ONS Congress 2014

Same-day results increase community use of lung screening service

Same-day results increase community use of lung screening service

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A new lung screening service for persons at high risk for lung cancer with incorporates a same-day visit by a nurse practitioner after the patient undergoes low-dose CT to discuss test results and recommendations.

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.

Acuity tool accurately assesses staffing needs at an ambulatory infusion clinic

Acuity tool accurately assesses staffing needs at an ambulatory infusion clinic

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A pilot program demonstrated that an acuity tool that accounts for more complex ambulatory infusion treatments allows nurses to increase their productivity.

Educational video reduces barriers to early detection of breast cancer

Educational video reduces barriers to early detection of breast cancer

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A documentary film showcasing the stories of local women who survived breast cancer may help educate African American women in breast cancer risks and early treatment.

Orientation class eases patient anxiety at first chemotherapy visit

Orientation class eases patient anxiety at first chemotherapy visit

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Oncology nurses reduce a patient's anxious response to chemo visits through supportive, relationship-based education that provides an overview of chemotherapy.

Aromatherapy reduces anxiety during breast biopsy

Aromatherapy reduces anxiety during breast biopsy

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A study evaluating the effectiveness of aromatherapy as a complementary/alternative modality for reducing anxiety in women undergoing CNB was presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 39th Annual Congress.

Workshop prepares nurses to address sexual concerns of breast cancer survivors

Workshop prepares nurses to address sexual concerns of breast cancer survivors

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Sexual health workshops increased nurse knowledge and confidence, allowing nurses to address sexual concerns of breast cancer survivors.

Nurses should counsel patients on oncofertility issues

Nurses should counsel patients on oncofertility issues

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Cancer patients need to receive timely information and counseling regarding oncofertility issues, and oncology nurses involved in their treatment can play a major role in providing this type of care, according to research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Intra-arterial chemotherapy well tolerated for recurrent glioblastoma

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—For patients with recurrent glioblastoma, carboplatin-based intra-arterial chemotherapy is relatively safe and well-tolerated, with quality of life being maintained or improved during treatment. This study was presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

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.

Detecting patient distress early improves cancer care

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Patients dealing with serious diseases will experience psychosocial distress. A pilot program for early screening patients with breast cancer for distress was described in a presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Efforts needed to support male caregivers of women with breast cancer

Efforts needed to support male caregivers of women with breast cancer

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Ensuring that male caregivers have the necessary support may alleviate the marital distress, depression, and intimacy issues that they experience during diagnosis and treatment of their loved ones with breast cancer, two speakers said at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Needs of caregivers of head and neck cancer patients require recognition

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—After a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, their caregivers also undergo major life changes. The importance of these caregivers should be recognized by nurses in planning care for patients, especially for those with head and neck cancer. This research was presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Gabapentin benefits oropharyngeal cancer patients

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Among oropharyngeal patients receiving radiotherapy, gabapentin improved pain management and reduced weight loss, which potentially prevents the need for placement of a gastrostomy tube, according to a study presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Intervention fidelity essential for clinical trials

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Intervention fidelity is an essential element of randomized, clinical trials. To illustrate this point, one researcher described how intervention fidelity was incorporated into her clinical trial evaluating self-administration of acupressure for persistent cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer.

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.

Patient safety and satisfaction improved with postdischarge call backs

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—A postdischarge phone call to patients 24 to 72 hours after discharge from the acute oncology setting improved patient safety and satisfaction, according to program results 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.

Nurses collaborate to facilitate shared decisions on palliative sedation

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—A multidisciplinary approach that also heavily incorporates input from patients and their families helped alleviate concerns about inappropriate use of palliative sedation and improved patient-centered care, a speaker said at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

More research on end-of-life experiences in pancreatic cancer patients necessary

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Challenges exist in providing end-of-life nursing care for patients with pancreatic cancer, including lack of studies that include nurses, unidentified theories, the difficulties of deciding the end point, and underexplored patient needs, according to new research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Patient self-assessment leads to safer outpatient IVIG infusions

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Patient self-reporting of symptoms led to safer care for patients receiving intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) infusions in an outpatient setting. This research was presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Nurse-led interventions improved dyspnea and fatigue in patients with lung cancer

Nurse-led interventions improved dyspnea and fatigue in patients with lung cancer

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Patients with lung cancer can achieve improved dyspnea and fatigue scores when provided with information and support from a nurse-led symptom management program, according to a study presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Acupuncture effectively improves appetite in patients with GI tract cancer

Acupuncture effectively improves appetite in patients with GI tract cancer

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Appetite was improved in patients with GI cancer who received acupuncture therapy, according to a study presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Triage nurse vital for ambulatory oncology clinic

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A triage nurse is a vital role for a busy outpatient hematology and transplant clinic, according to research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 39th Annual Congress.

Aromatherapy improves work-stress among oncology staff

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An aromatherapy intervention decreased work-stress related to tension, worry, and demands, according to a study.

Speech training improves communication for internationally educated nurses

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An accent modification class for internationally educated nurses improved pronunciation and confidence in speaking to patients and coworkers, according to research.

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.

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