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Oncology nurse/patient navigators who participate in this BRIDGE Symposium will develop a working knowledge of cancer genetics/genomics. Navigators can then effectively educate patients and advocate for appropriate referrals to genetic professionals, ensuring suitable access to germline and tissue testing.

The role of Navigators as Genetic Extenders will be proposed, ultimately to enhance cancer care for patients and their families. The current state of the science and near future directions in cancer genetics/genomics will be addressed by a multidisciplinary faculty that includes genetics nurses, advanced practice nurses, certified genetic counselors, and researchers.



Objectives:
  • Describe basic concepts and principles in cancer genetics and genomics, specific to the navigator role.
  • Recognize the shared decision- making process related to genetic/genomic testing, focusing on both pretest and posttest education and counseling.
  • Identify at least 2 of the most common hereditary cancer syndromes, as well as proposed management guidelines.
  • Describe at least 2 emerging technologies in tissue genetic testing (genomics) that are now or may soon affect cancer treatment or management.
  • Distinguish basic clinical features that warrant referral for genetic/genomic testing, using case examples and pedigree reviews.
  • Propose the role of Genetic Extender for Navigators particularly around gathering a relevant family history, fostering a multidisciplinary team, and evaluating educational resources.
Wednesday

We Need a Financial Navigator! - You don’t have a formal Financial Navigator at your facility - putting all the puzzle pieces together, so your patients can reap the benefits of Financial Navigation.
Take Your Financial Navigation to the Next Level - Proactive rather than Reactive means reaching out to the patients before they realize they might need help!



Objectives:
  • Identify available Federal resources to maintain/ replace health insurance coverage. (COBRA, marketplace)
  • Increase knowledge of job roles/ titles internal to medical facility and within community that assist patients with daily living, medical, prescription and insurance resources. (financial counselor, financial advocate, patient navigator, financial services or billing, foundation grants, social worker, town assistance, communities of faith, national organizations, national advocacy or disease specific groups, drug companies)
  • Distinguish employment categories and what protection / benefits may be available. (Over 50 employees, under 50 employees, gig workers, self-employed, etc: FMLA, short term or long- term disability, unemployment, sick bank (your own or donated.)
  • Summarize implications/ benefits to fundraising/ accepting donations for income-based eligibility programs. (Premium Assistance through Foundation Grants or, Crowd Funding)
Wednesday

In this session, seasoned and rising leaders will explore varying aspects of exercising leadership. Participants will also learn how to work with others in a leadership context. They will discover skills to build teams, coach individuals, and meet group and individual challenges that arise in a leadership role. Participants will develop personal insight and perspective on their leadership style to fit their work and team environments. The session will review contemporary issues in the healthcare and oncology landscapes and examine how this impacts leadership. Participants will also learn methodologies to collaborate, communicate, and interact with professional leaders.



Objectives:
  • Illustrate avenues to identify and improve leadership skills.
  • Recognize how to promote team building and address challenges.
  • Extrapolate insights into effective professional branding.
  • Evaluate the current landscape of healthcare and oncology and how to gain a competitive advantage.
Thursday
Telehealth as an evolving innovative platform in oncology navigation is accelerating in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this session, participants will learn about the current and future landscape of telehealth in healthcare and explore opportunities for application in oncology navigation.

Objectives:
  • Discuss the current landscape and expansion of telehealth, including future implications for healthcare and oncology.
  • Explore the opportunities of telehealth and the application to the practice of oncology navigation.
  • Examine best practices and challenges in the implementation of telehealth in navigation.
Thursday
Because evidence guides practice, it is essential for oncology navigation programs to identify core metrics and standardize data collection activities to demonstrate program outcomes in the value-based environment that is currently dominant and will continue to be in the future. However, the oncology navigation field has lacked clarity about which metrics are most relevant and has failed to provide oncology navigators with a common framework for navigation measurement. This session will introduce the metrics implementation toolkit and guide navigation teams in the utilization of this resource.

Objectives:
  • Summarize the background to the development of the metrics implementation toolkit.
  • Discuss the common challenges and facilitators to collecting metrics.
  • Identify key stakeholders to determine program metrics and data sources.
  • Illustrate navigation metrics dashboard development.
  • Describe the performance improvement process and tools.
Thursday
This session will address the heightened focus on the concept of cancer care “value” via patient perspectives and perceptions through existing assessments of patient preferences, values, and goals.

This qualitative study explores and examines real-life (patient) experiences as they have become actualized in peoples’ lives, and the study findings will be utilized to inform the future of value assessments and ultimately policies that impact the lives of patients and their families.


Objectives:
  • Provide an overview of the concept of value assessment and the potential impact on cancer patients.
  • Explore factors cancer patients and survivors consider when defining value in cancer care.
  • Share the degree of alignment or conflict between the factors that patients and survivors deem critical to cancer care value and those factors of importance to value framework developers.
  • Discuss implications for practice, research, and policy.
Thursday
New Orleans Virtual "Walking Tour" (non-CE)
12:45pm - 02:00pm Eastern - November 5, 2020

Thursday

This session will provide an overview of | FLMA, Cobra & Health Insurance. It will discuss various scenarios that AONN+ members face when working with patients and families about the health insurance issues. It will provide national resources focused on employment protection, disability rights or workplace accommodations. This session will help in understanding the employment issues that our patients are facing and how we can advocate for our patients regarding these issues.



Objectives:
  • Identify available Federal resources to maintain/ replace health insurance coverage. (COBRA, marketplace)
  • Increase knowledge of job roles/ titles internal to medical facility and within community that assist patients with daily living, medical, prescription and insurance resources. (financial counselor, financial advocate, patient navigator, financial services or billing, foundation grants, social worker, town assistance, communities of faith, national organizations, national advocacy or disease specific groups, drug companies)
  • Distinguish employment categories and what protection / benefits may be available. (Over 50 employees, under 50 employees, gig workers, self-employed, etc: FMLA, short term or long- term disability, unemployment, sick bank (your own or donated.)
  • Summarize implications/ benefits to fundraising/ accepting donations for income-based eligibility programs. (Premium Assistance through Foundation Grants or, Crowd Funding)
Thursday

This session will give an overview of how Health Care Providers can support patients with pre-existing mental health disorders. It will provide resources that are effective tools when supporting cancer patients who have depression, anxiety and/or a pre-existing mental health disorder.



Objectives:
  • Participant will define the role of mental health in cancer outcomes.
  • Identify the effects of a cancer diagnosis on mental health.
  • The participant will be given resources and tools to manage the mental health side effects of a cancer diagnosis.
  • The participant will be given tools for their self-care caring and supporting patients with cancer.