Oncology Nursing

Hope, Gratitude, and Spirituality: What They Mean to Cancer Patients

Hope, Gratitude, and Spirituality: What They Mean to Cancer Patients

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A reflection on how these elements affect patients at the time of diagnosis, during their cancer journey, and how it can change their life in survivorship.

Handling Chemotherapy Premedications

Handling Chemotherapy Premedications

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Are there resources that outline if chemo premeds must be mixed in the laminar air flow hood?

Internet Browsing for Cancer Information Emphasizes Visual Appeal Over Accuracy

Internet Browsing for Cancer Information Emphasizes Visual Appeal Over Accuracy

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Information patients find online can be a great concern for oncology nurses, especially when a diagnosis has an uncertain prognosis. In this follow-up study, researchers in Boston sought to determine the quality of the online resources patients with cancer, particularly pancreas, are finding.

Morphine, Oxycodone Package Inserts Most Likely to Have Storage, Disposal Information

Morphine, Oxycodone Package Inserts Most Likely to Have Storage, Disposal Information

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Investigators reviewed 6 opioid analgesics for package information on safe storage and disposal methods.

Survey of ACEP Councilors Reveals NP, PA Staffing Models, Practice Patterns Vary

Survey of ACEP Councilors Reveals NP, PA Staffing Models, Practice Patterns Vary

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Researchers attempted to establish a baseline record of current PA and NP staffing models, practice patterns, and practice scope as the first step to inform future policy recommendations.

Gender Bias in Medicine Has Far-Reaching Consequences

Gender Bias in Medicine Has Far-Reaching Consequences

Exclusion of women from upper echelons of medicine may have real implications for patient care.

Unprotected Sex After Chemotherapy

Unprotected Sex After Chemotherapy

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How long after receiving chemotherapy should patients wait to have unprotected sex?

Specialty, Primary Care Practices Increase Their Numbers of Advanced Practice Clinicians

Specialty, Primary Care Practices Increase Their Numbers of Advanced Practice Clinicians

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In the period from 2008 to 2016, advanced practice clinician employment increased significantly in physician practices.

Coordinating Roles of ONNs, OSWs on Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team

Coordinating Roles of ONNs, OSWs on Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team

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Please clarify the role and responsibilities of oncology nurse navigators (ONNs) vs those of the oncology social workers (OSWs).

New Pharmacy Regulations

New Pharmacy Regulations

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What impact do the new pharmacy regulations (USP) have on nursing staff?

Can a Smartphone App Track Patient Symptoms During Clinical Trials?

Can a Smartphone App Track Patient Symptoms During Clinical Trials?

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Researchers explored the effectiveness of using a smartphone app to monitor adverse effects of patients with cancer undergoing treatment as part of a clinical trial.

Mitomycin Extravasation Protocol

Mitomycin Extravasation Protocol

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What is the protocol for extravasation of Mitomycin C?

Study Links High Travel Burden, Clinical Trial Participation

Study Links High Travel Burden, Clinical Trial Participation

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Travel to appointments can be difficult for patients with cancer. In this study, researchers sought to determine the effect of travel burden on clinical trial participation by household income, race/ethnicity, and clinical trial phase.

Evidence-Based Practices, No CLABSIs Achieved Through Quality Improvement

Evidence-Based Practices, No CLABSIs Achieved Through Quality Improvement

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Faced with an increasing CLABSI rate on their oncology unit, nurse leaders at this rural Northwest hospital surveyed their staff to identify the changes they needed to make. Implementing those changes resulted in a dramatic improvement in patient care outcomes.

Benefits of Early Palliative Care for Cancer Extend Beyond Clinical Care

Benefits of Early Palliative Care for Cancer Extend Beyond Clinical Care

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A meta-analysis shows that earlier initiation of palliative care can effectively change patterns of care for patients with higher illness burden.

Cancer Screening Follow-up: Enabling Timely Diagnosis, Treatment

Cancer Screening Follow-up: Enabling Timely Diagnosis, Treatment

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A review of the literature on follow-up after positive screening results led researchers to a consensus opinion on timing of diagnostic tests for 4 cancers: breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung.

Cancer Survivors May Be More Prone to Polypharmacy

Cancer Survivors May Be More Prone to Polypharmacy

In this study the records of 5,216 cancer survivors and 19,588 non-cancer controls were reviewed for patterns of prescription medication use and polypharmacy.

Too Much Information: When Prognosis Breaks Down Patient Communications

Too Much Information: When Prognosis Breaks Down Patient Communications

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Overwhelmed by her poor prognosis, a patient with a newly diagnosed advanced cancer cuts off communicating with her health care team.

The Bully Problem: Applying 'Do No Harm' to Colleagues and Coworkers

The Bully Problem: Applying 'Do No Harm' to Colleagues and Coworkers

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Bullying is a sadly common workplace problem experienced by nurses, nursing students, and other medical trainees.

Challenges for Young Adult Couples Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

Challenges for Young Adult Couples Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis can alter life plans for a young adult couple, completely upending their carefully thought out plans. Understanding their unique challenges can ensure oncology nurses are prepared to help these patients and their partners face an uncertain future.

Pivot Nurse Improves Patients' Navigation Through Lung Cancer Care

Pivot Nurse Improves Patients' Navigation Through Lung Cancer Care

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Researchers in Montreal presented results of a study on the effects of using a pivot nurse in oncology (PNO) on continuity of care, outcomes, and quality of life for patients with lung cancer at the 2018 European Lung Cancer Congress.

Nursing Students Not Always Correctly Identifying Some Patient Care Needs

Nursing Students Not Always Correctly Identifying Some Patient Care Needs

Students better at identifying physical care needs, less so psychosocial, relational needs.

Olanzapine Use to Prevent Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Olanzapine Use to Prevent Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

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Why is the antipsychotic olanzapine (Zyprexa) being used to prevent nausea?

Determining Clinical Trial Eligibility

Determining Clinical Trial Eligibility

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How is clinical trial eligibility determined?

Letter-Writing Project Communicates Care Wishes to Healthcare Team, Family

Letter-Writing Project Communicates Care Wishes to Healthcare Team, Family

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What matters most to me, who matters most to me, and what do I want in my last days? Letter-writing project is a tool for patients to communicate their wishes for their last days.

Medical Terms in Patient Education: Using the Confusing to Explain the Complicated

Medical Terms in Patient Education: Using the Confusing to Explain the Complicated

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Medical terminology can be a foreign language — or confusing, at the least — for many patients. Ann Brady uses a patient encounter to illustrate the potential miscommunication inherent in using "medicalese" in patient communication.

Bedside Assessment Tool Improves Worst Pain in Patients With Cancer

Bedside Assessment Tool Improves Worst Pain in Patients With Cancer

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In a 2-arm parallel group study, researchers determined the effect of implementing EPAT on pain, pain management, and opioid-related adverse effects among patients with cancer in 19 cancer centers.

A Witness to Letting Go: Nursing Care at the End of Life

A Witness to Letting Go: Nursing Care at the End of Life

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A new oncology nurse reflects on the first time she provided comfort care for a patient at the end of life and her family.

CHEMO-SUPPORT: A Nursing Intervention to Relieve Chemotherapy Symptom Burden

CHEMO-SUPPORT: A Nursing Intervention to Relieve Chemotherapy Symptom Burden

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Results of a mixed-method study that used a combination of self-report tools evaluated the efficacy of CHEMO-SUPPORT, a patient support program designed to help patients manage their chemotherapy-related symptoms at home.

Advances in Prevention, Treatment of RT-Associated Radiodermatitis Hold Promise

Advances in Prevention, Treatment of RT-Associated Radiodermatitis Hold Promise

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This review of radiodermatitis, a common adverse effect of radiation therapy, discusses preventive and treatment options available that reduce and/or minimize symptoms of the condition.

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