Oncology Nursing

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.

Five Twitter Feeds Every Oncology Nurse Should Follow

Twitter is a great way for oncology professionals to interact with their peers and patients, and ONA has recommendations for some feeds you should be following.

Importance of sequence in chemotherapy administration

Importance of sequence in chemotherapy administration

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Is sequencing important when administering chemotherapy on the same day?

Using guideline adherence to manage CINV effectively

Using guideline adherence to manage CINV effectively

Guidelines for managing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting direct management toward risk assessment and prophylactic antiemetics.

Partnership works to bring more nurses into the workforce

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A new agreement between The University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will smooth the way for qualified students to enter nursing school.

ONA Interview: Educating men about prostate cancer

ONA Interview: Educating men about prostate cancer

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Oncology Nurse Advisor talks to Peter Goldbach, MD, chief medical officer of Health Dialog, about encouraging men to be more informed participants in their health care decisions.

American Nurses Association (ANA) breakthrough statement struggles over hours worked

American Nurses Association (ANA) breakthrough statement struggles over hours worked

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The American Nurses Association's impending position statement on nurse fatigue may focus on total number of hours worked, not just length of shift.

Study validates effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs for nurses

Study validates effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs for nurses

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Mindfulness-based stress reduction programs can be incorporated into daily nursing practice routines to help oncology nurses de-stress.

Out of Africa: Lessons on being a nurse

Out of Africa: Lessons on being a nurse

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After participating in a mission trip, an oncology nurse realizes she got more out of her African adventure than she gave to the children of the small village outside Nairobi, Kenya.

Navigating nonclinical patient care: A review of chaplaincy

Navigating nonclinical patient care: A review of chaplaincy

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A novel study examines perceptions of the role of the hospital chaplain. What do they do? When should they be called in?

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.

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