Oncology Nursing

Challenges for Young Adult Couples Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

Challenges for Young Adult Couples Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis can alter life plans for a young adult couple, completely upending their carefully thought out plans. Understanding their unique challenges can ensure oncology nurses are prepared to help these patients and their partners face an uncertain future.

Pivot Nurse Improves Patients' Navigation Through Lung Cancer Care

Pivot Nurse Improves Patients' Navigation Through Lung Cancer Care

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Researchers in Montreal presented results of a study on the effects of using a pivot nurse in oncology (PNO) on continuity of care, outcomes, and quality of life for patients with lung cancer at the 2018 European Lung Cancer Congress.

Nursing Students Not Always Correctly Identifying Some Patient Care Needs

Nursing Students Not Always Correctly Identifying Some Patient Care Needs

Students better at identifying physical care needs, less so psychosocial, relational needs

Olanzapine Use to Prevent Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Olanzapine Use to Prevent Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

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Why is the antipsychotic olanzapine (Zyprexa) being used to prevent nausea?

Determining Clinical Trial Eligibility

Determining Clinical Trial Eligibility

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How is clinical trial eligibility determined?

Letter-Writing Project Communicates Care Wishes to Healthcare Team, Family

Letter-Writing Project Communicates Care Wishes to Healthcare Team, Family

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What matters most to me, who matters most to me, and what do I want in my last days? Letter-writing project is a tool for patients to communicate their wishes for their last days.

Medical Terms in Patient Education: Using the Confusing to Explain the Complicated

Medical Terms in Patient Education: Using the Confusing to Explain the Complicated

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Medical terminology can be a foreign language — or confusing, at the least — for many patients. Ann Brady uses a patient encounter to illustrate the potential miscommunication inherent in using "medicalese" in patient communication.

Bedside Assessment Tool Improves Worst Pain in Patients With Cancer

Bedside Assessment Tool Improves Worst Pain in Patients With Cancer

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In a 2-arm parallel group study, researchers determined the effect of implementing EPAT on pain, pain management, and opioid-related adverse effects among patients with cancer in 19 cancer centers.

A Witness to Letting Go: Nursing Care at the End of Life

A Witness to Letting Go: Nursing Care at the End of Life

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A new oncology nurse reflects on the first time she provided comfort care for a patient at the end of life and her family.

CHEMO-SUPPORT: A Nursing Intervention to Relieve Chemotherapy Symptom Burden

CHEMO-SUPPORT: A Nursing Intervention to Relieve Chemotherapy Symptom Burden

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Results of a mixed-method study that used a combination of self-report tools evaluated the efficacy of CHEMO-SUPPORT, a patient support program designed to help patients manage their chemotherapy-related symptoms at home.

Advances in Prevention, Treatment of RT-Associated Radiodermatitis Hold Promise

Advances in Prevention, Treatment of RT-Associated Radiodermatitis Hold Promise

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This review of radiodermatitis, a common adverse effect of radiation therapy, discusses preventive and treatment options available that reduce and/or minimize symptoms of the condition.

Chemotherapy Transition to Outpatient Setting Maintains Care at Less Cost

Chemotherapy Transition to Outpatient Setting Maintains Care at Less Cost

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With inpatient beds at a premium, an interprofessional group sought to transition inpatient chemotherapy administration to the outpatient setting. They presented their findings at the NACNS 2018.

Nursing Model of Flexibility, Collaboration Enhanced Overall Care, Outcomes, Practices

Nursing Model of Flexibility, Collaboration Enhanced Overall Care, Outcomes, Practices

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A study presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference focused on redesigning CNS practice to mirror patient transitions throughout the continuum of care.

Aspiration Screening Reduces Aspiration Pneumonia Rates Among Hospitalized Patients

Aspiration Screening Reduces Aspiration Pneumonia Rates Among Hospitalized Patients

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Routine screening initiative results in improved aspiration rates in multiple units across an academic medical center, according to a study presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Inpatient Sperm Banking Shortens Time to Fertility Consultation Before Cancer Treatment

Inpatient Sperm Banking Shortens Time to Fertility Consultation Before Cancer Treatment

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Collaboration with fertility nurse specialists can improve the timeliness of fertility consultations for patients of reproductive potential with cancer, a project presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference has shown.

Evidence-Based Approach Improves Rate of Colon Surgical Site Infections

Evidence-Based Approach Improves Rate of Colon Surgical Site Infections

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Study results presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference demonstrate the efficacy of SSI bundle element compliance and multidisciplinary clinical collaboration in reducing colon surgical site infections.

Initiative Aims to Improve Outcomes by Preventing Delirium in Hospitalized Patients

Initiative Aims to Improve Outcomes by Preventing Delirium in Hospitalized Patients

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The effectiveness of twice daily screenings for delirium was investigated in a study presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Self-efficacy Measure May Be Used to Drive Interventions Post-SCT in Hematologic Cancers

Self-efficacy Measure May Be Used to Drive Interventions Post-SCT in Hematologic Cancers

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Researchers present findings of a study assessing the value of SESM evaluations in patients with hematologic cancer prior to undergoing SCT at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Clinical Nurse-Led Initiative Reduced Cancer Care Variations in Healthcare System

Clinical Nurse-Led Initiative Reduced Cancer Care Variations in Healthcare System

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A CNS-led initiative presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference identified inconsistencies in oncology care, and addressed and implemented corrective measures.

Association Between Improved Nutritional Status, Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients

Association Between Improved Nutritional Status, Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients

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Researchers sought to determine the effect of a standing order set for nutrition and assessment of hospitalized patients. Results were presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Delirium Screening Tool Found Effective for Nurse Assessment of Delirium in Surgical Patients

Delirium Screening Tool Found Effective for Nurse Assessment of Delirium in Surgical Patients

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After assessing and addressing nurse knowledge of use of the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) tool, implementation of screening protocol improved interventions for older hospitalized patients who had undergone urological surgery. These results were presented in a poster at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Use of Antiseptic Swabs Significantly Reduce Incidence of CLABSIs

Use of Antiseptic Swabs Significantly Reduce Incidence of CLABSIs

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Results of a cross-over trial presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference demonstrate the efficacy of antiseptic device swabs in reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections in oncology patients with central venous catheters.

Clinical Alarm Fatigue Can Be Safely Eased With Widened Parameters

Clinical Alarm Fatigue Can Be Safely Eased With Widened Parameters

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Results of a pilot project that incorporated widened parameters on clinical alarms based on evidence-based recommendations were presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Clinical Nurse Specialists' Influence Enhances Outcomes for Patients, Staff, Organization

Clinical Nurse Specialists' Influence Enhances Outcomes for Patients, Staff, Organization

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Highlights of the role for the CNS in the multidisciplinary perioperative clinical team were presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Engaging Staff in Nurse Orientation Programs May Be Essential to Satisfaction, Retention

Engaging Staff in Nurse Orientation Programs May Be Essential to Satisfaction, Retention

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A revised orientation program that engaged CNS staff in new nurse orientation to the OR improved job satisfaction and staff retention.

Additional Clinical Support to Nurses Leads to Improved Patient-Centered Care

Additional Clinical Support to Nurses Leads to Improved Patient-Centered Care

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Effectiveness of daily rounding by a multidisciplinary team on improved staff communication and outcomes-oriented, patient-centered care was presented at the 2018 NACNS Annual Conference.

Peer-Driven Education Leads to Improved Sepsis Bundle Compliance, Outcomes

Peer-Driven Education Leads to Improved Sepsis Bundle Compliance, Outcomes

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Results of a project involving periodic surveys of nursing staff intended to assess familiarity with sepsis screening tool and sepsis bundle was presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.sep

Standardized Skills Lab Achieves Consistent Nursing Knowledge, Competency

Standardized Skills Lab Achieves Consistent Nursing Knowledge, Competency

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Results of a standardized skills lab designed to ensure consistent knowledge and competency across all adult care units were presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Novel Air Assisted Technology Reduces Pressure Injuries When Repositioning Patients

Novel Air Assisted Technology Reduces Pressure Injuries When Repositioning Patients

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CNS-led team of investigators sought to determine if air-assisted technology could reduce patient, as well as nurse, injuries incurred when repositioning patients. Results were presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Sitting With Silence in End-of-Life Cancer Care

Sitting With Silence in End-of-Life Cancer Care

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Modern oncologic care entails actively pursuing treatment and cure; however, at the end of life, the ability to share silence may be the best treatment.

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