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Nurse Navigators

Updated on February 11, 2016

A Navigators Background

Clinical Navigator, sounds like I should be wearing a fancy pointed hat for the title, right? Perhaps something close to a Ships Navigator or Aircraft Navigators, now that would make for an interesting concept. I suppose it would be much like the old days when nurses wore caps, although times have changed and so has style!

I want to share with you, something I find intriguing, at least it peaks my curiosity and I find it fascinating and compelling. I mentioned Ships Navigator and Aircraft Navigators for a particular reason.

A navigator is the person on board a ship or aircraft responsible for its navigation. The navigator's primary responsibility is to be aware of ship or aircraft position at all times. Responsibilities include planning the journey, advising the ships captain or aircraft commander of estimated timing to destinations while en route, and ensuring hazards are avoided.

*Now, lets go a little deeper into Navigation

Navigation is a field of study that focuses on the process of monitoring and controlling the movement of a craft or vehicle from one place to another. The field of navigation includes four general categories: land navigation, marine navigation, aeronautic navigation, and space navigation.

If you were to take that first definition (which we will thank Wikipedia for because I do not remember how to properly site a reference) and change just a few words, you can get this:

*A Clinical navigator is the person staffed within a healthcare facility that is responsible for its patients navigation. The navigator's primary responsibility is to be aware of the patients expectations, questions regarding care or concerns they may face while in the facility. Responsibilities include planning the transfer, advising the facility or admissions coordinator of ETA for patients arrival and ensuring mistakes are avoided in the admission process.

*However, it doesn't end there. Clinical Navigators are available for their patients 100% of the time they are residing in that Heath Care Facility. At least that is what I believe and that is exactly how I have kept many patients in good spirits and without complaints during my time as a Clinical Navigator.

Lets look at the next definition (again, I would like to thank Wikipedia for the assistance) with a few changes made.

*Clinical Navigation, it focuses on the process of monitoring and assisting a patient or family member from one Health Care facility to another. The field of Clinical Navigation includes many general categories: Hospice Navigation, LTACH Navigation, LTC Navigation, Assisted Living Navigation, Skilled Rehab Navigation or Home Health Navigation.

It is possible I did not list them all. I just wanted to introduce you to the position, Clinical Navigation. I will be adding so much more to this site as time allows. I am EAGER to share stories with you that do not and I repeat DO NOT violate any HIPPA laws. I will never use a patients medical record number nor will I use a patients name. Privacy is very important to me, just as it is to my patients and their families. If I share a story or an event with you, let it be known that I have be given permission from the family or patient to share that particular story or event with you. Even with permission I will not disclose any patient information in my Blogs.

I appreciate any follows and shares. I was 34 before I ever realized this position existed for Nurses and Health Care workers. I know families who have passed through hospitals and never even knew a Navigator existed. What a difference this could have made in a patients stay!

I sometimes wish I had a video crew following me around and I laugh about how entertaining it would be for someone to see exactly how my day commences. Once you get to know my writing and how I place you in the middle of my stories, you will fall in love with what I do! I know this because I am very passionate about my title and how I have chosen to pursue my career. It is my calling, my purpose in this life. Thank you for being here, the one place where I can put it all down and share it with the world. I look forward to my future blogs!

Spring Johnson, Clinical Navigator

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      2 years ago

      Hi Chris!

      I would step In at the point where you hospital social worker has decided that you may need a little extra inpatient rehab to recover. Primarily because I am a navigator for a rehab hospital. :)

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      2 years ago

      Christopher can I be in one of your stories!?!?

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      Christopher adams 

      2 years ago

      Ok let me see if I understand what you do. Ok, say for example I am going in for a hip replacement. Let also say I am going to be in there for a week, and have concerns and questions.? At that point thats where you come in and you help me nevagate and easy my concerns. On whatever it is I need help with rather it be financial, easing my concerns in general aboou the whole ordeal exc. hospital visits and so forth I look forwad to your feed back . My name is christopher adams tulsa ok.


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