January 2018 Vol 9, No 1

On behalf of all of us at the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS) and the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.
Social media represent important resources for parents to engage with experts and peers over survivorship health. The authors of this study examined the social media use and perceptions in the context of unmet needs for survivorship information of parents of young and adolescent childhood cancer survivors.
AONN+ leaders Cheryl Bellomo and Danelle Johnston discuss the importance of collecting data from the newly-established 35 AONN+ metrics then analyzing and reporting the findings to create best practices.
Shannon Miller – 7-time Olympic medalist and ovarian cancer survivor – encourages navigators at the eighth annual meeting of AONN+ saying just as an athlete doesn’t win an Olympic gold medal alone, a patient doesn’t beat cancer alone. It takes a team to succeed, and navigators are a vital part of that team.
Although there historically has been a gap in the literature regarding the key areas that measure the success of navigation programs, the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) evidence-based oncology navigation metrics are making strides in closing that gap.
Navigating patients through the complexities of breast cancer is a unique challenge, but cross-collaboration between breast patient navigators and oncology nurse navigators can make a world of difference in improving patient care.
In front of an enthusiastic audience of nearly 1000 peers and colleagues at the Eighth Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference, Ms Mulderrig was presented the ONE Award by the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators Cofounder and Program Director Lillie D. Shockney, who articulated the importance of recognizing those in the field exemplifying excellence in oncology nursing.
In today’s healthcare environment, organizations are focusing on quality, outcomes, and evidence-based practice. In this installment of Evidence into Practice, the authors discuss these important qualities in an effective navigation program.
Patient and nurse navigators play an important role in the care of patients from screening through treatment and into survivorship.
In a rural outpatient cancer center affiliated with a nonprofit community hospital, cancer patients prescribed oral chemotherapy receive written and verbal education on the oral chemotherapy agent from the oncology nurse navigator.
The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators and Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, have announced their partnership in a pilot validation study of the 35 AONN+ standardized metrics for navigation programs.

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