Megan Price, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, Virginia Seery, CRNP, MSN, Laura Wood, RN, MSN, OCN
Laura Wood, RN, MSN, OCN, Megan Price, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, and Virginia Seery, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNP, discuss their roles and responsibilities within their academic oncology centers as valuable members of a multidisciplinary team that helps patients successfully navigate the spectrum of patient care. They also detail how they apply the principles of patient-centered care to improve outcomes for patients.
The nurse navigator, the oncology social worker, the financial navigator, and the lay navigator all provide critical guidance to patients throughout the cancer continuum, but effective communication between departments, well-defined pathways, and role delineation are crucial to prevent the duplication of services and wasted time.
The role of the oncology nurse navigator in women's health is "education, education, and more education," according to Kristina Rua, BSN, RN, Gynecology Oncology Nurse Navigator at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami.