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About the BPNC® Program

In 2008, the NCBC recognized the need for a standardization of the Breast Patient Navigator's role. Just as the breast care/cancer diagnosis and treatment process may differ from facility to facility, so do the definitions, activities, knowledge and job descriptions of a breast patient navigator. These disparities can adversely affect the breast care/cancer treatment provided to women across the nation and around the world. In an effort to minimize and eventually eliminate the variances in a breast patient's continuum of care and the definition/function of a breast patient navigator providing care within that continuum, the NCBC created this program.

A peer committee was formed to develop a certification program designed to validate the skill sets of breast patient navigators. The first certification program was offered at the NCBC's 21st Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference in Las Vegas, NV. More than 200 breast healthcare professionals received their designations as certified Breast Patient Navigators.

Program Developers

The NCBC would like to thank the following professionals for generously volunteering their time and hard work during the development of the BPNC program and certification:

Shireen L. Braner, PA, RT(R)(M)(QM), CBECDirector
Breast Imaging
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA

Susan M. Gardner, RN, CBEC, Nursing Care Coordinator
Swedish Breast Care Center
Swedish Medical Center/Cancer Institute
Seattle, WA

Diana Gaughan, RN, OCN, Oncology Nurse Navigator
Ruth J Spear Breast Center
Providence St. Vincent Hospital
Portland, OR

Colleen Johnson, RN, NP, Breast Navigator
Kansas City, MO

Meridithe Mendelsohn, MPA, Manager
Cancer Survivorship Program
UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center
San Francisco, CA

Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS
Administrative Director, Breast Center
Distinguished Service
Assistant Professor of Breast Cancer
Dept. of Surgery and Gynecology
Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Colleen Sullivan-Moore, RN, MS, Nurse Navigator
Breast Care
X-Ray Associates of New Mexico, PC
Albuquerque, NM

Sandra M. Walters, RN, Breast Cancer Educator/Navigator
Andre Center for Breast Cancer Education and Navigation
Private Non-Profit Community Clinical Navigation Program
Denver, CO