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How do oncology nurse navigators help cancer patients?

When a patient is first referred to a nurse navigator, the nurse will go through the patient’s file to get a better understanding of her diagnosis. Then, the patient will visit the nurse navigator for an educational session. More than likely, the patient will have to have some type of surgery, so the nurse navigator will use this time to give the patient a tour of the same-day surgery unit and introduce her to the key nurses she’ll be dealing with. After the tour, the patient and nurse navigator have some one-on-one time, where the nurse provides the patient with resources and education about her diagnosis and treatment plan. Most patients walk out of their nurse navigator meetings feeling much more comfortable with their diagnosis. After their first meeting, the nurse navigator follows patients through all of their treatments, depending on the patient’s preferences.

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