Supporting Nurse Navigator Certification Success

Nurse navigator certificationThe cancer treatment process can be complex and understanding the full healthcare continuum, from prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship requires the valuable role of a certified oncology nurse navigator (ONN). To take cancer care to the next level, an organization must have access to the appropriate resources that will support oncology nurse navigator certification success and increase navigation program efficiencies.

Tools to Support Nurse Navigator Certification

To navigate through the evolving cancer care landscape, navigators rely on quality resources to help their patients find their way through the complex world of cancer care. Providing the right tools, such as an integrated Oncology software tracking system, will not only enhance patient safety, improve quality of care and expand delivery of services but also increase the navigator’s efficiency through the full continuum of care and support the requirements for nurse navigator certification, such as the AONN+ certification program

Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Certification

The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) established its Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalist™ (ONN-CG™) for nurses and Oncology Patient Navigator–Certified Generalist™ (OPN-CG™) for anyone providing cancer navigation services who is not a nurse.

Core competencies for Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalists cover:

  • Community Outreach/Prevention
  • Coordination of Care In-Patient/Care Transitions
  • Patient Advocacy/Patient Empowerment
  • Psychosocial Support/Assessment
  • Survivorship and End of Life
  • Professional/Roles & Responsibilities
  • Operations Management/Organizational Development
  • Quality Metrics and Performance Improvement

Oncology Patient Navigator Core Competencies include:

  • Role of Navigation In-Patient Care
  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Professionalism, Personal and Professional Development
  • Systems-Based Practice

The AONN+ Certifications not only provide professionals in the field of navigation with the credentials they need for career development but also empower them with the knowledge they need to help with patient care. Navigation certification exams take place at the annual AONN+ conference in the fall and at the regional meeting in the spring.

Providing Support to Ensure Navigation Program Success with Oncology Nurse Navigator Software

There is no question that navigators are on the frontline in a patient’s fight against cancer. ONS defines an ONN as “a professional RN with oncology-specific clinical knowledge who offers individualized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers. Using the nursing process, an ONN provides education and resources to facilitate informed decision making and timely access to quality health and psychosocial care throughout all phases of the cancer continuum.”

So, whether you are a large multi-facility health organization with many navigators spread across different sites or a small community hospital with just one or two navigators, it’s important to provide the support necessary to ensure your facilities’ oncology navigation program is successful and meets your goals.

Achieve Nurse Navigator Certification Success

OncoNav is an oncology-specific software specifically designed to help navigators managing the entire continuum of care, schedule, track events, organize metrics, and document their interactions with patients. With the help of OncoNav patient navigation software, you can give nurse navigators the productive tools they need to ensure patients a safe passage through complex treatments and support Oncology nurse navigator certification success.

Find a full list of resources on our blog, Top Tools, Training and Tracking for Nurse Navigators and to learn more about how OncoNav can be a beneficial and valuable resource for your private practice today, call (888) 369-1791.