January 2017 Vol 8, No 1

Dr Burhansstipanov emphasized the importance of coordination between NPNs and nurse navigators. “Our navigators have worked beautifully with nurse navigators,” she said at the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators 7th Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference.
Low-income populations experience substantial barriers to cancer care, and in the year 2014, the burden of cancer mortality surpassed that of heart disease in 22 US states, according to Dwana “Dee” Calhoun, MS, Director of SelfMade Health Network, a member of the CDC’s Consortium of National Networks to Impact Populations Experiencing Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities.
Practicing mindfulness in medicine has positive effects on both providers and the patients they care for, according to John Inzerillo, MD, Medical Director of Oncology at Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center in Washington, NC.
Developing an evidence-based survivorship navigation program involves a fair amount of trial and error, according to JaLisa Boyd, RN, BSN, MS, and Katie Navarte, LMSW, who make up a nurse/social worker survivorship navigation team at Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Service Line for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) hospitals.
Achieving universal health literacy is as simple as treating all patients as if they are at risk of not understanding health information, according to Deborah Christensen, MSN, APRN, AOCNS, HNB-BC.
Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer face a unique set of needs and challenges, but at the end of the day, they just want to be taken seriously and treated like adults, according to Paula Sanborn, RN, BSN, CPHON, CPN, Sarcoma Nurse Navigator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.
Nurse navigators can play an important role in raising awareness about the importance of hereditary testing and the identification of patients with genetic mutations, as these individuals often experience high rates of recurrence, according to Jennifer Klemp, PhD, MPH, MA.
In a keynote speech at the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators 7th Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference, Ms Ramirez-Johnson discusses the difference between surviving and thriving.
A set of standardized, evidence-based navigation metrics, developed by the Standardized Metrics Task Force of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), aims to demonstrate the sustainability and validity of navigation programs.
AONN+ in collaboration with Sarah Cannon will work with the Moonshot Program as part of an initiative to evaluate and prove the value of patient navigation.
The authors present findings of their study examining the characteristics, roles, barriers, and needs of oncology navigators to help inform the design of appropriate outcomes-based continuing education programs.
JONS speaks with Dr Zeiger about the creation of Smart Patients, an online community for patients and families affected by a variety of illnesses, and the benefits of online health communities.

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