As of 2015, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) began instituting standards for provision of survivorship care to patients completing primary treatment for their malignancy. ONS is officially represented in both organizations by member liaisons, with Carma Herring, RN, BS, MSN, OCN®, serving as liaison between ONS and the CoC, and Erica Fischer-Cartlidge, MSN, CNS, CBCN, AOCNS® being the liaison between ONS and the NAPBC.
This chart illustrates 2016 updates to the priority comparisons between the CoC and NAPBC standards. While the intent of both sets of standards is to provide optimal care to patients, institutions may have challenges in implementing the standards. In recognition of these challenges, both organizations have augmented the phase-in period for full compliance with the standards. Important to note are the differences in the phase-in requirements and that the standards are a work-in-progress. Collaborative efforts between the CoC and NAPBC continue in an attempt to further integrate common elements and expectations for survivorship care.
ONS recognizes nurses as holding much accountability in preparing the care plan documents, and delivering them to patients. Feedback from ONS members responsible for implementing these standards are essential for revision to more realistic requirements from accrediting organizations. In particular, barriers affecting the 100% compliance expectation are vital. Commentary regarding implementation barriers can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.