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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Julianne Ossege

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Jo Singleton

Committee Member

Dr. Lynne Jensen


PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a nurse navigator in increasing colorectal (CRC) screening in primary care setting.

METHODS: This was a descriptive retrospective study of the effect of nurse navigators in increasing colorectal screening in primary care settings within Jefferson county and its surrounding counties. The sample consisted of 200 patient chart reviews for the period of September 1st through December 31st, 2017. Rates of colorectal screening were compared in those who received a nurse navigator call and those who did not.

RESULTS: Overall screening rates were 44.6%. A distinct increase in screening was identified when patients were contacted by a nurse navigator.

CONCLUSION: The study findings support the nurse navigator’s role in colorectal screening. These findings may further help clarify the nurse navigator’s role in cancer screening and treatment plans within communities. Further research is needed using a larger study sample to identify a continuous trend.