It Right Today, Not Tomorrow: Lessons Learned from a Plane Crash

The morning after her 21st birthday, Mercedes Ramirez-Johnson woke up in plane wreckage on the side of a mountain, with no recollection of how she got there. In a keynote [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Genetic Testing and the Role of Nurse Navigators

In the era of genomic medicine, individuals can go online and learn about their family history, and in the process, their risk for certain cancers. But even though genomic testing [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Navigating Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer face a unique set of needs and challenges, but at the end of the day, they just want to be taken seriously and [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Transforming Medical Jargon into Patient-Friendly Content

Achieving universal health literacy is as simple as treating all patients as if they are at risk of not understanding health information, according to Deborah Christensen, MSN, APRN, AOCNS, HNB-BC. [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Building a Survivorship Navigation Program: Lessons Learned

Developing an evidence-based survivorship navigation program involves a fair amount of trial and error, according to JaLisa Boyd, RN, BSN, MS, and Katie Navarte, LMSW, who make up a nurse/social [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Stop, Breathe, Reflect: Practicing Mindfulness in Medicine

Practicing mindfulness in medicine has positive effects on both providers and the patients they care for, according to John Inzerillo, MD, Medical Director of Oncology at Marion L. Shepard Cancer [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

AONN+ Exceptional Posters Awards Ceremony

An array of original research was presented in poster form at the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) 7th Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference, where more than 900 [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Don’t Take the Bait: Emotionally Charged Situations at Work

Dealing with emotionally charged patients and peers can be taxing for all parties involved, particularly in the oncology setting, but effective communication can alleviate stress at work and improve patient [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Cancer Health Disparities Among Low-Income Populations

Low-income populations experience substantial barriers to cancer care, and in the year 2014, the burden of cancer mortality surpassed that of heart disease in 22 US states, according to Dwana [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Supporting Your Employees and Managing Cancer at Work

Balancing cancer treatment with work responsibilities can be challenging for both employees and employers. But a program piloted at Johns Hopkins called Managing Cancer at Work (MCaW) provides people in [ Read More ]

AONN+ Annual Meeting

Navigating Unique Populations: Native American Patient Navigators

Cultural awareness is vital for successful patient navigation, particularly in unique patient populations, according to Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH, of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Founder of the Native American [ Read More ]