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Oncology nurse navigation: where are we now?

In 2009, ONS joined with the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), along with representatives from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), to hold a think tank to discuss the role of patient navigation and identify needs of healthcare professionals in this emerging new role for oncology nurses and social workers as they care for patients from prediagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience.

The two major outcomes of that meeting were recommendations to develop a joint position statement on the role of oncology nursing and oncology social work in patient navigation and to conduct a role delineation study. "The Role of Oncology Nursing and Oncology Social Work in Patient Navigation" joint statement from ONS, AOSW, and NASW was released in 2010 and can be viewed at Navigation.

The purpose of the role delineation study was to provide a detailed analysis of the job-related competencies of the oncology nurse navigator, which could be used as a basis to help guide decisions regarding future activities. A Role Delineation Advisory Committee--com-posed of subject matter experts with diverse backgrounds in nurse navigation, including representatives from the ONS Nurse Navigator Special Interest Group and the National Coalition of Oncology Nurse Navigators--met in 2010 to advise on the development of a survey of nurse navigators. The survey was launched in November 2010 and closed in April 2011. At this time, the survey results are being presented to the ONS Board of Directors to determine next steps. ONS will keep you updated on any additional outcomes.
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Title Annotation:working for you
Publication:ONS Connect
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2011
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