Oncology Navigator Services
Nurse Navigators are patient educators and care navigators on a mission to improve the cancer care experience for each patient. An Oncology Nurse Navigator (ONN) is a professional registered nurse with oncology-specific knowledge, who offers individualized assistance to patients, families and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers.
Chelsea Simpson, RN
Chelsea is a lung nurse navigator that oversees Wesley’s lung screening and lung nodule programs. Prior to her navigator role, Chelsea worked as an assistant nurse manager where she oversaw and provided preoperative and postoperative care to cardiac and thoracic surgery patients. She has a wide range of medical-surgical
experience in multiple specialties including oncology, urology, endocrine, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, hematology and transplant care. To refer a patient for more information about lung navigation services, lung screenings or Wesley’s lung nodule program, please call (316) 962-2007.
Erica Denno, RN
Erica is a lung and gastrointestinal navigator supporting patients with lung, esophageal, gastric, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and colorectal cancers. Prior to her navigator role, she worked on Wesley’s surgical oncology floor where she helped develop a survivorship program. She is an oncology certified nurse and is chemotherapy certified through the Oncology Nursing Society. To refer a patient for more information about lung or gastrointestinal services, please call (316) 962-3342.
How does an oncology nurse navigator help?
Wesley’s oncology navigators help patients and their families with the physical and emotional demands of their illness and follow-up care, providing assistance before, during and after hospitalizations. The navigator’s role also extends to referring physicians, ensuring effective communication among all caregivers, facilities and individuals.
The oncology navigators program is one of the many reasons why Wesley Medical center is one of the preferred locations for cancer treatment in Wichita, Kansas. This service is free for all our patients and is part of our multidisciplinary approach for cancer treatment.
Our oncology navigators also specialize in pediatric oncology and are trained to assistant children who are battling cancer.
An oncology navigator can:
- Provide education regarding diagnosis and treatments, empowering the patients to make informed treatment decisions
- Provide emotional support and help patients achieve confidenece in order to be their own patient advocate
- Serve as a resource to patients and families for questions about the disease, next steps, referrals and support such as financial aid, dietary teaching and transportation or child care assistance
- Connect patients to resources inside and outside Wesley Medical Center
- Eliminate barriers to care and enhance communication between all healthcare providers
How does patient navigation make a difference?
- Coordinate communication between medical professionals and patients
- Help patients to understand the importance of follow-up care and taking their medications as prescribed
- Connect patients to appropriate resources to ensure that all barriers of care are addressed and responded to in a timely manner
- Ensure patients move rapidly through the healthcare system
- Reduce the fear and frustrations for patients and caregivers
- Provide a support system for the patient and their family at a critical time – after a cancer diagnosis and through treatment
- Facilitate communication and act as a liaison with the healthcare team on behalf of the patient