The management of CINV, as assessed by adherence to antiemetic guidelines, is often suboptimal. Nurses can play a significant role in reducing the incidence of CINV and improving patient care by evaluating patient risk factors for CINV, improving detection and assessment of CINV, encouraging adherence to guidelines, educating patients regarding treatment options, obtaining feedback from patients regarding antiemetic treatment efficacy, and suggesting changes when appropriate. To do this, oncology nurses should remain up to date on changes in guidelines. In this way, reductions in CINV rates can be made through effective prophylactic treatment, improving health care quality and efficiency. 

Acknowledgment The authors wish to thank Jennifer Steeber, PhD, of MedVal Scientific Information Services, LLC, for providing medical writing and editorial assistance. This study and manuscript were supported by funds provided by Eisai Inc. 

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Una Hopkins is administrative director, White Plains Cancer Center in White Plains, New York; and a member of the speakers’ bureau for Eisai Inc (2009-2014) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (2011-2013). Diana Donovan is a nurse practitioner at Dubin Breast Center, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, New York.


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