Professional Issues

Evolution of Patient Navigation

Lillie D. Shockney

navigation, nurse navigator, navigation resources
CJON 2010, 14(4), 405-407. DOI: 10.1188/10.CJON.405-407

The role of nurses in patient navigation has evolved over more than four decades. Navigators in cancer care can guide patients through the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that come with a diagnosis of cancer and facilitate communication among healthcare providers. Navigation has the potential to improve patient outcomes and system efficiency. Oncology nurses are well suited to help patients with cancer navigate the healthcare system from diagnosis and treatment through survivorship and palliative care.

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