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Breast Cancer Awareness- Nurse Navigation

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What is nurse navigation?

"Support and guidance offered to vulnerable persons withabnormal cancer screening or a cancer diagnosis with the goal of overcomingbarriers to timely, quality care." (Wells et all, 2008)

Who is a nurse navigator?

A trained individual who has the necessary skills and havethe appropriate qualities to act as compassionate, effective guide in bridgingthe gaps to help patients, their caregivers, and their families.

  • Facilitate access to care,
  • Skilled communicator and listener,
  • Knowledgeable of cancer resources and systems,
  • Acts as an empathic patient advocate, and
  • Provides information and education.

GSH Proposed Navigation Model

Screening /Diagnosis---{>} Treatment---{>} Survivorship

Getting into Contact

  • Referrals from Surgeon's Office (most frequent),
  • Referrals from Medical Oncology Office (limited),
  • Referrals from Primary Health Care Provider (very limited), and
  • Patient referrals.
  • Contact can occur at anytime during the cancer journey.

Oncology Nurse Navigation has proven to be beneficial for cancer patients in reducing barriers, decreasing stress, empowering patients and to provide a sense of security in a very scary time of their lives.

The Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Center nurse navigators can be called upon at any time in a cancer patient's journey.

For more information, call Lynne Beckstead at 308.865.7295, Marcia Stephens at 308.865.7883 or Shanna Gillming at 308.865.7294.

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