March 2017 VOL 8, NO 3

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Letters from Lillie

Presenting Evidence-Based Research and Translation for Best Use in Practice

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

Dear Navigators,

I am exceedingly proud of the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS) for many reasons, but possibly most important, I am proud to feature peer-reviewed, original, evidence-based navigation research. It is rewarding to see proof of the positive impact of navigation in clinical outcomes, patient experience, and, ultimately, the positive return on investment for navigation programs. Presenting this level of research is crucial to the establishment and growth of navigation programs, but the lessons contained in the research are best used in practice. The members of our Leadership Council are strong proponents of elevating the research to practical use. This provides the perfect launching point for our AONN+ Evidence into Practice (EIP) Committee to offer translation of research into practical tactics for practicing navigators.

Each quarter, we feature a contribution from the EIP Committee in which seasoned and novice navigators address a navigation-related topic. In this issue, the authors focus on navigation techniques related to survivorship as well as end-of-life care. It is our hope the insights presented will inspire and prepare you to offer your best at this important point of care.

New to JONS in this issue is Navigator’s Notebook, a monthly column featuring case study presentations and highlights of navigation techniques and related patient outcomes. Do you have a compelling navigation case study to share? Please consider submitting your case to us at

Our exclusive column, The Round Table: Insights from Expert Navigators, is guest authored this month by our own Mandi Pratt-Chapman. Ms Pratt-Chapman offers her opinion on healthcare reform in her commentary entitled, What Would an ACA Repeal Mean for Patients with Cancer?

From our presentation of evidence-based research to the offering of a venue for oncology stakeholders to provide commentary, JONS is the journal for oncology nurse and patient navigators engaged in the effort to further the cause of navigation and ultimately improve the lives of patients with cancer. It is our hope the information presented in our pages enables you to empower your patients, and we hope you will share your success stories with us.


Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG
Editor-in-Chief, JONS; Program Director, AONN+
University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer; Administrative Director, the Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Director, Cancer Survivorship Programs at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; Professor, JHU School of Medicine, Depts of Surgery and Oncology & Cofounder, Johns Hopkins Medicine;
Managing Cancer at Work

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