With many provinces in Canada now recognizing Navigation as a key component of an integrated system of cancer care, CANO has worked with a national group of stakeholders to develop a position statement for navigation. With growing interest in Navigation programs among patients, health care providers and policy-makers across Canada as a means to improve coordination and continuity of care, and to facilitate timely access to health care services, it is important to understand Cancer Patient Navigation as one of the family of specialized oncology nurse roles. The next evolution in this work is to establish a Special Interest Group for Navigation, to continue to support and grow navigation practice and opportunities for collaboration in Canada.
Cancer Patient Navigators work primarily revolves around meeting the cancer patient’s care needs across care settings, health systems and the cancer care continuum. Cancer Patient Navigators provide a link between health events and providers, creating a sense of predictability for patients and prepare care teams to more effectively managing patients changing health needs. This position facilitates an ability to overcome barriers to care and enhance care continuity and coordination.
As the number of Canadians living with or beyond cancer continues to grow, it is unrealistic to expect that any one provider can meet a patient’s myriad of needs, or that all cancer patients will have a standard set of care needs. While the model of care for Patient Navigation may vary, the core intention and outcomes are the same: to facilitate and enhance the delivery of high quality, person-centred oncology care.
The purpose of the Navigation SIG is to:
- Support the development of a national Navigation Course, through a deSouza/CANO partnership.
- To support and promote collaboration of all oncology Navigators across Canada, regardless of population of focus.
- Identify the issues, trends and challenges affecting Navigators working in oncology and make recommendations to support addressing these concerns.
Navigation SIG Resources for CANO/ACIO Members
Click here to access the CANO/ACIO members-only site to learn more about joining this special interest group, networking with other nurses and sharing/accessing resources.
Last Updated: January 16, 2019