The Oncology Nurse Navigator program at Augusta Oncology utilizes an Oncology Certified Nurse to offer individualized assistance to oncology patients, families and caregivers as part of cancer continuum. Using the nursing process, nurse navigators work to address, remove or manage barriers to treatment promoting shared decision making in the patient’s health care.
- Care Management Plan Review: Navigator reviews diagnosis, pathology, staging, prognosis, treatment goals, chemotherapy planned with dosage and frequency, plans for Radiation and/or surgery.
- NCCN Distress Thermometer: The NCCN Distress Thermometer and Problem List for Patients measures distress in a similar way to pain – on a scale of zero to 10, 10 being the worst. The NCCN Problem list allows patients to inform their doctor if they are having concerns in areas such as practical, family, emotional, spiritual, and physical problems. Often, emotional side effects of cancer are not discussed in as much detail as the physical side effects. This tool makes it easier for people to talk to their doctors about the emotional effects caused by the diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment of cancer.
- Advanced Directive assistance
- Survivorship Care Plan review: Navigator reviews treatment received, pathology, surveillance, risk reduction and health promotion activities.
- Oral Adherence Program: Medication education, access to medication, symptom management.
- PHQ-2 and PHQ-9 follow up: A tool to assist clinicians with diagnosing depression and monitoring treatment response.
Contact Nurse Navigator by calling front desk or asking any staff member for assistance.