Oncology Nursing

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?

Oncology patient navigation: Bringing this crucial role to the forefront

Oncology patient navigation: Bringing this crucial role to the forefront

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This emerging role is leading nurses toward more comprehensive patient care, improved community outreach, and a stronger voice to advocate for patients.

Financial considerations are the biggest factor in nurses' retirement choices

Financial considerations are the biggest factor in nurses' retirement choices

Other factors in nurses' retirement choices include health and partner's retirement age.

Tips offered for clinicians to for online reputation management

Tips offered for clinicians to for online reputation management

Tips for reputation management include searching for yourself, updating information, and including a professional headshot.

Evolving roles for oncology nurses: Biospecimen collection

Evolving roles for oncology nurses: Biospecimen collection

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Personalized medicine is changing oncology nursing. This primer explains best practices for collecting and preparing biospecimens used to guide therapy.

Ways to maintain good morale in medical practice explored

Ways to maintain good morale in medical practice explored

Tips to improve morale include relationship building with patients, being in a learning environment, and giving back to the community.

Navigation and survivorship: Rationalizing your program costs

Navigation and survivorship: Rationalizing your program costs

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The cost of nonbillable nursing hours needed for these programs may hinder compliance. The right technology can link treatment silos and lower this cost.

ONA Interview: Breaking the barriers to effective palliative care

ONA Interview: Breaking the barriers to effective palliative care

Oncology Nurse Advisor talked with Diane Meier, MD, about the components of quality palliative care. Dr. Meier is director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and vice-chair for Public Policy and a professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City; she is also the co-author of a new book on palliative care.

Innovative program helps combat catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)

Innovative program helps combat catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)

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Oncology nurses at a New York cancer center successfully reduced the rate of CAUTIs at their facility to zero with a novel program that gives nurses autonomy in making care decisions for patients with urinary catheters.

Healthcare Spending in the U.S. (Infographic)

Healthcare Spending in the U.S. (Infographic)

A summary of site, platform, and social media use by oncologists in 2014.

Nurses need education on advance health care directives

Nurses need education on advance health care directives

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Many nurses lack the knowledge to teach patients about advance directives, but educational programs can fill the knowledge gaps.

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