Friday, May 24, 2013

Patient Navigation Job Outlook

Patient Navigation is experiencing a nationwide surge in interest. From the proliferation of PN program funding to the exponential rise in job listings in this field, navigation is finally getting its due attention. And there's no visible end in sight to this exciting trend, as evidenced by more and more people making the decision to pursue an amazing career that involves breaking down barriers to healthcare and ultimately saving lives. 

The jobs are waiting for them, too. Take, for instance, this screenshot:

The above are the results of a search for "navigator' on from this morning. These are just the first 16 that popped up. They're all Patient Navigator jobs that were posted TODAY, and that's not even the full extent of them!

In reviewing an outsourced Patient Navigation research report from Fall of '12, we found out just how much the PN field is growing. An excerpt:

The Patient Navigator job outlook suggests a surge and continued increase in not only available jobs but also salaries of Patient Navigators, with or without a medical background., September 2012:
  • The average salary for patient navigator jobs is $41,000*. Average patient navigator salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits. This salary was calculated using the average salary for all jobs with the term "patient navigator" anywhere in the job listing.
  • A simple search on the Business Week Jobs Board for "Patient Navigator" yields 14,000+ results** (09/12) vs. 641 results just over a year ago on in May of 2011.
*Update: Avg. salary for Patient Navigator is still at $41K; in NY, NY (as of 5/24/13) listed at $49,000; for New Orleans, LA, it is listed as $38,000
**5/24/13: up to 19,267, October 2011:
  • Double or triple growth in the next few years anticipated for PN as a career (AONN)
  • The AONN estimates there are 2,500 to 3,500 navigators nationwide (however, there could be at least another 1,000 who work under job descriptions as care coordinators or liaisons).
  • Most navigators currently work in Oncology, but they are also branching out into emergency medicine, diabetes treatment and cardiology.
  • Hospitals are creating more navigator positions than adding to someone's existing job duties. That has a lot to do with the new CoC standards.
The field of Patient Navigation is growing, and the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute is proud to be training some of the absolute best navigators out there! With PN jobs on the rise, it certainly seems to be a smart career choice...

They're the next in-person training dates at HPFPNI!
To reserve your seat:
Call 646-380-4060   Email   Visit HPFPNI here

 The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators ~ Edward Gibbon

Friday, May 3, 2013

Passing the Baton

In the Patient Navigation relay race, which lane is yours?
I often give the example of a Mile Relay Team. It's a simple example, but it's one that works. Here you have four runners (navigators) and a coach (navigation). The main concerns here are: Did you improve the time? Did you pass the baton at exactly the right time? Were you right there to get the baton? Were you there to perform at your highest level while the baton was in your hand? ~ Dr. Harold P. Freeman on Patient Navigation

Patient Navigation, in its most optimal and helpful form, starts way before a chronic disease diagnosis -- way before one darkens the doorstep of a doctor's office. The way Patient Navigation can help the greatest amount of people is when it shows up on the street where you live.

Knowledge is power and that power is a very strong force when it comes to your health. If we don't know what can make us sick, how can we implement prevention? If we're not informed of our options, how can we make the best choices? Enter the first phase, if you will, of Patient Navigation: Community Navigation. Dr. Freeman notes that this is where testing is championed as information on guidelines for who should be tested for what, and when. Community Navigators share important health information on things like the need to be tested, at what age, where to go for it, how to go about it, and the many options for care and treatment. This knowledge empowers those in communities that would not otherwise, perhaps, be privy to it.

The next phase would be one of Diagnostic Navigation. Once an individual goes in for testing, a suspicious finding would necessitate navigation to their biopsy (in the case of Cancer) and diagnosis. Diagnostic Navigators would lend their expertise to patients throughout this entire process, leading to the next phase of Treatment Navigation where, upon diagnosis, the patient needs navigation through all of the treatment options and medical care. These two phases can benefit from navigators with clinical knowledge, and also from navigators without. Great PN training provides both with the knowledge they need in their varying responsibilities to the patients in their care.

The final phase is Survivorship Navigation. A good example would be with something like Diabetes, which is a chronic disease with no endpoint. Navigation will occur in well-defined areas for the duration of the patient's life, to include complications, economics, logistics, and so forth.

At the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, we hand batons out on the day that our top notch training is complete. It's up to the Patient Navigator at that point to pick a lane, perform at their highest level, and run!