Overcoming Stress: Streamlining Nurse Navigation Workload

Streamlining Nurse Navigation WorkloadMany studies have shown that job stress is by far the major source of stress for Americans and that it has increased progressively over the past few decades. According to a NIOSH report, three fourths of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago and 26 percent of workers said they were “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work.” Additionally, job stress is said to be more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems.

Similarly, a subsequent Integra survey reported that over half of employees said they often spend 12-hour days on work related duties and an equal number frequently skip lunch because of the stress of job demands.These results, supported by other studies, put the significance of workplace stress in perspective and emphasize the importance of streamlining nurse navigation workload and processes.

Putting Systems in Place for Streamlining Nurse Navigation Workload

For cancer facilities, it’s important to invest in good program management to help prevent needless employee stress due to inefficient systems. For every repeatable goal within categories such as scheduling, follow-up, reporting, or research, make sure there is a seamless system in place to manage, record and organize tasks from start to finish. Corporate Wellness Magazine offers the advice to “Automate tasks whenever possible to reduce the workload on mindless tasks and to save your employees’ brainpower for higher priority items.”

Proper organization can go a long way to reducing Nurse Navigator stress and improve overall efficiency without affecting your bottom line. Overall, stress reduction through efficiency will have a positive impact on your company culture, employee health, productivity, and profitability.

“We Want To Design A System That Wraps Our Patients In Care.”

Michael K. Magill, M.D. Chair, Department Of Family And Preventive Medicine

When it comes to quality of care and patient engagement, the more efficiency there is, the better the outcomes will be for the patients and the program. Armed with the right tools, nurse navigators can establish ways to streamline day-to-day tasks by standardizing every step, from recording patient barriers to care, to sharing calendars between all nurse navigators on staff, to user-friendly generation of ad hoc reports.

Streamlining Nurse Navigation Workload with OncoNav

Increased efficiency directly correlates to decreased stress which gives navigators more energy to focus on patients, expedite care, save time and reduce unnecessary worry. At OncoNav, we understand that the role of a nurse navigator can be stressful which is why we designed OncoNav to help nurse navigators stay organized and improve efficiency, giving them more time to spend with their patients. As a user-friendly lifeline for Nurse Navigators, OncoNav is full of benefits and features that aid in streamlining nurse navigation workload.

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