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Evaluating an Online Training Course to Develop and Sustain Cancer Navigation and Survivorship Programs

Serena Phillips
Aubrey V.K. Villalobos
Mandi Pratt-Chapman
ONF 2019, 46(5), E171-E179 DOI: 10.1188/19.ONF.E171-E179

Objectives: To evaluate the impact of the Executive Training on Navigation and Survivorship (Executive Training) online training course, designed by the George Washington University Cancer Center, on nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Sample & Setting: A volunteer sample of 499 healthcare professionals, including nurses and patient navigators, were recruited through multiple Internet-based channels.

Methods & Variables: Participants completed questionnaires before and after each module and at the end of the training. Descriptive statistics were calculated, and paired t tests were used to assess pre- and post-test learning confidence gains for each module. Qualitative feedback from participants was also summarized.

Results: From pre- to post-test, each group demonstrated statistically significant improvements in confidence (p < 0.05) for all seven training modules. Confidence gains were statistically significant for 19 of 20 learning objectives (p < 0.05). Overall rating scores and qualitative feedback were positive.

Implications for Nursing: The Executive Training course prepares healthcare professionals from diverse backgrounds to establish navigation and survivorship programs. In addition, the training content addresses gaps in nursing education on planning and budgeting that can improve success.

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