AONN+ Conference Highlights

Each year, at the AONN+ annual conference, we pause to take note of the navigators and organizations among us who have made a significant impact in the field of oncology navigation. Although virtual, 2020 was no different, and it was with pride that we announced the 2020 class of AONN+ Award recipients. It is the distinct honor of the JONS Editorial Board and the AONN+ Leadership Council to recognize the navigators and organizations in our community who have made considerable contributions to our chosen specialty. This class of awardees includes a stellar group of navigators and organizations, each with their own unique and inspiring stories. Below, we tell their stories in the hope it provides inspiration to you in your professional life as an oncology nurse navigator or a patient navigator.
Attendees seeking to maximize the educational benefits of the conference took part in 4 preconference workshops, addressing topics including genetics and genomics, financial navigation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, professional development, and motivational interview skills for navigators.
Honoring the best in the navigation field, the AONN+ awards are presented each year in various professional categories, also recognizing a patient for outstanding contributions to the cancer community with the CONQUER: the patient voice Hero of Hope Award.
Allowing providers to connect with and care for their patients without in-person visits, telehealth has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. While advocates push for the expansion of telehealth and the opportunities it represents, providers and patients seek to overcome associated challenges.
The culmination of a mission to create standardized metrics by which navigation programs can demonstrate outcomes and value, the AONN+ Navigation Metrics Toolkit provides guidance for putting the metrics into practice.
In a timely keynote presentation that struck home for navigators, Bina Parekh, PhD, discussed the profound impact of vicarious trauma and how to develop the resilience to transform it into something positive.
Amid the anguish of a cancer diagnosis, childbearing may be far from a patient’s mind. However, fertility preservation is an important consideration, which providers must be prepared to discuss.
After experiencing multiple struggles during his own journey toward becoming a breast cancer survivor, Bret Miller, co-founder of the Male Breast Cancer Coalition, is sharing his experiences to raise awareness and ease the burden of other men with the disease.
Although rare, cancers of unknown primary origin present a quandary for clinicians. Fortunately, the pathology team is equipped with an array of tools to help narrow down the malignancy site so that patients can receive the best possible treatment.
Underrepresented in cancer clinical trials, racial and ethnic minorities often miss out on the benefits of research participation. Educating potential participants on clinical trials can increase enrollment among populations that have been commonly overlooked.
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