As we close out 2012, it is a time to reflect back over the year and smile regarding the accomplishments of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN). Among them was an incredible third annual AONN conference in Phoenix. I am proud to say that I continue to receive e-mails from attendees about what they learned and the empowerment they felt when they returned home to implement their new knowledge. If you were unable to join us, you can view the presentations via the virtual conference on our Web site at www.aonnonline.org. Looking forward, we hope you will join us for the fourth annual conference, November 15-17, 2013, at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Membership in AONN continues to grow, which gives me personal joy! I hope that eventually every person who serves in a navigation role for cancer patients becomes a part of this professional organization.
Also of value to AONN members is the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS), the official publication of AONN. JONS promotes reliance on evidence-based practices in navigating patients with cancer, and their caregivers, through diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. JONS also seeks to strengthen the role of navigators in cancer care by serving as a platform for these professionals to disseminate original research findings, exchange best practices, and find support in their growing community. To submit an original research paper to JONS, please visit www.aonnonline.org.
Currently, we are expanding and crystallizing the roles and expectations of our Leadership Council as well as developing more ways for members to connect with one another. Watch for information in the coming months regarding webinar series on topics you have recommended and the establishment of virtual interest groups that will enable you to network electronically via the AONN Web site. Whether it be connecting with others who navigate the same organ-site patient population or working in a specific area of navigation and/or survivorship (such as community outreach, surgical care, chemotherapy, or long-term survivorship follow-up care), we want to optimize ways for you to reach one another with ease and efficiency. We want to remove any barriers you are experiencing that prevent you from being the best navigator you can be for your patients!
We continue to work closely with various established partners, and we are also creating new partnerships that can offer additional resources to aid you in your navigation work. For example, our partner, Health Monitor Network, publisher of Living with Cancer, has created FREE personal Web sites for all AONN members, including you! Your individual Web site makes it easy for you to give your patients trusted patient education information, savings tips, and tools. Your basic Web site is already done and, in just a few minutes, you can easily enhance your free and secure site at www.HealthMonitor.com/AONN/welcome.html. I encourage you to see this amazing benefit of AONN membership for yourself.
Have a wonderful holiday with family and friends, and return refreshed in the new year ready to help your oncology patients benefit from all the wonderful good you do on their behalf.
With kind regards,
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS