ONS Annual Congress 2011

Consistent documentation of toxicity symptoms improves outcomes

Devising a comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR)-generated nursing assessment, including toxicity grading and decision support, provides consistent communication and documentation for management of symptoms in ambulatory oncology. This allows for more effective interventions and improved outcomes, results of a project conducted at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, presented during the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress has found.

Determining an effective route of administration for epinephrine: What is the evidence?

Many adult patients with cancer receive medications that have the potential to cause severe hypersensitivity reactions. Immediate management of a hypersensitivity reaction is critical to a successful patient outcome; however, variations in practice led the Oncology Advanced Practice Nursing Group at The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, to question which route of administration of epinephrine is most effective in treating these reactions, according to a presentation during the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

DIL exercises facilitate successful opening of a new cancer hospital

Merging multiple physician office practices with six inpatient units from 20 different locations and coordinating operational processes of more than 14 departments to open a new 128-bed inpatient cancer hospital with 104 ambulatory treatment spaces requires military precision. And that’s exactly what the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven did to plan for this merger: employ “Day in the Life” (DIL) exercises used by the military said Lisa Truini-Pittman, RN, BSN, MPH, OCN®, CPON®, at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

A call to the “iron police” helps prevent iron overload

Is the patient in danger of iron overload following transfusions of packed red blood cells (RBCs)? If so, we call in the “iron police.” This dedicated team, comprised of a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and a social worker, will help ensure each patient requiring a transfusion is appropriately monitored, said Angela Lambing, MSN, NP-C, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan, during the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

Use of social media increases connectivity among ONS chapter members

The increased use of social media fosters increased connectivity, energy, and enthusiasm among chapter members of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), which will eventually invigorate all nurses in the area. How social media is used as a significant way to connect with oncology nurses not just locally but worldwide was presented at the Onology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

Nurse-initiated changes in patient care model improve care, increase patient and staff satisfaction

Oncology nurses play an essential role in evaluating their patient care delivery model and staffing to ensure the best possible care for their patients. Having the right staff mix and staffing ratios is essential to providing quality patient care, whereas adequate staffing results in a safer environment for patients. The data were presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Conference.

Support for grief and bereavement among nurses in the ambulatory oncology setting

Deaths of patients can result in significant personal stress among nurses that may be reflected in behavior changes and possible burnout. This may be especially true among staff in the ambulatory oncology setting, where patients who are often known for years die in other locations and there is inconsistent notification of these deaths, and no formal opportunities for staff bereavement exist, according to a presentation during the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

Bedside recognition program addresses silent challenges, needs of Armed Services veterans

One in four Americans facing end-of-life has served in the Armed Services of the United States and may have been responsible for traumatic events. Such experiences may harbor unresolved spiritual and/or psychological issues that may interfere with a peaceful end-of-life. Veterans have complex health care needs when facing a terminal illness or end-of-life, including spiritual distress and/or resurgence of PTSD, the presenters pointed out at the Oncology Nursing Society 36th Annual Congress.

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