The purpose of this blog series is to describe the concept of health navigators. In the first blog, I defined the basic role of health navigator. After having a few conversations with colleagues, I decided that it is time to write a blog about what role the health navigator does not play in the health care system. Some nurses have commented that health navigators should not work in hospitals because they will not have clinical training. Other colleagues have mentioned that health navigators may never find jobs, because no one knows how their role fits into the health care team. Now, you see the reason for writing this blog about the role of health navigators on the health care team.
In 2015, Kay Perrin, PhD, MPH, joins us as a guest blogger for a series of five blog posts on the topic of the exciting new career field of the Health Navigator. This is the first of five.
As I began to write this series of blogs about the role of health navigators, I asked a few colleagues for advice and suggestions. In these brief discussions, I was asked similar questions. Those queries serve as the outline for this first blog.