What is a Nurse Navigator?
Nurses are trusted health practitioners and well placed to help you navigate your care – it’s their industry to start and they know it inside out. Traditionally, Nurses focus on the wider concerns of patients, taking into account holistic needs as they understand you are a person with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs and have a full life with family, community and your own preferences and concerns.
A Nurse Navigator is an expert Registered Nurse with many years of working closely with people (patients, their families and carers, health workers) in a wide variety of clinical settings and have extensive experience, skills and knowledge. They understand most the management and effects of most health conditions, how to stay well and manage when you are sick. Sharing this knowledge with you in a way you understand (Health Literacy) and explaining how things work in the clinical setting, a Nurse Navigator can support you to make better decisions about your healthcare and improving your self-care. Identifying available support and resources within your community in addition to current providers is also available.
Having someone who knows how the system works, what is reasonable to expect (and what is not), who does what and why, who to talk to, how to troubleshoot and one or two short cuts can be very reassuring.
When would it be useful to have a Nurse Navigator?
- have a new diagnosis and don’t know where to start
- don’t understand the medical terms
- have little experience with the health system
- need emotional support that is personalised
- feel lost, treated like a number or that no one cares
- are seeing multiple specialists and need help coordinating things
- need an independent, unbiased professional support that is customised to you
Book now for a free 20-minute discovery call to see if Nurse Nav can help!
Disclaimer - Nurse Nav is not a Medical Doctor and is designed to work with your current health team to support the delivery of safe, patient centered care. Nurse Nav does not diagnose, treat or recommend any medications and do not substitute any care of doctors. Always check with your current health care team before making any decisions.