Oncology Nursing

Conflicts in spirituality: Why me versus why not me

Conflicts in spirituality: Why me versus why not me

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Understanding how patients' use their spiritual beliefs can help you determine which patients may be more likely to develop depressive symptoms.

Robotic surgery trends create new career options for nurses

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The need for new skills await surgical oncology nurses as robotic surgery gains momentum, patient outcomes improve, and new systems enter the market.

Navigator Notes: Distress screening and support

Navigator Notes: Distress screening and support

As patients and oncology care teams strive to keep up with complex treatment plans, symptoms of distress in the patient may be missed. Distress screening tools can help nurse navigators identify which patients may need a referral for psychosocial support.

Unattended grief

Unattended grief

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How do you handle work-related grief? Can you leave it at work, or do you take it home with you? What support is the most helpful to you when a patient dies?

Nurses able to perform colonoscopies equally well

Nurses able to perform colonoscopies equally well

Colonoscopy quality and safety are comparable for nurse and physician endoscopy trainees, according to a study.

Nurse education and workload affect patient mortality

Nurse education and workload affect patient mortality

An increase in workload increases odds of death, whereas an increase in percentage of nurses with degrees cuts death rates, research found.

Navigator Notes: Cancer survivorship and health promotion

A new challenge for health care providers is emerging from the improved prognosis for patients with cancer: the need to include this growing group of patients in health promotion campaigns.

High career satisfaction reported by oncologists

High career satisfaction reported by oncologists

Overall oncologists reported being very satisfied with their careers, but burnout is still a factor.

Who called this code?

Who called this code?

Have you ever felt the lasting effect of overhearing an offhand criticism about a clinical decision you made? This nurse reminds her colleagues that they need to advocate for their care as well as their patients.

Fatigue linked to clinical-decision regret in nurses

Fatigue linked to clinical-decision regret in nurses

For critical care nurses, male gender and working 12-hour shifts were linked to decision regret.

Nurse fatigue gets a wake-up call

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The ANA convened a panel to investigate the impact of fatigue on nurses and nursing. In this first article, the objectives of the NFPIP panel are explained.

ASCO report highlights cancer progress in 2013

ASCO report highlights cancer progress in 2013

Report features 76 studies; highlights new approaches to cancer care and new treatments.

NPs practicing unrestricted could lower costs

NPs practicing unrestricted could lower costs

Independently practicing nurse practitioners (NPs) seeing patients at retail health clinics can cut health care costs, according to study data.

ACA uncertainty makes budget planning necessary

ACA uncertainty makes budget planning necessary

Practice management expert offers advice to clinicians for building a practical budget, despite the economic uncertainties of health care reform.

Health literacy: A missing piece of the puzzle in cancer care

Health literacy: A missing piece of the puzzle in cancer care

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Measuring how much of your instructions your patients understand can be a very difficult task. Nurses need to look for the signs of low literacy level.

Establishing survivorship care in a community-based center

Establishing survivorship care in a community-based center

When should survivorship care begin? The definition of a cancer survivor and strategies for educating and engaging survivors in their care are explored.

Survivorship care planning

Survivorship care planning

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Do nurses participate in survivorship care planning?

Treating low immunoglobulin levels

Treating low immunoglobulin levels

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When is it necessary to treat a patient with low immunoglobulin levels?

Coping with compassion fatigue

Coping with compassion fatigue

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Oncology nurses are exposed every day to so much pain and suffering. Any suggestions?

Administering chemotherapy with no blood return

Administering chemotherapy with no blood return

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What is the appropriate protocol for administering chemotherapy when there is no blood return from the implanted port?

Nursing research: Speaking up for the value of small projects

Nursing research: Speaking up for the value of small projects

Think research requires a large scale, multisite collaboration, a big grant, and endless academic resources? Think again. Small projects can be big on data.

Pain management in patients receiving palliative care

Pain management in patients receiving palliative care

Understanding pain mechanisms and the types, triggers, and alleviating factors is needed to provide effective analgesia for patients with cancer.

Tasks other than patient care consume much of nurses' time

Tasks other than patient care consume much of nurses' time

Nurses find biggest challenge of communication devices is that of unnecessary interruptions, according to a report published by Voalte.

Rationing some cancer care has broad support

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Cutting health care costs by refusing to pay for drugs that do not improve survival or quality of life has the support of the majority of cancer doctors, patients, and members of the general public, according to a new study.

Nurse practitioners and doctors have differing perceptions of the NP role

Nurse practitioners and doctors have differing perceptions of the NP role

Research shows discrepancies in the way the role of nurse practitioners is viewed.

Patient navigator: A role for nurses that goes beyond clinical care

Patient navigator: A role for nurses that goes beyond clinical care

Cancer care entails a confusing labyrinth of screenings, tests, and treatments. This emerging role for nurses is becoming increasingly vital to achieve ideal patient outcomes.

Medical futility: Turning 
to the ethics committee

Medical futility: Turning 
to the ethics committee

End-of-life care and decisions can be difficult for health care providers. Consulting the ethics committee can provide needed support for the final decision.

Warrior princess

Warrior princess

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As a nurse, what do you do when you have no things you can do to help your patient? Ann Brady reflects on a patient who just needed her to stand there and do nothing.

Large-volume IM injections: 
A review of best practices

Large-volume IM injections: 
A review of best practices

Intramuscular injections offer improved treatment adherence, ease in 
monitoring of adverse effects, and multiple administration sites.

Assessing and treating 
radiotherapy-associated 
diarrhea

Assessing and treating 
radiotherapy-associated 
diarrhea

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A common side effect of cancer treatment, including radiotherapy, is diarrhea. Treatment is based on its cause and severity.

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