About AONN+

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The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is the largest national specialty organization dedicated to improving patient care and quality of life by defining, enhancing, and promoting the role of oncology nurse and patient navigators. Our organization of over 8,900 members was founded in May 2009 to provide a network for all professionals involved and interested in patient navigation and survivorship care services to better manage the complexities of the cancer care treatment continuum for their patients. We view our organization as one consisting of “professional patient advocates” and, to that end, we support and serve our members.

Meet the AONN+ Leadership

Emily Gentry, BSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, OCN

Executive Director, Strategy & Operations

Emily Gentry, BSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, OCN, is Executive Director of Strategy & Operations at AONN+. Previous roles within AONN+ have included Director of Education and Program Development and Co-Director of Certification.

Prior to joining AONN+ in 2019, Ms. Gentry served as Navigation Director, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Medical City Healthcare in Dallas/Fort Worth, operationalizing their initial patient navigation program in North Texas.

Ms. Gentry has been engaged in supporting cancer patients and their families for more than 37 years. Across her oncology career, she has worked as an oncology and hematology nurse at the bedside, a chemo-infusion nurse, a research study nurse, patient education leader, community outreach liaison, and oncology program director, leading care teams that support cancer patients and their family members.

Jordan Henderson, BSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG

Director of Program Development

Jordan graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012. She became an Oncology-Certified Nurse in 2016 and an Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalist in 2018. Jordan has experience in diverse oncology settings, including inpatient oncology, outpatient chemotherapy infusion, breast cancer navigation, survivorship navigation, and program development.

She most recently worked at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, where she co-led the development of the only survivorship navigation program in the enterprise nationwide. She had the opportunity to define, create, and enhance survivorship services nationwide.

Monica Dean

Director, Patient Navigation Program Development

As Director of Patient Navigation Program Development, Monica works on strengthening and forging relationships with advocacy groups to advance collaborative projects. She received her bachelor’s degree in health science with a minor in nutrition from Georgia Southern University.

Monica liaises with pharmaceutical interests to develop funding and support specifically for patient navigation educational initiatives.

Rachael Baranoski

Senior Director, Expert Networks

Rachael has a demonstrated history of working in the project and association management fields, specifically in oncology.

She is highly skilled in association management, project management, integrated marketing, publications, and creative writing. Rachael currently manages AONN+: “The vision of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators is to achieve, through effective navigation, patient-centered superior quality cancer care coordination from pre-diagnosis through survivorship/end of life.” AONN+ is an association whose mission is to promote the role of the navigator to be recognized as an essential member of the cancer care team.

Member Benefits

By joining the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) you will receive access to useful professional resources and networking tools. Please visit the Membership section for a full list of member benefits.

Grow Your Oncology Community

We’ve assembled a variety of avenues for collaboration including committees devoted to particular topics/issues of critical importance to the Oncology community.

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