Hello everyone! This issue of the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship provides continued information and knowledge learned at the 2013 Fourth Annual Navigation and Survivorship Conference. Music & Medicine is one of the featured sessions in this issue. It was an amazing experience to witness, as we all learned the power of music for our patients (and for ourselves). There is also a summary of information gleaned from the Breast Cancer Navigation and Survivorship breakout, where Vinnie Myers, a famous tattoo artist, joined me on stage to discuss 3-dimensional nipple tattooing for women who had mastectomies.
Also in this issue is the final part of my series about resources available from pharmaceutical companies, featuring Merck & Co., Inc. this month. We are also continuing to provide more details about each of the members of the Quality, Outcomes, and Performance Improvement Committee, showcasing Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, this month. There is an article that provides further validation of the value of navigators within the oncology team (called A Navigator Is Key) and perspectives from the patient (called The Patient’s Voice). You will also find an article focused on the issues of malnutrition for oncology patients. There is an article regarding the ONE (Oncology Nurse Excellence) Award that was formally presented at our 2013 conference.
Last, but surely not least, is information about what AONN+ is taking on next as a major initiative on your behalf. We have heard you. We believe you. We know of its importance—the need for formal certification of oncology navigators. So keep your eyes on the lookout for more information regarding this important undertaking. It is not a small task that can be cranked out in a matter of a few months, but it is a priority for us to develop and implement it for you!
With kind regards,
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS