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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This initiative clearly demonstrates the impact of the APN-RN Navigator model on increasing the timeliness of breast cancer care in the authors' setting. Although the model used a bachelor's-prepared RN and an APN, the role could be performed solely by an APN who has navigation competencies. The integration of genomics into the care of patients with cancer is rapidly changing the way healthcare providers identify, screen, diagnose, and treat disease. Oncology nurses need to advance their knowledge of genomics and maintain competence with the continuing advancements in this field because they often are in the position of educating patients and families on the impact genomics has on their cancer care.