December 2012 Vol 3, No 6

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).
Over 400 oncology navigators discussed the advancement of their profession and availed themselves of educational and networking opportunities at the Third Annual Navigation and Survivorship Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, September 14-16, 2012.
The session leaders defined patient navigation in accord with the National Cancer Institute’s 2005 definition, discussed the 9 core principles of patient navigation, and identified barriers all navigators face when providing care.
This session presented the types of research and evaluation projects, grant proposals, and publishing opportunities available for patient navigators.
Ms Waddington discussed survivorship trends, various recommendations and model survivorship programs, and options for survivorship care plans.
Three models of navigation—academic, community based, and lay—were discussed by Ms Sellers.
Elizabeth Whitley, PhD, RN, who presented “Leading and Administering a Patient Navigation Program” with Bonnie Miller, RN, BSN, OCN, FAAMA, reminded participants that patient navigators are not necessarily nurses but can include other health personnel.
Ms Skinner contrasted the AONN+ with the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), including a description of the organizations and how they define the roles of their members.
Dr Ferris presented an overview of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), which represents 50 professional organizations with a goal to improve quality of life and outcomes.
Dr Silver is a rehabilitation physician and observed that cancer rehabilitation research is outpacing all other fields of rehabilitation research.
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