Empowering Navigators: Navigation Credential Certification Exam Offered at the Annual Meeting

July 2016 Vol 7, No 6
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG
Editor-in-Chief, JONS; Program Director, AONN+; University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer, Administrative Director, The Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Director, John Hopkins Cancer Survivorship Programs; Professor of Surgery and Oncology, JHU School of Medicine; Co-Creator, Work Stride-Managing Cancer at Work

Dear Navigators,

Welcome to this issue of Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS), the official publication of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators. Navigating patients is much more than planning the logistics of appointments and transportation for our patients; it is an imperative service that engages and empowers patients throughout the cancer care continuum. From community outreach to education and survivorship, navigation can successfully impact the course of treatment for patients today.

We intend to provide our readership with the information that will empower navigators to execute their jobs at the highest level possible. To achieve this goal, we are working on providing 2 types of credentials for navigators; one for lay navigators, the other for nurse navigators. Our task force is creating a series of learning guides to prepare those interested in obtaining the credential. In this issue, we offer 2 guides: “Overview of Professional Roles and Responsibilities” by Sharon Gentry, and “Overview of End of Life” written by me. The first credential test will be offered this November at our annual meeting in Las Vegas.

In our effort to bring you important information from the oncology community at large, you will read in the Interview with the Innovators segment our exchange with Douglas R. Lowy, MD, of the National Cancer Institute. We had the pleasure of speaking with Dr Lowy about the NCI-MATCH trial and how Vice President Biden’s Moonshot program will help expand work in this critical area of cancer research.

As always, we bring you the latest in navigation research. We are pleased to feature an article by Cheryl Bellomo entitled “Oral Chemotherapy: Patient Education and Nursing Intervention.”

On behalf of the entire editorial board, thank you for being part of our JONS reading community.


Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS
University Distinguished Service Associate Professor of Breast Cancer, Depts of Surgery and Oncology; Administrative Director, The Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Director, Cancer Survivorship Programs at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; Associate Professor, JHU School of Medicine, Depts of Surgery, Oncology & Gynecology and Obstetrics;
Associate Professor, JHU School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Related Articles
Achieving the Mission: Promoting Evidence-Based Navigation Practices
November 2018 Vol 9, NO 11

This time of year is one of great excitement for us at JONS and the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+).

The Value of Palliative Care Early in the Treatment Process
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG
Best Practices in Breast Cancer – October 2018 Vol 9
Palliative care has a serious identity problem. Seventy percent of Americans describe themselves as “not at all knowledgeable” about palliative care, and most healthcare professionals believe it is synonymous with end-of-life care.1 This perception is not far from current medical practice, because specialty palliative care—administered by clinicians with expertise in palliative medicine—is predominantly offered through hospice care or inpatient consultation only after life-prolonging treatment has failed. This means that the majority of patients who could benefit from palliative care are not receiving it until they are very close to death. To ensure that patients with metastatic breast cancer receive the best cancer care throughout their disease trajectory, palliative care should be initiated alongside standard oncology care, and it should be implemented early.
Recognizing Progress and Encouraging Further Strides in Breast Cancer
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG
Best Practices in Breast Cancer – October 2018 Vol 9
In addition to the obligatory orange and black decorations of October, it’s also the time of year to don your pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! The progress we have made as a nation in elevating the importance of regular breast cancer screenings, funding research, and supporting breast cancer survivors has had a direct impact on our ability to increase and improve survivorship.
Last modified: June 10, 2018

Subscribe to the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship®

To sign up for our print publication or e-newsletter, please enter your contact information below.

  • First Name *
    Last Name *
  • Please enter your mailing address.

    Address Line 2
    Zip Code