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ONS, ONCC Set to Publish Oncology Nurse Navigation Role Delineation Study

ONS, ONCC Set to Publish Oncology Nurse Navigation Role Delineation Study
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Approximately 500 nurse navigators responded to a survey, completed by ONS and ONCC, indicating how the nurse navigator position has grown and evolved in recent years.

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In March 2016, the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) in conjunction with the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) completed a study focused on the role of nurse navigators in oncology settings. Compared to a previous study conducted in 2011, the new Nurse Navigator Role Delineation Study yielded insightful information as to how the position of nurse navigator has grown and evolved since the 2011 study.

Approximately 500 nurse navigators responded to the survey. Results indicated that the nurse navigator role has become more defined in recent years. More nurses have assumed the title of nurse navigator, and the position is being implemented at most cancer sites.

Defining the Position of Nurse Navigator

A portion of the survey asked respondents to distinguish between the oncology nurse navigator and clinical practice nurse roles. Their answers provided clear information to determine the distinctive set of tasks assigned to a nurse navigator as opposed to a clinical practice nurse. Moreover, this identified the presence of a unique body of knowledge for the navigator role.

The survey, given to nurse navigators in December 2015, highlighted background and general information, the tasks and responsibilities of an oncology nurse navigator, the knowledge required to complete the responsibilities, and additional comments. A committee collected and reviewed the data in February 2016.

The current ONS Oncology Nurse Navigator Core Competencies will be updated to reflect the new information the study uncovered. With the clearer guidance, implementing well-defined nurse navigator roles will be easier and more straightforward. ONS will continue to explore the ways in which nurse navigators fit into the care coordination of patients with cancer.

Understanding the Unique Needs of Our Nurse Navigator Members

ONS and ONCC are currently exploring the best options to support and assess knowledge and competencies for nurse navigator roles. Although the role is still new and implementation of nurse navigators throughout the country is still growing, ONS will continue to explore the interest for a certificate of added qualification program, as well as other innovative solutions.

The ONS/ONCC Nurse Navigation Role Delineation Study will be published and available in the near future.

ONS Receives AJN Book of the Year Award

ONS Receives AJN Book of the Year Award
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

For the second consecutive year, ONS has received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in the consumer health category. This Should Not Be Happening: Young Adults With Cancer, written by Dr. Anne Katz, took first place.

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This Should Not Be Happening: Young Adults With Cancer
This Should Not Be Happening: Young Adults With Cancer won first place in the prestigious 2014 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Awards in the consumer health category. The book, an ONS Hygeia Media imprint, was written by Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN, a clinical nurse specialist and AASECT-certified sexuality counselor at CancerCare Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. 
 
This Should Not Be Happening: Young Adults With Cancer confronts the challenges of cancer head-on with frank, pragmatic advice and inspiration on issues unique to young adults dealing with a life-changing illness. It is based on current research, the author’s clinical expertise, and interviews with young adults experiencing a range of cancer diagnoses and their parents. 
 
“The AJN Book of the Year Award is especially gratifying for me, as this award is from my peers,” said Katz. “I am also pleased because this book, for and about young adults with cancer, raises an important topic in oncology care. Young adults have many unmet needs during and after their cancer treatment experience. For too long these have been ignored. This self-help book is a way of helping young adults help themselves—with the support of their healthcare providers, family, and friends.”
 
AJN is the nation’s oldest and largest circulating nursing journal and one of the most highly respected. Its Book of the Year Award competition draws hundreds of submissions by authors from various fields in the nursing profession. A distinguished panel of judges selects those considered to be the most valuable texts each year.
 

ONS Book Takes Top Honor as Book of the Year

ONS Book Takes Top Honor as Book of the Year
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In the Shadows: How to Help Your Seriously Ill Adult Child, published by Hygeia Media, an ONS imprint, won first place in the prestigious 2013 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award in the consumer health category. 

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is pleased to announce that In the Shadows: How to Help Your Seriously Ill Adult Child won first place in the prestigious 2013 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award in the consumer health category. The book, an ONS Hygeia Media imprint, was authored by Patricia Ringos Beach, MSN, RN, AOCN®, ACHPN, and Beth E. White, MSN, RN. 
 
Parents of seriously ill adults are often caught in a complicated situation of conflicting demands and expectations. In the Shadows offers stories from parents, their ill adult children, and professionals on how to navigate difficult familial and medical waters. Chapters provide insight and resources that can help to shed light and guide parents and caregivers out of the shadows to provide the best support possible.
 
“Thank you to AJN for the recognition not only of our book, but of the plight of parents of our adult patients,” said Beach, a clinical nurse specialist and patient navigator. “It is these parents’ struggles, stories, and advice that will help others. They have been there.”
 
“It is a great professional honor to have our book recognized by AJN,” said White, a pediatric clinical nurse specialist. “Parents of seriously ill adult children are a deeply committed, yet often-untapped resource.  We hope our book may provide some insight and skills to maximize support to our adult patients and their families.”
 
The AJN is the nation’s oldest and largest circulating nursing journal and one of the most highly respected. Its AJN Book of the Year Award competition draws hundreds of submissions by authors from various fields in the nursing profession. A distinguished panel of judges selects those considered to be the most valuable texts each year.
 
ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. 

ONS Releases Oncology Nurse Navigation Role and Qualifications Position Statement

ONS Releases Oncology Nurse Navigation Role and Qualifications Position Statement
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ONS's new “Oncology Nurse Navigation Role and Qualifications” position statement addresses the critical roles and requirements of the oncology nurse navigator and the qualifications necessary to meet those requirements.

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The Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS) new “Oncology Nurse Navigation Role and Qualifications” position statement addresses the critical roles and requirements of the oncology nurse navigator (ONN) and the qualifications necessary to meet those requirements, which include certification through a National Commission for Certifying Agencies–accredited organization. The full position statement is available on the ONS website and will be published in a future 2015 issue of the Oncology Nursing Forum
 
“Cancer treatment is complex. Patients and families benefit from the care coordination efforts of an ONN,” said ONS President Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Our goal is to support and promote the role and qualifications of the ONN in the delivery of evidence-based, cost-effective and quality patient-centered care.”
 
ONNs guide patients with cancer, along with their families and caregivers, through the entire healthcare continuum—from prevention and screening to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end of life.
 
Limitations in published research and the inability to replicate navigation programs and processes often relate to the absence of standardized navigation roles, job descriptions, processes, and ONN qualifications, such as credentials, competencies, education, preparation, and experience. ONS calls for additional research to systematically characterize and compare navigator activities within and across clinical programs.  
 
“ONNs greatly contribute to nursing research that supports the understanding of nurse-sensitive, patient-specific outcomes resulting from oncology nurse navigation,” said Jean Sellers, RN, MSN, ONS Nurse Navigator Special Interest Group coordinator. 
 
The position statement released today complements other ONS resources related to navigation and certification.
ONS is a professional association of more than 37,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at www.ons.org. 
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ONS Experts to Review and Update Mosby's Oncology-Specific Nursing Skills

ONS Experts to Review and Update Mosby's Oncology-Specific Nursing Skills
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In collaboration with Elsevier, ONS experts will review and amend 76 oncology-related Mosby's Skills, an online reference product and competency management system.

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Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) experts have been selected to review and amend 76 oncology-related skills in Mosby’s Skills, a comprehensive, combined online reference product and competency management system. The work is being done in collaboration with Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services.
 
“We commend Elsevier for collaborating with organizations such as ours to continuously expand and improve its educational materials,” said Elizabeth M. Wertz Evans, PhD, RN, MPM, CPHQ, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FACMPE, ONS executive director of professional practice and programs. “We look forward to collaborating and developing the best possible Mosby’s Skills product for nursing professionals.”
 
Designed for healthcare nursing professionals, Mosby’s Skills combines a powerful skills and procedures reference product with convenient competency management system functionality. More than 1,300 skills are featured within the areas of adult and pediatric and specialties such as perioperative, maternal/newborn, neonatal intensive care, respiratory care, oncology, and others. Mosby’s Skills is part of Elsevier’s Mosby’s Suite, an online solution that provides training, education, skills reference, and support at the point of care.
 
“Equipping nurses with the most accurate and updated information is of paramount importance when it comes to delivering direct patient care,” said Barbara Nelson Cullen, vice president, strategy and content development, Elsevier. “We value feedback and input from organizations known for their expertise. ONS’s review of Mosby’s Skills will help ensure that the oncology-related skills offer the best content in the industry.”
 
ONS joins a list of well-known organizations that have collaborated with Elsevier to develop and review areas within Mosby’s Skills, including the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. 
 
 
 
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About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier¹s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, Reaxys, ClinicalKey, and Mosby’s Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, helping research and healthcare institutions deliver better outcomes more cost effectively.
 
Oncology Nursing Society
ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Together, ONS and the cancer community seek to reduce the risks, incidence, and burden of cancer by encouraging healthy lifestyles, promoting early detection, and improving the management of cancer symptoms and side effects throughout the disease trajectory.

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