Hey NL! Have you heard of Nurse Navigators?
Eastern Health has appointed seven Nurse Navigators around the province to help guide you through your cancer experience. They are spread out throughout Newfoundland and Labrador with stations in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, St. Anthony, Corner Brook, Gander, Clarenville, and St. John’s.
These nurses are like oncology superheroes. They understand that people often feel stressed, afraid, and curious when they receive a cancer diagnosis. They will help answer your questions and help you find your way through the complex healthcare system.
In an information sheet they said, “Specially trained oncology nurses act as compassionate, effective guides offering proactive, practical help to bridge gaps and assist patients, families, and caregivers negotiate the maze of treatments, services, and challenges encountered on their cancer journey.”
What they do
- Provide education and information
- Offer ongoing support
- Offer advice on how to talk to your children
- Provide links with other community health care professionals / agencies
- Navigate language and cultural barriers
- Connect with resources that may be able to assist with medications, travel,
- accommodations and other health related costs
- Educate about preventative measures
- Answer questions and addressing concerns
- Assist with preparation for medical appointments and procedures
- Discuss ideas about communicating effectively with health care professionals,
- family members, and others
- Makesure patients are aware of and can access needed services.
How you can find them
Ask your family doctor about connecting with a Nurse Navigator in your area, or call their toll-free number: 1-855-848-3888.