The George Washington University Cancer Institute in Washington, D.C., has published core competencies for oncology patient navigators.
The 45 competencies were created through literature review, focus group data analysis, expert review and a national survey of oncology patient navigation stakeholders.
Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, lead author and director of the GW Cancer Institute, said:
“Patient navigation is a rapidly growing health profession given new accreditation standards from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. However, patient navigation suffers from a lack of standardization or regulation of any kind. This means that patient navigator practices vary widely, sometimes performing administrative duties that underutilize unique skills and sometimes performing services that should be left to clinically licensed health care professionals. The GW Cancer Institute Core Competencies for Oncology Patient Navigators are the first-ever consensus-based standards for the field to advance the profession and ensure we optimize all members of the health care team to support great patient care.”
The competency statements were published in the Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship. To view the core competencies, click here (Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators account required for access).
In addition to creating the core competencies, Pratt-Chapman and her team also crafted a framework defining the primary role and functions performed by oncology patient navigators, community health workers, and clinically licensed nurse and social worker navigators.