Monroe Township, NJ (PRWEB) October 13, 2011
In conjunction with the Second Annual Navigation and Survivorship Conference, the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, Inc. (AONN) presented the Second Annual Excellence in Navigation and Survivorship Awards. Recognizing excellence in patient navigation and survivorship care, five recipients were selected from more than 60 nominations in a variety of categories. “All of these award winners represent a great example for those just starting in this profession to emulate, whether they are navigators or administrators responsible for developing these patient services at their center,” said Sean T. Walsh, Executive Director.
Gastrointestinal Cancer Navigator of the Year Award
Coralyn Martinez, RN, of the Lack Cancer Center, in Grand Rapids, MI, was awarded Gastrointestinal Cancer Navigator of the Year for her efforts in providing coordinated care for patients dealing with the chaos of cancer. In her position, she is responsible for coordinating the Multidisciplinary Clinic, which consists of the many specialists responsible for a patient’s care, including surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, social work, and other areas. Coralyn provides quality patient-centered care, and her compassion is something all healthcare professionals should strive to attain.
Lung Cancer Navigator of the Year Award
This year’s Lung Cancer Navigator of the Year award was presented to Cynthia Smart, RN, OCN, of the Derrick L. Davis Forsyth Regional Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, NC, who has been a lung cancer navigator for approximately seven years. Her compassion and dedication for the patients she guides, as well as their families, has had a tremendous impact in a community of patients faced with a disease often in its later stages. Additionally, Cynthia has taken time to mentor other navigators, work in the community on various events, advocate for and empower her patients, as well as to develop support groups for patients and their families dealing with the reality of a lung cancer diagnosis.
Breast Cancer Navigator of the Year Award
Although not in attendance, Carol G. Boyer, MSN, APN-C, CBPN-IC, of Summit Medical Group in Summit, NJ, was awarded the Breast Cancer Navigator of the Year award. Nominated by several colleagues, Carol helped to establish the breast cancer navigator program, as well as many other extended patient services, such as targeted support groups and exercise classes. Additionally, Carol was key in Summit Medical Group earning a designation of Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence through the National Consortium of Breast Centers.
Multisite Tumor Navigator of the Year Award
Recognizing that many navigators are responsible for guiding patients with a variety of diagnoses, AONN created the Multisite Tumor Navigator of the Year award, and of the many nominations we received, Cindy Krasnecky, BSN, OCN, of Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA, is a great example of the importance of navigation as the glue of the many professionals and departments required for optimal patient care across the cancer continuum. Through her efforts, the navigator program has instituted several clinical and patient services, including increased nutrition and psychosocial support, the growth of a genetic counseling program for high-risk patients, and survivorship plans and services. Cindy strikes the important balance of advocacy, empathy, and perseverance, with the end result of greatly improved communication and patient care.
Administrator of the Year Award
The inaugural Administrator of the Year award was presented to a group of eight navigators from the Derrick L. Davis Forsyth Regional Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, NC, on behalf of Sharon K. Murphy, MBA, MHA, a pioneer, true believer, and early adopter of the navigation profession. Under her guidance, the program has grown from a single breast cancer navigator to six total disease site– specific programs. By encouraging the strengths of each navigator, Sharon has been able to make an enormous impact on the community, one patient at a time, by ensuring that each patient’s voice is heard.
The Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, Inc. (AONN) is the largest national specialty organization dedicated to improving patient care and quality of life by defining, enhancing, and promoting the role of oncology nurse and patient navigators. Our organization currently consists of over 1,900 members, and was founded in May 2009 to provide a network for all professionals involved and interested in patient navigation and survivorship care services to better manage the complexities of the cancer care treatment continuum for their patients. We view our organization as one consisting of “professional patient advocates,” and to that end we support and serve our members.
Sean T. Walsh
Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, Inc.
PO Box 7568, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831