Dear Navigators, Social Workers, Administrators, and Clinical Staff,
The Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS) has a very clear mission: to promote reliance on evidence-based practices in navigating patients with cancer and their caregivers through diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship as well as to strengthen the role of nurse and patient navigators in cancer care by serving as a platform to disseminate original research findings, exchange best practices, and support their growing community.
This time of year is one of great excitement for us at JONS and the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+). It’s the time we realize our progress in achieving our mission through our commitment to publishing original navigation research and featuring that research at our annual meeting. This in no small part is due to the efforts of the navigators who conducted the research featured in these pages. The research abstracts published herein show the positive impact navigators have in oncology patient care. Their research highlights the ability of navigation programs to improve clinical outcomes and the patient experience, which demonstrates the value of the navigation program itself.
On behalf of all of us at JONS and AONN+, it is my distinct pleasure to congratulate the researchers of these published abstracts. You are an essential part of our mission and of the continued growth of the navigation literature.
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG
Editor-in-Chief, JONS; Program Director, AONN+