Dear Navigators, Social Workers, Administrators, and Clinical Staff,
It is with great excitement that the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) announces the publication of standards for use in the professional delivery of oncology care!
The Professional Oncology Navigation Task Force created the Oncology Navigation Standards of Professional Practice to provide clinical oncology nurse navigators, social work navigators, and patient navigators with clear information regarding best practices in the provision of professional care. This includes the knowledge and skills all professional navigators should possess to deliver high-quality, competent, and ethical services to people impacted by cancer.
These standards also provide benchmarks for use by healthcare employers and information for policy and decision makers, health professionals, and the public to understand the role of professional oncology navigators. These standards are intended to provide guidance and may be applied differently, as appropriate, in diverse settings.
The professional organizations responsible for the creation of the Oncology Navigation Standards of Professional Practice include AONN+, Association of Oncology Social Work, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses, and Oncology Nursing Society. Patient organizations involved in developing this document include the Cancer Support Community and the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. The foundational steps taken by the Biden Cancer Initiative working group on patient navigation also led to the creation of this document.
It is my hope that these standards will be an asset to your navigation program.
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer; Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Co-Developer of Work Stride: Managing Cancer at Work, Johns Hopkins Healthcare Solutions; Co-Founder of AONN+; Co-Founder of the Association of Chronic & Complex Care Nurse Navigators (ACCCNN).