Over the past several years, we have witnessed incredible growth of the navigation movement in this country. The ability to overcome barriers to care at every point in the cancer care continuum has had a positive and remarkable impact on our ability to effectively screen, diagnose, educate, and treat patients with cancer as well as provide meaningful survivorship care plans. To prove navigation effectiveness, the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS) features evidence-based, original research on navigation programs and techniques. To measure effectiveness, the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Standardized Metrics Committee recently announced the creation of metrics to be used nationwide. These metrics are intended to measure the impact of navigation programs. As the Editorial Director of JONS, I am immensely proud of the accomplishments of the AONN+ Leadership Council, the Metrics Committee, and the Editorial Board since our inception in 2011.
The advancement of navigation as an important component of oncology care cannot be denied. As witnessed by the navigation program requirement by the Commission on Cancer for accredited institutions to the recent announcement of our collaboration with Joe Biden’s Moonshot program, navigation has graduated from its infancy and has taken its rightful place at the round table of oncology care.
With the expansion of navigation at large, AONN+ and JONS have grown in turn. To meet the needs of our navigation community, we have expanded the issuance of JONS from 6 to 12 times a year, with several special supplements exploring navigation topics in depth. Our AONN+ annual meeting has grown from a few hundred attendees to approximately 1000.
We are delighted and humbled by this growth and intend to continue to serve you by presenting the best of evidence-based navigation research and metrics-based outcomes. But we also recognize the importance for a forum to hear tips and opinions from experts in the field. The ability to glean knowledge that can impact your ability to improve your navigation techniques is invaluable. To this end, we introduce this new department, The Round Table: Insights from Expert Navigators.
In this department, you’ll hear from nurses on our Leadership Council and Editorial Board on various overriding themes in the world of oncology nurse and patient navigation.
It is our hope that this column will provide thought-provoking insights, discuss the impact of various forces in our culture on navigation, and reaffirm the importance of navigation programs.
The next issue of JONS will feature the inaugural column. All of us at JONS are looking forward to this column with great anticipation and excitement. We are confident the contributions to this department will be of great interest to all our readers.