The oncology nurse navigators (ONNs) at Lehigh Valley Health Network-Cancer Institute, comprising 8 oncology-certified registered nurses, were presented with an initiative from the administration to assist with preventing patient readmissions due to severe toxicities that could otherwise be managed in the outpatient setting.
With preventive screening, increased focus on early detection, and advances in treatment in lung cancer, the multidisciplinary approach at Lehigh Valley Health Network Cancer Institute (LVHN-CI) continues to evolve, providing innovative care to this patient population.
Multidisciplinary care is recognized as a sign of quality cancer care according to several organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Institute of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), and the Oncology Roundtable.
As our cancer program evolves with multidisciplinary care, leadership approved adding 2 specialty multidisciplinary clinics (MDCs), hepatobiliary (GI) and skin and soft tissue (SST) to existing breast, thoracic, and prostate MDCs.
The role of the registered nurse patient navigator at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is to educate and support people diagnosed with cancer through the continuum of care. The care provided by the navigator begins at diagnosis and continues through to survivorship.