NMCC Workgroup

New Mexico Cancer Patient Navigation Network (Access Priority)

This workgroup is focused on improving access to cancer-related services through expansion of community-based patient navigation services. For more information on New Mexico Cancer Patient Navigation Network (NMCPNN), contact co-chairs Elba L. Saavedra Ferrer and Sandra E. Arellano at nmcpnn@gmail.com.

The NMCPNN is a working group of the New Mexico Cancer Council (NMCC).

The NMCPNN is a New Mexico network of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN).            



Resources for Patient Navigators



George Washington Cancer Center – Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals: http://tinyurl.com/bdhy5svt

Oncology Nursing Society Oncology Nurse Navigator Toolkit: https://www.ons.org/toolkits/ons-oncology-nurse-navigator-toolkit

Patient Navigator Training Collaborative – Patient Navigation & Community Health Worker Training: https://patientnavigatortraining.org/courses/

Colorado Health Navigator Competency Assessment: https://tinyurl.com/yc3zwh25 


Suggested Role
Online or In-Person
Oncology Nursing Society Certification Resources
Clinical Nursing
3 Hour Online Test, Multiple Choice
Online – Testing Application and Eligibility Requirements Necessary
National Consortium of Breast Centers, Various Certifications Available
Clinical Nursing
3 Hour Online or In-Person Test, Multiple Choice
Online and In-Person Options Available, Advanced Registration Required, Testing Application and Eligibility Requirements Necessary
Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators Foundation for Learning Certification (AONN+ FFL)
Clinical Nursing
The website is currently being revamped, and only renewal of certification is available at this time. The cost of certification renewal is $150.

NCCA Nationally Accredited BHCN™ Breast Health Clinical Navigator™ Certification Program


Clinical Nursing
In-person test, March 15th, 19th, and 20th, 2024 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm in Paris Las Vegas, NV



2023 Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators Annual Conference – November 15-19, 2023 San Antonio, TX Register Here: https://aonnonline.org/conferences

The Oncology Nursing Society’s Signature Conference – ONS Congress – April 24-28, 2024 Washington, DC Learn More Here: https://www.ons.org/congress/2024/about

The National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC)  33rd Annual Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference  – 2024 Conference Dates and Location To Be Announced, Learn More Here: https://www.breastcare.org/ncobc-annual-interdisciplinary-breast-center-conference/

Recent Publications

“Review of Proposed Rule for CY 2024 Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule” Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School, Read Here: Review of CY 2024 PFS Proposed Rule CHLPI 07-20-23

“Environmental Exposure Assessment: Considerations for Oncology Nurses” Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Read Here: https://www.ons.org/pubs/article/251621/preview

“Patient Assessment: Using the Oncology Nurse Navigator Patient Assessment for Rural and Other Resource-Poor Settings” Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Read Here: https://www.ons.org/cjon/25/6/patient-assessment-using-oncology-nurse-navigator-patient-assessment-rural-and-other

“National Patient Navigation Leadership Summit (NPNLS): Measuring the Impact and Potential of Patient Navigation, Supplement to Cancer” American Cancer Society Cancer Journal, Read Here: https://acsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/10970142/2011/117/S15

“Establishing Effective Patient Navigation Programs in Oncology” National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Read Here: http://tinyurl.com/yc6w9ubk

“A Decade Later: The State of Patient Navigation in Cancer” – American Cancer Society Cancer Journal, Read Here: https://acsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/10970142/2022/128/S13

George Washington Cancer Center Newsletters; Cancer Control TAP E-Newsletter and Patient Navigation and Survivorship E-News, Subscribe Here: https://cancercontroltap.smhs.gwu.edu/newsletters  Read Archived Newsletters Here: https://cancercontroltap.smhs.gwu.edu/cancer-control-tap-newsletter-archive

“Oncology Nurse Navigator Roles Are Transforming Cancer Outcomes for Underserved Rural Patients” – Oncology Nursing Society Voice, Read Here: https://tinyurl.com/4t9z7c7k

National Headlines

“Biden Cancer Moonshot Announces Commitments from Leading Health Insurers and Oncology Providers to Make Navigation Services Accessible to More than 150 Million Americans”, Read Here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/news-updates/2024/03/08/fact-sheet-biden-cancer-moonshot-announces-commitments-from-leading-health-insurers-and-oncology-providers-to-make-navigation-services-accessible-to-more-than-150-million-americans/ 

“CMS Includes Reimbursement for Oncology Patient Navigation in CY24 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposal”, Read Here: https://pressroom.cancer.org/releases?item=1241 

“A Profession to Put on the Map” George Washington Cancer Center, Read Here: A Profession to Put on the Map | School of Medicine and Health Sciences (gwu.edu)

“The American Cancer Society Awards $4.2 Million in Grants for Patient Navigation to Hospitals Across the Country” – American Cancer Society, Read Here: https://pressroom.cancer.org/releases?item=1126


“Psychometric Evaluation of the Oncology Nurse Navigator Patient Assessment (ONNPA)”, Oncology Nurse Navigator Patient Assessment, Learn More Here: https://onnpa-research.org/current-study

Patient Navigation Practice Competencies

The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators – Professional Oncology Navigation Task Force (AONN – PONT) Competencies: https://www.jons-online.com/issues/2022/march-2022-vol-13-no-3/4399-oncology-navigation-standards-of-professional-practice

Oncology Nurse Society (ONS) Oncology Navigator Core Competencies: 2017ONNcompetencies.pdf (ons.org)

George Washington Cancer Institute – Core Competencies for Non-Clinically Licensed Patient Navigators: Core Competencies for Non-Clinically Licensed Patient Navigators (gwu.edu)

American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Standards and Resources:http://tinyurl.com/2pksbykb