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We Are AONN+ and We Will Innovate

February 4, 2021 | AONN+ Blog | Membership
Featuring:
Rosie Kelly
Digital Content Specialist
The Lynx Group

Cancer care has come a long way in the last decade. Through innovative research, technologies, and clinical trials, more patients with cancer are receiving excellent care and with better outcomes. We are currently witnessing extraordinary breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, and science. At AONN+, we are dedicated to equipping oncology professionals with the tools they need to support their patients and guide them from diagnosis through survivorship. By implementing education and best practices around prevention, early detection, and treatment, we can save up to 3.7 million lives every year1. AONN+ is taking the #IAmAndIWill pledge to continue providing those in cancer care with innovative resources to create the best care possible.

I am the AONN+ Program Director and I will share the value of this organization as it is a critical health delivery support strategy for patients with cancer,” said Sharon Gentry, “It has been a joyous journey through the years to work behind the scenes and with many navigators from all walks of life to achieve knowledge standards for both the oncology patient navigator and oncology nurse navigator which has led to national accreditation for professional certification. AONN+ supports navigators to ensure they have the knowledge to competently demonstrate effective navigation services across the cancer care continuum within their scope of practice to every patient and caregiver they impact.”

Oncology navigation is an ever-changing field requiring a dynamic approach to supporting patients. The mission of the AONN+ Building Relationships in Delivering Genetic/Genomic Education (BRIDGE) program is to use educational interventions to best connect oncology nurse and patient navigators to cancer genetics/genomics professionals, ensuring that patients have access to the most current emerging technologies that may directly impact the level of care received, as well as quality of life. By equipping cancer care teams and patients with this resource, we can help reduce fear and increase understanding of this disease.

Because of acuity and differing needs for each patient, best practices in cancer care can be difficult to achieve. That’s why AONN+ started the Cancer Advocacy & Patient Education (CAPE) Initiative. The objective of the CAPE Initiative is to create a web-based library of best-practice information that providers can give to their patients and caregivers at each point of interaction. Communication between patient and provider is key to a smooth journey through cancer treatment, the CAPE Initiative helps support these communications and remove any barriers.

Interested sites had the opportunity to apply to participate in the CAPE Patient Engagement & Implementation Evaluation Pilot Study supported by its principal investigators: AONN+ and The Research Institute of Fox Chase Cancer Center. This multisite evaluation study employs a mixed-methods approach using both qualitative and quantitative data to explore the perceptions and utilization of this comprehensive patient education platform on patients with newly diagnosed non–small-cell lung cancer.

As we continue to innovate, we also need to measure our success. The AONN+ Navigation Metrics Toolkit measures programmatic success vital to coordinating high-quality, team-based care and demonstrating the sustainability of navigation programs. This toolkit was developed to help all cancer care professionals, including navigators, oncology program administrators, healthcare executives, and other clinicians who are linked to navigation, to understand and implement our 35 evidence-based navigation metrics that are relevant to cancer care and demonstrate the value of an oncology navigation program.

These initiatives are just the beginning to the Academy’s dedication to providing innovative tools and resources to cancer care professionals. A revolution in cancer care can only be achieved when we work together as a team to address where care is lacking and where we can innovate.

WE ARE AONN+ and WE WILL continue to create innovative programs to enhance the role of the navigator and equip them with the confidence and knowledge needed to take on such a challenging career. By promoting the role of the oncology navigator, we are ensuring a better future for all patients with cancer worldwide and doing our part in ending cancer.

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