Impact of a Nurse Navigator on Genomic Testing and Timely Treatment Decision Making in Patients With Breast Cancer

Kelly A. McAllister, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN; Mary L. Schmitt, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, AOCNP


Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2015;19(5):510-512. 

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The authors implemented the APN-RN navigator practice model to improve practice. The RN navigator developed a tracking tool to screen and identify all patients appropriate for testing. The team was expanded to include an oncology APN to collaborate with the RN navigator. The APN was responsible for submitting the order when the final surgical pathology was available. The RN navigator scheduled the medical oncology appointments to occur after the test results were available and also was responsible for educating each patient about the test and the implications of results. The APN was responsible for ensuring the test results were in place for the medical oncology appointments.