ONS Congress 2012

Identifying symptom patterns can predict variations over time in oropharyngeal and laryngeal cancers

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Visual graphical analysis can help predict the way individual patients will experience side effects of treatment over time by identifying patterns.

Bedside handoffs transform nursing shift changes into relationship-based care

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Patient handoffs conducted at bedside support the principles of relationship-based care and benefits both nurses and patients.

Visual graphical analysis helps track symptom clusters in lung cancer survivors

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VGA can help track individual symptom patterns and improve management of symptom clusters in lung cancer patients.

An interdisciplinary collaboration updates clinical practice guidelines for mucositis

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A systematic evaluation of the literature produced updated evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for preventing and treating mucositis.

In patients with an ICP/ICD, multidisciplinary approach with frequent assessments heightens safety during radiation

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An approach focusing on patient education and assessments by a multidisciplinary team improved safety in patients with a pacemaker device.

Psychosocial distress screening program can improve outcomes in cancer patients

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A screening program put together by a multidisciplinary team was effective at measuring and reducing distress among cancer patients.

Double lock EHR storage can effectively protect donor information

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Electronic medical records that employ a "double lock" technique can help free up storage and increase nursing productivity without sacrificing privacy.

Nilotinib superior to imatinib in older patients with CML in chronic phase

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Nilotinib had superior safety and efficacy over imatinib in these patients.

MediPort nurse program increases patient satisfaction

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Drawing blood and administering chemotherapy using a MediPort device eliminates the number of needle sticks and increases patient satisfaction.

Telehealth network can be used to certify nurses in chemotherapy biotherapy

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Nurses living in rural areas can become certified using a telehealth network.

An electronic evidence-based documentation tool can help improve patient outcomes

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Nurses can improve their documentation of care they provide by using an electronic tool.

YouTube channel effectively updates oncology nurses on latest research

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Clinical update videos delivered via YouTube help nurses integrate research evidence into clinical practice.

Training clinical nurse specialists in social media and e-Learning widens reach of educational materials

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A wider variety of cancer patients can be reached when oncology CNSs are trained in using social media and online learning strategies.

P-CAS tool updated for gauging constipation in pediatric cancer patients

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Updates to the scale ensure the questions are more accurate and relevant to pediatric cancer patients.

Nurse-led education with a DVD improves patient understanding of chemotherapy side effects

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Educating patients with a DVD helped assuage their fears about chemotherapy side effects.

Integrative patient navigation programs increase treatment compliance

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At one center, treatment compliance rates increased by 15% with the program.

Training programs can improve nurse communication with patients about care goals

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A training program helped nurses discuss care goals and difficult topics more effectively.

Televideo network effectively broadcasts support to cancer survivors

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A statewide telehealth network can successfully deliver support to cancer survivors living in rural areas.

A creative approach to teaching safe chemotherapy handling techniques delivers the message

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An interactive educational event demonstrated the importance of safe-handling technique of chemotherapy drugs in an approach that bridged generational learning differences.

Specialized training for resiliency and coping mechanisms teaches essential skills for nursing

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Compassion fatigue and burnout are prevalent among nurses, and resiliency training and learning coping strategies are essential parts of nursing knowledge.

Nurses play critical role in preventing DPD complications

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Oncology nurses should focus on anticipating and managing risks for toxicity caused by dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase enzyme deficiency.

Using a discharge nurse streamlines this administrative process and expedites the patient's return to home

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Assigning the responsibility of following up on patients' discharge needs to one charge nurse can expedite the process and avoid unnecessary disruptions in patient care.

Educational DVD about chemotherapy assuages patient fears about treatment

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Used as an education tool prior to therapy, patients felt more in control, experienced less anxiety, and set realistic expectations.

Oncology nursing residency program helped retain new graduate nurses

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Recruitment and retention of new graduate nurses at oncology units increased with a structured, comprehensive training program.

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