Nurse Navigators: Dedicated professionals that help cancer patients navigate their care
We at Navigating Cancer are proud of the work we do each day to provide cancer patients and their loved ones tools to organize and better communicate with the people that matter most to them: their health care team, friends and family and other like patients. Because a cancer diagnosis can be so confusing and overwhelming, organizational tools like ours are increasingly becoming more important, but nothing replaces the importance of the face-to-face interactions that patients have with their health care team.
In recent years, many patients have added a new member to their health care team. Nurse navigators are a new sub-specialty in the nursing field that help cancer patients navigate the medical and psycho-social maze that accompanies a cancer diagnosis. The National Coalition of Oncology Nurse Navigators (NCONN) is a new non-profit of oncology nurse navigators across the United States that is leading the charge in establishing standards that define this new role. In addition, they promote excellence in oncology patient care by fostering collaboration between oncology nurse navigators and the patient’s entire health care team.
The second annual NCONN conference titled “Changing the Face of Cancer Care: Patient Navigation, Here and Now” will be held October 8-9, 2010 at the Hilton Branson Convention Center in Branson, Missouri. We’re excited about their upcoming conference and think you should be too. Click the link to get more info and register for the NCONN conference.
Navigating Cancer and NCONN have been collaborating to help cancer patients, and we’re proud to be associated with them and their individual nurse navigator members. We’re excited about the work they do to help better coordinate care and support for cancer patients.