Oncology Nursing

Clinicians are rallied to view emotional harm as the new 'human' error in health care

Clinicians are rallied to view emotional harm as the new 'human' error in health care

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Following the call to arms of the Institute of Medicine's landmark report on the impact of medical errors, a multidisciplinary team of health care providers turn the focus toward emotional harms to patients.

Port functionality with irinotecan administration

Port functionality with irinotecan administration

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Subcutaneous power ports seem to rarely function properly when administering irinotecan but function properly when the regimen changes. Is there an explanation for why this happens?

Developing as a navigator: From novice to expert

Developing as a navigator: From novice to expert

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Navigation, much like a nurse's career, evolves from a novice role that follows a set guideline for tasks to an integral part of the continuum of cancer care.

Growing up with cancer: Understanding the challenges to adolescents and young adults (AYAs) coping with cancer

Growing up with cancer: Understanding the challenges to adolescents and young adults (AYAs) coping with cancer

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DENVER, CO—The emotional trajectory of the cancer experience compounds the emotional pendulum adolescents and young adults (AYAs) are already experiencing as their cognition, hormones, and emotions mature. Delivery of high-quality cancer care for these patients requires understanding the behavior, social, and environmental context of their lives, according to a presentation at the 2015 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit.

Navigators have a key role in using genetics and genomics for cancer risk identification

Navigators have a key role in using genetics and genomics for cancer risk identification

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DENVER, CO—The nurse navigator's role in cancer risk identification is three-fold. Despite the changes brought on by genetic/genomics, aspects of the nursing role are consistent with the essential competencies required of all professional nurses, according to a presentation at the 2015 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit.

Composing a CoC-compliant community health needs assessment (CHNA)

Composing a CoC-compliant community health needs assessment (CHNA)

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DENVER, CO—Initial reactions to the 2012 Commission on Cancer (CoC) cancer program standards ranged from confused to frustrated to angry to baffled. But navigators have an arsenal of tools that can help them keep the cancer programs at their institutions in adherence to the CoC standards, according to a presentation at the 2015 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit.

Using the navigation process to improve both your program and your patient outcomes

Using the navigation process to improve both your program and your patient outcomes

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DENVER, CO—The key to the sustainability of a navigation program is effective use of quality benchmark measures, according to a presentation at the 2015 ONA Navigation Summit. Navigators have an in-depth knowledge of evidence-based care guidelines and a unique awareness of care barriers, and can readily identify process improvement opportunities.

Optimal nurse:patient ratio for patients on IL-2

Optimal nurse:patient ratio for patients on IL-2

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What is the best practice recommendation for nurse-to-patient ratio for patients receiving IL-2?

An In-depth Look at the Many Sides of Nursing (Infographic)

An In-depth Look at the Many Sides of Nursing (Infographic)

A look at types of nurses and a review of nursing shortages by state.

Efficacy of Cathflo at suggested volume

Efficacy of Cathflo at suggested volume

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Given reservoir volume and catheter length, 2.2 mL of Cathflo does not seem to be enough volume to reach the tip, thus the sheath/clot. Are there any reports of using larger volumes?

Personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for handling monoclonal antibodies (MABs)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for handling monoclonal antibodies (MABs)

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Is there a new consensus about wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling monoclonal antibodies (MABs) for infusion?

Using the Prescribing Information (PI) on drugs effectively

Using the Prescribing Information (PI) on drugs effectively

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How can clinicians be more informed about the carcinogenicity of drugs they prescribe?

'Bathing and Honoring' Intervention Benefits Families After Acute Care Patient Death

'Bathing and Honoring' Intervention Benefits Families After Acute Care Patient Death

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Bathing and Honoring a patient who's died "provides a final positive experience for family members and allows them to begin the grieving process."

Multidisciplinary Bone Marrow Program Prepares Nurses for Aspirations, Biopsies

Multidisciplinary Bone Marrow Program Prepares Nurses for Aspirations, Biopsies

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Registered nurses in a bone marrow program maintained a 98% score for the quality of bone marrow aspiration and biopsy sample.

Gastrointestinal Oncology Nurse Navigation Improves Patient Outcomes

Gastrointestinal Oncology Nurse Navigation Improves Patient Outcomes

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Gastrointestinal oncology nurse navigation improved the timeliness and quality of care for patients with GI malignancies.

Oncology-Specific, One-Day Orientation Program Encourages Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Oncology-Specific, One-Day Orientation Program Encourages Multidisciplinary Collaboration

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An oncology-specific, one-day orientation program has potential to increase staff knowledge of clinical resources and patient care.

Model Details Challenges of Educating Staff in Pediatric, Adult Oncology Patient Care

Model Details Challenges of Educating Staff in Pediatric, Adult Oncology Patient Care

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A model was created to address the challenges of educating staff that care for both adult and pediatric patients.

Kaizen Huddle Boards Enhance Patient Care, Reduces Waste in Ambulatory Center

Kaizen Huddle Boards Enhance Patient Care, Reduces Waste in Ambulatory Center

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Employing the kaizen lean methodology of daily huddles and huddle boards in ambulatory oncology over 10 months has led to improved patient care.

Forum Facilitates Caregiver Discussion of Emotional Issues in Patient Care

Forum Facilitates Caregiver Discussion of Emotional Issues in Patient Care

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A forum where health care professionals can discuss social and emotional issues that arise in patients with cancer has had strong turnouts.

'Lean Six Sigma' Approach Raises Call Light Responsiveness Patient Satisfaction Scores

'Lean Six Sigma' Approach Raises Call Light Responsiveness Patient Satisfaction Scores

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Applying Lean Six Sigma principles increased patient satisfaction scores for call light responsiveness for a surgical oncology division.

Bedside Hand-Off Reporting Improves Nursing, Patient Care

Bedside Hand-Off Reporting Improves Nursing, Patient Care

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Deciding to move the "buzz" from a crowded nurses' station to the bedside resulted in creation of a new hand-off tool.

Validating Chemotherapy Administration Feasible with Simulation-Based Evaluation

Validating Chemotherapy Administration Feasible with Simulation-Based Evaluation

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Simulation-based evaluation is a feasible, effective method to validate chemotherapy competency.

Teamwork Improves Transitioning Blood, Marrow Transplant Patients to Outpatient Unit

Teamwork Improves Transitioning Blood, Marrow Transplant Patients to Outpatient Unit

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Nursing staff satisfaction improved in transition of care for patients from the inpatient to the outpatient blood and marrow transplant (BMT) units.

Central Line Blood Stream Infection Prevention Roadshow Provides Education

Central Line Blood Stream Infection Prevention Roadshow Provides Education

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A central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) prevention roadshow effectively provides education to nurses.

Oral Chemotherapy Course Increases Confidence Among Nurses Outside Oncology Units

Oral Chemotherapy Course Increases Confidence Among Nurses Outside Oncology Units

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A 4-hour live course on use of oral chemotherapy successfully improved confidence and knowledge among nurses unfamiliar with oncology.

Art program boosts medical students' visual observation skills

Art program boosts medical students' visual observation skills

An art-based learning approach can help students become better at observation and appreciate the importance of communication.

Intervention improves hand hygiene practice for nurses

Intervention improves hand hygiene practice for nurses

A multifaceted intervention was seen to increase hand hygiene compliance among emergency nurses and technicians, according to a study.

Shared decision-making in cancer

Shared decision-making in cancer

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Oncology nurse navigator help patients and families understand treatment options and sort through how care decisions may impact their lives.

Screening for psychosocial distress: A review

Screening for psychosocial distress: A review

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Distress screening at pivotal points in care helps nurses identify which patients need additional support as they cope with their disease and treatments.

Assessing patency of an implanted port

Assessing patency of an implanted port

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How should a fibrin overgrowth on an internal catheter be managed when there is no blood return from the implanted port?

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