• On behalf of the AONN+ Foundation For Learning, a decision has been made to suspend the Thoracic Certification ONN-CG(T). As we proceed with achieving national accreditation for the ONN-CG and OPN-CG certifications, AONN+ FFL is focusing resources towards developing rigorous generalist exams to ensure that clinical nurse and patient navigators have the knowledge to competently demonstrate effective navigation services across the cancer care continuum within their scope of practice.

    At this juncture in our organization’s development, the Certification Advisory Commission is committed to creating a professional certification experience. We feel we can best achieve excellence for navigators seeking professional certification by creating a strong certification foundation within the generalist exams sustained by pursuing national accreditation standards.

    The decision to suspend the Thoracic Certification was not made lightly, thoughtfully considered and approved by the AONN+ FFL Certification Advisory Commission. We thank those who achieved the thoracic certification to date. Those currently holding the certification can retain this certification if they continue to meet the certification requirements and renew as outlined below.

    These requirements include:

    • Document participation in 15 continuing education hours in thoracic care every 36 months
    • Maintain ONN-CG Certification
    • Maintain direct thoracic navigation experience
    • Renewal fee of $50 due at time of recertification
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    1. Community Outreach/Prevention – 5%

    1. Community outreach/awareness
    2. Prevention
    3. Early detection (CT screening)
    4. Smoking cessation
    5. Lung cancer prevention
    6. Risk factors

    2. Coordination of Care/Care Transitions – 45%

    1. How is the diagnosis made?
    2. Where are lung navigators located in continuum?
    3. Diagnostic tests (NCCN; NCI)
    4. Staging measures
    5. Clinical trials
    6. Molecular and genetic testing
    7. Surgery
    8. Chemotherapy (targeted therapies)
    9. Radiation therapy
    10. Symptom control
    11. Paraneoplastic syndrome
    12. Radiation pneumonitis
    13. Superior vena cava syndrome
    14. Pleural effusion
    15. Spinal cord compression
    16. Pericardial effusion 

    3. Patient Advocacy/Patient Empowerment – 10%

    1. Lung Cancer Alliance
    2. Lung Cancer Foundation of America
    3. Lung Cancer Research Foundation
    4. Dusty Joy Foundation
    5. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
    6. Global Lung Cancer Coalition, American Lung Association, etc
    7. Tobacco control issues
    8. Addiction of nicotine

    4. Psychosocial Support Services/Assessment – 10%

    1. Lung statistics
    2. Signs and symptoms
    3. Caregiver issues
    4. Stigma of diagnosis
    5. Social issues
    6. Sexuality   

    5. Survivorship/End of Life – 10%

    1. Survivorship care, including long-term side effects and late effects
    2. Metastatic disease—end of life
    3. Hospice care
    4. Nutrition
    5. Hydration
    6. Which type has best survival stats?

    6. Professional Roles and Responsibilities – 5%

    1. Treatment modalities, including do no harm
    2. Genetics
    3. Recurrences—local and distant
    4. Tumor board
    5. Resource use for side effects of radiation therapy and chemotherapy
    6. NCCN guidelines to steer practice    

    7. Operations Management/Organizational Development/Healthcare Economics – 5%

    1. Financial toxicity
    2. Evidence-based algorithms
    3. Gap analysis

    8. Nursing Research/Quality/Performance Improvement – 10%

    1. Early detection (CT screening)
    2. Palliative care clinic
    3. Evidence-based algorithms
    4. Metrics
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  • Your ONN-CG(T)℠ is valid for 3 years from the date of testing. To maintain your Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalist Thoracic℠ [ONN-CG(T)℠] credential, you must document participation in 15 continuing education hours in thoracic care every 36 months.

    Thank you for your patience as we establish a portal where your credits will be uploaded.

    Additional requirements:

    • Maintain ONN-CG Certification
    • Maintain direct thoracic navigation experience
    • Renewal fee of $50 due at time of recertification

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