Nurse Navigators in Breast Cancer Care

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breast cancer nurse navigatorOctober 1 marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It not only commemorates breast cancer survivors, but also the health care providers that make a difference in cancer care. It’s a month-long celebration of the strong men and women who have faced and overcame cancer diagnoses. One such provider is the “breast cancer nurse navigator. ”

Nurse Navigators, sometimes called Care Coordinators, are nurses who assist patients through every step of the treatment process, whether it be for surgeries, cancer care, screenings, and other cancer-related activities. Breast cancer nurse navigators are special in that they guide patients from the cancer diagnosis all the way through the end of treatment.

A Few Roles of the Nurse Navigator in Breast Cancer Care¹:

  • Helping patient understand diagnosis and available treatment options
  • Coordinating care and treatment scheduling
  • Providing valuable financial information
  • Voicing any questions or concerns to doctors and other providers
  • Finding transportation to appointments or other treatment-related activities
  • Explaining procedures thoroughly, especially using resources available from cancer centers
  • Providing educational materials and care supplies
  • Providing emotional support for patients and loved ones from diagnosis through treatment

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Nurse Navigator in Breast Cancer Care, take part in the FREE Nurse.com CE Course Nurse Navigators as Bridge to Breast Cancer Survival

¹http://www.baylorhealth.com/PHYSICIANSLOCATIONS/ALLSAINTS/SPECIALTIESSERVICES/CANCER/Pages/BreastHealthNurseNavigator.aspx

 

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Tera Rowland
Contributor Tera Rowland

Tera Rowland is the vice president of Soliant and has worked in the healthcare staffing industry for almost 20 years in public relations, social media, marketing and operations. In addition to Soliant, Tera worked at the Mayo Clinic as an internal communication manager and for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Staffing Association. Also, Tera has served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum as part of the communication committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Florida and has been published in the Huffington Post, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Traveler Magazine, and Scrubs Magazine. Make sure to read the rest of Tera's blogs!