New publication by Phillips, S., Villalobos, A.V.K., Pratt-Chapman, M.L. (2019)

New publication by Phillips, S., Villalobos, A.V.K., Pratt-Chapman, M.L. (2019). Evaluating an Online Training Course to Develop and Sustain Cancer Navigation and Survivorship Programs. Oncology Nursing Forum. DOI: 10.1188/19.ONF.E171-E179


To evaluate the online Executive Training on Navigation and Survivorship developed by the George Washington University Cancer Center, which provides guidance on building and sustaining oncology patient navigation and survivorship programs. Sample and Setting: Volunteer sample (n=499) of U.S. healthcare professionals, including nurses, patient navigators, and others. Methods and Variables: Learners completed questionnaires before and after each module and at the end of the training.

Descriptive statistics were calculated. Paired t-tests were used to assess pre- to posttest learning confidence gains for each module. Sub-analyses were conducted for learners indicating a nursing profession. Qualitative learner feedback was summarized. Results. All groups demonstrated statistically significant (p<0.05) pre- to posttest improvements in confidence for all seven training modules. Confidence gains were statistically significant for 19 of 20 learning objectives (p<0.05).

Though nurses tended to report lower baseline confidence, they enjoyed similar learning gains compared to non-nurse counterparts. Rating scores and qualitative feedback were positive overall. Implications for Nursing. The Executive Training helps prepare learners from diverse backgrounds to establish and sustain navigation and survivorship programs in cancer settings across the U.S. The training content addresses gaps in nursing education in program planning and budgeting that are important to program success.

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