Novice Oncology Nurse Navigator: Core Elements in Establishing Training Needs and Building on Competencies

Barbara Lubejko

Darcy Burbage

Cynthia Cantril

Lori Hoffman Hogg

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon

oncology nurse navigator, training, patient navigation, oncology nurse generalist
CJON 2019, 23(4), 387-394. DOI: 10.1188/19.CJON.387-394

Background: Oncology nurse navigation opportunities are rapidly expanding as the value of the role is recognized. However, there is a lack of training opportunities focusing on the unique needs of the oncology nurse navigator (ONN). Most navigator training programs provide only general oncology navigation content.

Objectives: The purpose of this article is to evaluate the current state of training for the novice ONN and begin to identify core elements to inform development of a standardized training program.

Methods: Navigator training programs and literature related to the role and development needs of the novice ONN were reviewed.

Findings: Training of the novice ONN varies widely, with little evaluation of the most effective way to prepare for the role. It is clear that the learning needs of the ONN are different than those of other types of navigators and oncology nurses.

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