When you are admitted to the hospital, a
multidisciplinary care team will be involved in your treatment. Hospitals rely on a variety of providers
to ensure that every patient gets the personalized care they need and
that patients have access not just to treatments for their acute problems
but also to support when navigating recovery, paying for care and making
treatment decisions. Two members of a typical hospital staff that you
may encounter are nurse navigators and primary care nurses. Here is what
you need to know about how they differ and the roles they play in your care.
If you are undergoing treatment for a chronic condition, then you may be
assigned a navigator for your care. The nurse navigator will help you
understand the roles of other people involved in your care and assist
you in finding resources to make managing your care easier. A nurse navigator
may do everything from acting as a spokesperson for the patient’s
family with a physician to helping a patient get an appointment with a
nutritionist if he or she is struggling with eating properly. As Cathy
Cole, RN of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, explains in
this video, nurse navigators are also instrumental in providing emotional support
to patients and their families.
Primary care nurses
Primary care nurses are directly involved in patient care. They may administer medications,
draw blood, place IVs and monitor vital signs. Primary care nurses are
more hands-on with treatments than nurse navigators, but they do not coordinate
other aspects of your care beyond the scope of their specialty. If you
ask your nurse navigator for information about your care plan or your
treatment progress, he or she may consult your primary care nurse.
The staff at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center shares a singular commitment:
to ensure every patient receives advanced, comprehensive care with compassion.
You can learn more about the services of our hospital in Thousand Oaks
or get a referral to one of our specialists by calling (877) 888-5746.