Nurse Navigator


Oncology Nurse Navigators are registered nurses who are clinically knowledgeable about cancer and its treatment. They also are expert in navigating their patients across the continuum of care, from the moment of diagnosis throughout all forms of treatment and into long term survivorship or end of life. They identify barriers to care that impede a patient from getting the services, referrals and treatments they need, and provide resources to remove these barriers. They are experts in patient education, psychosocial support for the patient and his family too. This individual is a touchstone through the cancer journey. Consider this individual your advocate and "go to" person when questions arise. The navigator works closely with all of your team members too.

Additional Resources:

Nurse-Led Supportive Care Intervention for Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer:
https://www.ons.org/articles/nurse-led-supportive-care-intervention-men-advanced-prostate-cancer

Metastatic Cancer Part 1 from Johns Hopkins:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1B4d4QQWHM

Metastatic Cancer Part 2 from Johns Hopkins:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daYihwstRpM

List of Key Documents You Should Have and Have Readily Available as You are Approaching End of Life

The Guiding Light: A Resource, Education, and Support Guide for Advanced Cancers Patients and Their Family Caregivers

Nearing the End of Life

Read stories from prostate cancer patients and access tools and resources provided by oncology nurse navigators:
https://conquer-magazine.com/subscribe/


Nursing Resources

Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators: www.aonnonline.org

Johns Hopkins: https://www.jhu.edu/

Oncology Nursing Society: https://www.ons.org

For More Information on ONS, Visit: https://www.ons.org


Nursing is a calling. And oncology nursing is a calling like no other. The collective, specialized experience and expertise that our nurses possess has the power to transform cancer care for the better, forever. This is our reason to be. We provide these amazing women and men with a community where they can learn, share, and flourish. Where they have a voice. And where they are celebrated. The enormous contributions that our nurse members, nurse scientists, and nurse teachers have made since our inception in 1975 has made the Oncology Nursing Society who we are today: the standards bearer of advanced cancer care. Through ONS, cancer caregivers at any point on the clinical ladder are able to advance their learning and careers, understand and contribute to oncology science and best practices, advocate for their profession, and ultimately advance our cause—to continuously improve the quality of cancer care and the lives of every nurse who provides it.