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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amanda L Crock, BSN (University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This book has practical instructions on how to guide breast cancer patients through the course of their treatment.
Purpose: It addresses the responsibilities of a breast cancer navigator and details the information institutions need to develop the nurse navigator role. The author provides clear, concise information that is easy to understand for the novice practitioner.
Audience: The book is directed to breast cancer practitioners who are involved in case management. The author is well known in the field and has nearly 30 years of experience.
Features: In describing the role of nurse navigator, the book provides extensive information on assisting patients through the course of their disease. The author suggests that nurse navigators experience the patient flow process by walking though the treatment appointment. Multiple case studies illustrate positive patient outcomes surrounding different scenarios. Quality outcome measures are also discussed.
Assessment: The book describes in detail the role of the nurse navigator, how to apply it in an institution, and how to measure outcomes. The breast cancer nurse navigator role is new and the book explores this uncharted territory in a clear and concise way.