Oncology Nursing

'Bathing and Honoring' Nursing Intervention Benefits Families after Patients Die in Acute Care Setting

'Bathing and Honoring' Nursing Intervention Benefits Families after Patients Die in Acute Care Setting

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ORLANDO, FL—Bathing and Honoring a patient who has died "provides a final positive experience for family members and allows them to begin the grieving process," according to a report on the practice presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has found.

Multidisciplinary Bone Marrow Program Prepares RNs to Perform Aspirations, Biopsies

Multidisciplinary Bone Marrow Program Prepares RNs to Perform Aspirations, Biopsies

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ORLANDO, FL—Registered nurses who participated in a bone marrow program maintained a 98% score when rated by pathologists for the quality of the bone marrow aspiration and biopsy samples they collected, with no reported incidences of postprocedure complications, according to a presentation at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Model Details Challenges of Educating Staff to Care for Both Pediatric and Adult Oncology Patients

Model Details Challenges of Educating Staff to Care for Both Pediatric and Adult Oncology Patients

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ORLANDO, FL—When nurses verbalized a lack of comfort level in caring for pediatric patients, a model was created to address the challenges of educating staff that care for both adult and pediatric patients, a study reported at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

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

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

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ORLANDO, FL—An oncology-specific, one-day orientation program has the potential to affect current practice positively by increasing staff knowledge of clinical resources and patient care services available to oncology patients, a report at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has found.

Gastrointestinal Oncology Nurse Navigation Improves Patient Outcomes

Gastrointestinal Oncology Nurse Navigation Improves Patient Outcomes

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ORLANDO, FL—Gastrointestinal oncology nurse navigation improved the timeliness and quality of care for patients with GI malignancies, according to research presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Forum Facilitates Professional Caregiver Discussion of Emotional Issues in Caring for Cancer Patients

Forum Facilitates Professional Caregiver Discussion of Emotional Issues in Caring for Cancer Patients

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ORLANDO, FL—Schwartz Center Rounds, a forum where health care professionals can discuss social and emotional issues that arise when caring for patients with cancer and their families, have had strong turnouts and garnered positive evaluations from participants, according to a presentation at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Kaizen Huddle Board Use Enhances Patient Care, Reduces Process Waste in Ambulatory Cancer Center

Kaizen Huddle Board Use Enhances Patient Care, Reduces Process Waste in Ambulatory Cancer Center

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ORLANDO, FL—Employing the kaizen lean methodology of daily huddles and huddle boards in ambulatory oncology over 10 months has led to improved patient care, a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress concluded.

Bedside Hand-off Reporting Improves Both Nursing and Patient Care

Bedside Hand-off Reporting Improves Both Nursing and Patient Care

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ORLANDO, FL—Deciding to move the "buzz" from the beehive of a crowded nurses' station to the bedside resulted in creation of a new hand-off tool, with 99% of patients giving a "thumbs up" to the best practice, a study reported at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

'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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ORLANDO, FL—Applying Lean Six Sigma principles—long used in manufacturing to eliminate waste related to energy, money, and time—increased patient satisfaction scores for call light responsiveness for the surgical oncology division above the previous year's benchmark, according to a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Validating Chemotherapy Administration Feasible with Simulation-Based Evaluation

Validating Chemotherapy Administration Feasible with Simulation-Based Evaluation

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ORLANDO, FL—"Simulation-based evaluation is a feasible, effective method to validate chemotherapy competency and ensure all nurses receive the opportunity to demonstrate competencies in a safe and consistent manner," a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has concluded.

Teamwork Improves Transitioning Blood and Marrow Transplant Patients to Outpatient Unit

Teamwork Improves Transitioning Blood and Marrow Transplant Patients to Outpatient Unit

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ORLANDO, FL—Nursing staff satisfaction improved when the transition of care for patients from the inpatient to the outpatient blood and marrow transplant (BMT) units included a standardized approach using electronic communication in SBAR—Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation—format, according to a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection Prevention Roadshow Brings Education to Units

Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection Prevention Roadshow Brings Education to Units

ORLANDO, FL—A central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) prevention roadshow effectively provides education to nurses about central line care and maintenance as well as the importance of documentation, according to a presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 40th Annual Congress.

Oral Chemotherapy Course Increases Confidence Among Nurses Outside Oncology Units

Oral Chemotherapy Course Increases Confidence Among Nurses Outside Oncology Units

ORLANDO, FL—A 4-hour live course on use of oral chemotherapy successfully improved confidence and knowledge among nurses unfamiliar with oncology, results of a project presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has found.

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.

Better adherence to guidelines for safe handling of antineoplastic drugs is needed

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Recommended safe handling practices for workers who administer antineoplastic drugs in health care settings are not always followed, according to a new study.

Closing the empathy gap in your nursing practice

Closing the empathy gap in your nursing practice

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A question posed at a recent conference prompts a self-examination of how unintentionally—and easily—bias can impact the care nurses provide.

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