Cookeville Regional’s Erin Young, RN, BSN, has achieved two new certifications this year by completing and passing rigorous educational programs and examinations to become a Certified Breast Patient Navigator through the National Consortium of Breast Centers and a Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN™) through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.
The certification as a Breast Patient Navigator validates Young’s knowledge and skills in navigating a breast patient through their breast care/cancer continuum of care. This certification was offered for the first time this year and Young was among the first nurses in the United States to achieve certification for Breast Patient Navigation. She was able to pursue this certification in large part due to funding from the Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland Affiliate.
Young’s completion of the Breast Care Nurse certification tests the knowledge necessary for the nurse to practice within the specialty of breast care nursing – from prevention and detection to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship as well as end-of-life care. Young is among only 263 nurses nationwide to hold this certification.
Cookeville Regional hired Young to begin the nurse navigator program to help breast cancer patients “navigate” their way through the maze of questions and options associated with a diagnosis of breast cancer. Patient navigation in cancer care refers to individualized assistance offered to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers and facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience.
The Cancer Center at Cookeville Regional is one of only six cancer programs selected as a pilot site for the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ (ACCC’s) Cancer Care patient navigation project. Through this pilot project the Cancer Center, chosen for this prestigious opportunity from among the ACCC’s 670 members, will participate in a training program on patient navigation by experts in the field.