Compliance with safety protocols can minimize risks from occupational exposure to antineoplastic drugs. Are you doing all you can do?
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.
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?
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 cancerJune 28, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the best practice recommendation for nurse-to-patient ratio for patients receiving IL-2?
A look at types of nurses and a review of nursing shortages by state.
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?
Is there a new consensus about wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling monoclonal antibodies (MABs) for infusion?
How can clinicians be more informed about the carcinogenicity of drugs they prescribe?
Bathing and Honoring a patient who's died "provides a final positive experience for family members and allows them to begin the grieving process."
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 improved the timeliness and quality of care for patients with GI malignancies.
An oncology-specific, one-day orientation program has potential to increase staff knowledge of clinical resources and patient care.
A model was created to address the challenges of educating staff that care for both adult and pediatric patients.
Employing the kaizen lean methodology of daily huddles and huddle boards in ambulatory oncology over 10 months has led to improved patient care.
A forum where health care professionals can discuss social and emotional issues that arise in patients with cancer has had strong turnouts.
Applying Lean Six Sigma principles increased patient satisfaction scores for call light responsiveness for a surgical oncology division.
Deciding to move the "buzz" from a crowded nurses' station to the bedside resulted in creation of a new hand-off tool.
Simulation-based evaluation is a feasible, effective method to validate chemotherapy competency.
Nursing staff satisfaction improved in transition of care for patients from the inpatient to the outpatient blood and marrow transplant (BMT) units.
A central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) prevention roadshow effectively provides education to nurses.
A 4-hour live course on use of oral chemotherapy successfully improved confidence and knowledge among nurses unfamiliar with oncology.
An art-based learning approach can help students become better at observation and appreciate the importance of communication.
A multifaceted intervention was seen to increase hand hygiene compliance among emergency nurses and technicians, according to a study.
Oncology nurse navigator help patients and families understand treatment options and sort through how care decisions may impact their lives.
Distress screening at pivotal points in care helps nurses identify which patients need additional support as they cope with their disease and treatments.
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