The Role of Oncology Nurse Navigators in Healthcare Reform

September 13, 2013
Carol Bush, BS, RN

Carol Bush, BS, RN, discusses the role of oncology nurse navigators in healthcare reform.

Carol Bush, BS, RN, patient navigator, Midwest Cancer Alliance, The University of Kansas Cancer Center, discusses the role of oncology nurse navigators in healthcare reform.

Bush says that nurse navigators are a vital part of healthcare reform because they are the ones that are responsible for assessing gaps, coordinating care, analyzing data, and constructing a care plan for patients with cancer.

Nurse navigators also focus on prevention, wellness, and patient education. Bush says it is an important time for nurse navigators as their roles closely tie into healthcare reform.

Clinical Pearls

  • Nurse navigators are a vital part of the healthcare reform
  • Nurse navigators assess gaps, coordinating care, and construct care plans for patients with cancer while focusing on prevention, wellness and patient education.