What does a Brain Navigator do?

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Hello fellow nurses,

I apologize if this is a dumb question or has been asked before. There are some big changes coming to my current hospital and over half of the current nursing staff on my unit will, well, have to go do something else somewhere else.

With that being said, I am looking at other positions inside my current company and outside. There is a job posting for a Brain Navigator within a Hematology/Oncology clinic. From what I have gathered so far is that this nurse literally navigates the patient and their families from their first appointment, treatment, and so forth. I just want to consider if I'd be a good fit and if it's something I'd enjoy doing.

Any of you folks a brain navigator, have been, or have a better understanding?

Thank you! ?

Swellz

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Specializes in oncology, MS/tele/stepdown. Has 6 years experience.

I'm glad you asked this question. I see job postings like this periodically and don't really know the job function either, I've just never asked on here. Hope you get some answers.

Specializes in Telemetry, Step-Down, Med-Surg, LTC, PACU. Has 7 years experience.
On 8/18/2019 at 6:09 PM, Swellz said:

I'm glad you asked this question. I see job postings like this periodically and don't really know the job function either, I've just never asked on here. Hope you get some answers.

Thanks, Swellz. Still waiting for an answer hopefully and just don't know anyone who works in this field to ask. I like to know what I am applying for or interviewing for before hand.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 46 years experience.
On 8/15/2019 at 7:38 PM, nurseburst said:

There is a job posting for a Brain Navigator within a Hematology/Oncology clinic. From what I have gathered so far is that this nurse literally navigates the patient and their families from their first appointment, treatment, and so forth.

I'm familiar with Penn Medicines Nurse Navigators for Cancer

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Here at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center, our nurse navigators cover specific disease sites, allowing us to become experts in those areas. We participate in our disease team conferences, leadership meetings, and other initiatives in order to share ideas, collaborate, and advocate for our patients, coworkers and providers.

Specializes in Telemetry, Step-Down, Med-Surg, LTC, PACU. Has 7 years experience.
23 minutes ago, NRSKarenRN said:

I'm familiar with Penn Medicines Nurse Navigators for Cancer

Thank you for your response. That gives a clearer picture of what Nurse Navigators do!

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 46 years experience.

Glad to help.

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