AONN+ West Coast Regional Meeting

Nancy Sayegh-Rooney, RN, Pulmonary Nurse Navigator and Certified Tobacco Specialist Counselor at Richmond University Medical Center on Staten Island, New York leads a 6-week smoking cessation class in the spring and fall that is free and open to the community.
According to Lillie Shockney, Program Director and Cofounder of AONN+, a silo mentality is an inward-looking mindset that commonly occurs in healthcare organizations. Individuals operating in this manner resist sharing information and resources with other people or departments within the organization and conclude that it is not their responsibility to coordinate their activities with peers or other groups.
The burden of financial toxicity has become increasingly recognized in the US healthcare system over the past several years, according to Clara Lambert, BBA, Oncology Financial Navigator at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI.
Although its many definitions are still being fleshed out, a growing awareness of navigators and the substantial role they play in patient care has underlined the need for role delineation in the field, Ms Bires said at the 2017 Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) West Coast Regional Meeting.
Community navigators help those with an unequal burden of cancer, which is often heaviest among racial/ethnic minorities, patients with lower socioeconomic status, and residents of rural areas who do not have equal access to healthcare systems and do not always receive timely, standard care when confronted with a cancer diagnosis.
At the AONN+ West Coast Regional Meeting, Standardized Navigation Task Force members Tricia Strusowski and Cheryl Bellomo discuss the metrics and provide tools to employ in their implementation.

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