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September 17, 2020 | Navigation Tools
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The foundational principles of oncology navigation hold true for all tumor types; however, there are some important distinctions pertaining to the navigation of hematologic malignancies.
Rachel Swerdloff of Mend Together (formerly Mend After Cancer) explains how her organization supports patients with cancer by helping people create registries for items and services that they may need during and after treatment.

With more therapies available than ever before and greater patient involvement in treatment decisions, oncology nurse navigators face the perennial challenge of providing high-quality patient and caregiver education in reader-friendly language.

Enter CONQUER: the patient voice. Published by The Lynx Group as the official publication of The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), this patient-facing magazine was launched in February 2015 to fill an unmet need for AONN+’s oncology nurse navigators.

When a lung cancer diagnosis is made, the first thing that nearly every individual and their loved ones want are answers. What do I do next? How do I tell my children? Will I live? Making sure that newly diagnosed patients get the answers and information they need in a timely and consistent manner is the goal of a new initiative being spearheaded by the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+).
Chief Nursing Officer & Senior Director of Strategic Planning & Initiatives, AONN+, Danelle Johnston, and Nurse Navigator Sharon Gentry offer helpful tips and strategies to prepare to take the oncology navigation certification exams. Their suggestions include webinars, materials on the website, and preparation books, as well as allowing ample preparation time, and devoting extra time to specific areas of weakness.
It takes a diversity of voices to create a meeting that speaks to all the different needs of our members. Nurse Navigator Peg Rummel gives an overview of the process used to develop the programming for the AONN+ conferences.
Wondering how to get that first local navigator network meeting off the ground? Nurse Navigator Sharon Gentry offers tips and insight on starting a local navigator network. Capitalize on the "ripple effect" she advises, by taking advantage of the tools and resources at your disposal through AONN+.
Local Navigator Networks have initiated many successful programs and events, including What Would Lillie Do?, in response to the needs of their members. The local groups are well positioned to bring their members the information they and their patients are most interested in, with financial toxicity being especially in demand recently, says Nurse Navigator Sharon Gentry.
One of the most exciting aspects of AONN+ is the growth in our Local Navigator Networks. Nurse Navigator Sharon Gentry discusses how these local networks encourage cooperation, utilize shared resources, and help navigators work smarter.
Social Workers are involved in so many different aspects of oncology care and AONN+ offers social workers opportunities to connect with oncology navigators in ways they ususally don't find elsewhere.
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