In a presentation at the 2016 Cancer Survivorship Symposium, clinicians at Children’s Mercy (CM) and the University of Kansas Cancer Center (KUCC) reported on the results of a nurse navigation program they developed for transitioning childhood cancer survivors from pediatric to adult care. Response to the program was very positive, with participants relieved to have a single contact person helping them move from one provider to another. As the presenters noted:
The nurse navigator has minimized anxiety about transition for patients and parents as she establishes a relationship with patients at [CM], and then is able to provide continuity as they transition to the Survivor Transition Clinic at [KUCC]. The navigator also improves communication between pediatric providers, adult primary care providers and sub-specialists caring for the patients. Overall, our transition process has been effective and is now serving as a model across both institutions.
Just another example that the support provided to patients by nurse navigators is emotional as well as tactical.