Oncology Nursing

Nurse-patient communication: Speaking without words

Nurse-patient communication: Speaking without words

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Sometimes communication barriers cannot be broken until the patient, the family, and the nurse find a common ground together.

How the immune system is unleashed to fight cancer

How the immune system is unleashed to fight cancer

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Cancer cells hide from the body's natural defenses. This overview explains how immunotherapeutic strategies expose cancer cells to the immune system.

Oncology clinicians and fellows report similar burnout frequency

Oncology clinicians and fellows report similar burnout frequency

Oncology fellows may underestimate future workload of actual practice.

Genomics vs genetics: How are they different?

Genomics vs genetics: How are they different?

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This overview offers a simple guide for explaining to patients the difference between the terms, the tests, and what the results may mean.

Answering the unanswerable

Answering the unanswerable

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Sometimes the best answer to a patient's question is quiet support. Can you recognize when no words are needed?

A career change to radiation oncology nursing

A career change to radiation oncology nursing

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What is the best approach to learning more about the field of Radiation Oncology?

Needs-assessment survey identifies knowledge gaps of novel therapeutics for CACS

Needs-assessment survey identifies knowledge gaps of novel therapeutics for CACS

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Although nurses are familiar with palliative care guidelines related to cancer anorexia-cachexia syndrome, a needs-assessment survey revealed they are less familiar with novel therapeutic interventions in development.

Weekly classes on healthy coping techniques reduces compassion fatigue

Weekly classes on healthy coping techniques reduces compassion fatigue

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Burnout was reduced and secondary trauma improved by a 6-week initiative to prevent compassion fatigue.

Assessment process evaluation confirms nurse comprehension and improved completion time

Assessment process evaluation confirms nurse comprehension and improved completion time

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Pre- and postimplementation surveys are effective tools to confirm staff understanding of and adherence to a new neurologic assessment process for patients receiving high-dose cytarabine.

Clinical pathways refine disease-specific navigation

Clinical pathways refine disease-specific navigation

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Clinical pathways allow a gastrointestinal service to further refine the navigation process for patients with GI cancers.

ONA INTERVIEW: Integrating nursing care with the nutrition support team

ONA INTERVIEW: Integrating nursing care with the nutrition support team

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Noreen Luszcz, RD, MBA, CNSC, nutrition program director for Walgreens Infusion Services, answers questions about nutrition therapy for patients with cancer.

Communication training helps oncologists deliver bad news

Communication training helps oncologists deliver bad news

A communication skills training program based on patient preferences regarding communication can help oncologists' communication performance, according to a study.

No clinic, no problem: Virtual navigation program extends the service to head and neck cancer

No clinic, no problem: Virtual navigation program extends the service to head and neck cancer

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A team of clinicians proposed a virtual navigation system that would allow patients to follow the same pathway as clinic patients but without the formal clinic setting.

Oncology nursing collaboration delivers improved patient experience

Oncology nursing collaboration delivers improved patient experience

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A team of nurses at Torrance Memorial Medical Center identified developed a collaborative approach aimed at improving the cancer patient experience at their community hospital.

Integrative model of nurse navigation enhances survivorship care

Integrative model of nurse navigation enhances survivorship care

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A new cancer diagnosis encompasses multiple physician visits and procedures, and can produce overwhelming stress for all involved.

The evolution of psychosocial care in cancer centers

The evolution of psychosocial care in cancer centers

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Ongoing efforts are being made to address the distress experienced by patients with cancer and new guidelines are now incorporating this care into standard practice.

Navigator Notes: The role of the navigator and its effect on health care reform

Navigator Notes: The role of the navigator and its effect on health care reform

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Nurse navigators can offer more than just helping patients keep their appointments and maintain their lives. Navigators can help the health care system function more effectively.

Collaboration with dietary services incorporates nutritional status into patient assessment

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—A pilot program was successful in training oncology nurses to identify meaningful changes in a patient's nutritional status and appropriately refer patients for nutrition intervention, according to a speaker at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Pretreatment call ensures a successful nurse-patient encounter at the first infusion visit

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Patient anxiety was decreased and satisfaction increased by a pretreatment educational telephone call to patients before they begin outpatient chemotherapy, according to a report on a pilot program presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Active voiding protocol benefits patients after urologic/gynecologic surgery

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—An active voiding protocol after urologic/gynecologic surgery led to improvements in patient satisfaction, reduced costs, and allowed for a less time-intensive procedure for nurses, a speaker said at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Minimizing radiation exposure in thyroid cancer care

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Three principles can help nurses minimize radiation exposure levels when caring for patients receiving high-dose ablative therapy for thyroid cancer, according to research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Huddle between inpatient and outpatient units benefits nurses and patients

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A weekly huddle between inpatient and outpatient units not only led to appropriate follow-up care but also increased provider knowledge, improved nurse education, and empowered nurse coordinators.

Trends in cancer care: The power of the e-patient

Trends in cancer care: The power of the e-patient

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Not all e-patients are Internet savvy, but they are engaged, educated, equipped, and enabled to be experts and equal partners in their care.

Pain management in patients with low BP

Pain management in patients with low BP

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When a patient's blood pressure is low, pain medications are often withheld. How is this situation best managed?

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.

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