Oncology Nursing Society

Some port maintenance outside the scope of nursing practice

Some port maintenance outside the scope of nursing practice

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Is it within a nurse's scope of practice to flip a port over with a physician's order?

ONS engages distress screening

ONS engages distress screening

The Oncology Nursing Society has released a joint position statement on key issues surrounding the implementation of screening programs for psychosocial distress in cancer centers.

"4MAT" System Promotes Patient Adherence to ONS PEP Radiation Dermatitis Guidelines

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"4MAT" education can help individualize and optimize patient use of an evidence-based skin care protocol based on the ONS Putting Evidence into Practice guidelines for radiation dermatitis, found research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

ONS addresses cancer genetics in oncology nursing

ONS addresses cancer genetics in oncology nursing

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A new position statement from the Oncology Nursing Society urges oncology nurses to incorporate new genomic information into practice and patient education.

ONS defines nurse leadership skills

ONS defines nurse leadership skills

The ONS Leadership Competencies provides a means for self-assessment and a foundation for future leadership education.

ONS Connections: School-age childhood cancer patients are resilient to fatigue during chemotherapy

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Over the trajectory of chemotherapy treatment, school-age children appear to develop resilience to fatigue.

ONS Connections: Pediatric vincristine-induced peripheral neuropathy reliably and validly assessed

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A composite measure assessed peripheral neuropathy induced by vincristine reliably and with validity.

ONS Connections: Ostomy risk factors and complications predicted by two instruments

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Two new instruments are valid and reliable in identifying risk factors and ostomy complications.

ONS Connections: Participatory nutrition education effective for patients with gastrectomy

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A nutritional education program for patients with gastrectomy improved knowledge, oral intake, adherence to diet guidelines, and patient satisfaction compared with patients who received usual nutrition education.

ONS Connections: Decreased sexual interest most common persistent and bothersome symptom in breast cancer survivors

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Breast cancer survivors reported that decreased sexual interest was the symptom causing the most significant bother.

ONS Connections: Computer-tailored intervention increases colon cancer screening in low-income black patients

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A computer-tailored intervention was more effective than a brochure at increasing the completion of fecal occult blood tests and moving low-income black patients toward action.

ONS Connections: Pretreatment depression, anxiety, and poor physical functioning associated with non-adherence to hormonal therapy in breast cancer patients

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Taking a lower percentage of prescribed doses of hormonal therapy was associated with higher pre-therapy levels of depression and anxiety and with poorer physical functioning.

ONS Connections: Evidence-based nursing has gaps in belief and implementation

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Gaps in evidence-based practice exist, even within an oncology nursing workforce that is well-educated and experienced.

ONS Connections: Comprehensive oncology pathways improve patient outcomes

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Adopting oncology pathways within the practice setting of oncology nurses has the potential to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

ONS Connections: Instrument can measure needs of caregivers of neuro-oncology patients

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A needs assessment tool can identify specific needs of caregivers of patients with a primary malignant brain tumor.

ONS Connections: Implementing an end-of-life pathway enhances quality care

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An end-of-life pathway can enhance the ability of oncology nurses to provide high quality care at a crucial time for patients and families.

ONS Connections: Symptom clusters identified in patients with head and neck cancer after chemotherapy

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Two clusters of symptoms, one specific to head and neck cancer (HNC) and one related to gastrointestinal symptoms, were identified in patients with HNC.

ONS Connections: Neck disability and depressive symptoms linked in patients with head and neck cancer

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Neck disability and depressive scores were significantly correlated among patients with head and neck cancer.

ONS Connections: Opioid-induced constipation inadequately addressed

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Opioid-induced constipation is not adequately addressed by nurse practitioners and physicians, according to research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Connections: Advancing Care Through Science conference.

ONS Connections: External lymphedema scale developed for head and neck cancer

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Lymphedema in patients with head and neck cancer can be described through an instrument that has been developed and validated.

ONS Connections: Opioid titration by oncology nurses leads to more titrations

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Patients who had their opioids managed by clinic nurses who used an opioid titration protocol had more opioid titrations than those who had their opioids managed by standard care, which was their oncologist.

Help for health care: Nurses helping nurses

A dinner conversation among nurse colleagues led to an organized effort to help nurses in the Indian Health Service provide better health care.

Congress 2012 and all that jazz

Congress 2012 and all that jazz

More than 3,000 oncology nurses gathered in New Orleans for the 2012 Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress.

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