When you find out you have cancer, you may feel overwhelmed, anxious, and fearful—all normal and understandable. One day your life is going well, the next it becomes filled with medical jargon and decisions about your treatment. This is why Sturdy Memorial offers nurse navigation for our oncology patients. From the first day of your diagnosis, through your treatment, recovery, and survivorship, your nurse navigator will guide you through the information, appointments, and emotions that accompany your diagnosis. Providing you with education and support, while also serving as your advocate and confidant is part of your care at Sturdy
What is a Nurse Navigator
- A nurse navigator is a clinically trained medical professional. At Sturdy, our nurse navigator is Oncology and Hospice/Palliative care certified with over 20 years of oncology nursing experience.
- A nurse navigator guides you through the cancer care continuum from diagnosis through survivorship.
- A nurse navigator acts as your central point of contact and coordinates all aspects of your cancer care (as needed), which can include surgical, medical, radiation, social work, education, community and financial support, and insurance assistance.
A Nurse Navigator Can Help You and Your Loved Ones
- Understand your diagnosis
- Help ease your anxiety
- Discuss the pros and cons of your personalized treatment options
- Provide education and support
- Help you learn how to manage care at home after treatment
- Coordinate your medical appointments and assist with transportation as needed
- Navigate through financial struggles related to your care
- Identify other beneficial health services such as nutrition, cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema therapy and more and refer appropriately to the services available right here at Sturdy.