Oncology Nurse Navigation: Expansion of the Navigator Role Through Telehealth

Kimberlee Emfield Rowett

Deborah Christensen

teleoncology, telenavigation, telehealth, eHealth, nurse navigation, nurse navigator
CJON 2020, 24(3), 24-31. DOI: 10.1188/20.CJON.S1.24-31

Background: Residents of communities without local access to clinical oncology care face significant challenges that can be addressed through the use of technology. Teleoncology uses secure, interactive video- and audioconferencing and telephone communication to remotely deliver quality cancer care.

Objectives: This article introduces the role of the oncology nurse navigator (ONN) as a collaborative caregiver and virtual resource for patients and teleoncology providers.

Methods: The literature on telehealth, nurse navigation, and teleoncology was reviewed to describe the ONN role and its integration with eHealth technologies.

Findings: As a member of the interprofessional provider team, the ONN works collaboratively with patients and their family members and serves as a virtual resource. The ONN also provides clinical communication among clinical oncology providers and support staff. The ONN supports eHealth as a method of providing clinical care to patients close to their homes.

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