Oncology Nursing

Sitting With Silence in End-of-Life Cancer Care

Sitting With Silence in End-of-Life Cancer Care

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Modern oncologic care entails actively pursuing treatment and cure; however, at the end of life, the ability to share silence may be the best treatment.

As Patients, Nurses Rate Their Care Satisfaction as Moderate

As Patients, Nurses Rate Their Care Satisfaction as Moderate

Study findings indicate that nurses have lower ratings of satisfaction with care than those given by the general public.

US Pharmacopeia Revises Chapter on Handling Hazardous Drugs

US Pharmacopeia Revises Chapter on Handling Hazardous Drugs

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What is the USP and what do I need to know about it as an oncology nurse?

LISTEN Combats the Loneliness of Facing Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

LISTEN Combats the Loneliness of Facing Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

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LISTEN, a novel program developed at WVU School of Medicine, is designed to tackle loneliness — a significant health concern for patients with cancer.

Specialized Pediatric Palliative Care Reduces High-Intensity Care at End of Life

Specialized Pediatric Palliative Care Reduces High-Intensity Care at End of Life

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A retrospective study of data from POGONIS evaluated the effectiveness of specialized pediatric palliative care vs general palliative care or no palliative care in pediatric patients with cancer at the end of life.

When There Are No Words: Interpreting Patients' and Families' Subtle Messages

When There Are No Words: Interpreting Patients' and Families' Subtle Messages

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Although many physical expressions are universal, oncology nurses may be challenged to catch notice of more subtle body language from patients or a family member.

Identifying the Psychosocial Needs of Young Adults With Metastatic Cancer

Identifying the Psychosocial Needs of Young Adults With Metastatic Cancer

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A cancer diagnosis is wrought with challenges for young adults. This article identifies the unique support needs for patients aged 20 to 39 years with cancer.

Patient Satisfaction Ratings Can Be Negatively Impacted by Nurse Staffing Ratio

Patient Satisfaction Ratings Can Be Negatively Impacted by Nurse Staffing Ratio

Perceptions of missed care are tied to higher patient-to-nurse ratios in England's hospitals, research indicates.

Nurses Must Be Experienced, Feel Competent When Providing End-of-Life Care

Nurses Must Be Experienced, Feel Competent When Providing End-of-Life Care

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An analysis of select responses to a survey conducted by researchers from the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University identified oncology nurses' comfort level in handling end-of-life care and patient education.

Looking Within: Cultural Humility in Healthcare Settings

Looking Within: Cultural Humility in Healthcare Settings

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Cultural humility is a different perspective on nurse-patient communication than cultural competence. Eucharia Borden, an oncology social worker, explains their difference and how it can improve your care for patients of minority cultures.

Bacteria in Probiotics Carry Potential Risks for Immunocompromised Patients

Bacteria in Probiotics Carry Potential Risks for Immunocompromised Patients

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Should patients receiving chemotherapy take probiotics?

Incorporating Cardiac Care in the Oncology Setting

Incorporating Cardiac Care in the Oncology Setting

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Cardio-oncology is an emerging interdisciplinary practice poised to address care patients who need concurrent cancer and cardiovascular disease therapies as well as the late effects of cancer and cancer treatments.

ASHP and Partners Urge Congress to Action on Drug Shortages

ASHP and Partners Urge Congress to Action on Drug Shortages

Groups urge Congress to take immediate action, provide transparency, and improve drug manufacturing.

EMBRACE at Dana-Farber Improves Care in Metastatic Breast Cancer

EMBRACE at Dana-Farber Improves Care in Metastatic Breast Cancer

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A team from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute describe EMBRACE, their comprehensive care program for patients with metastatic breast cancer at SABCS 2017.

Bundling Interventions Bridges Gender Gap in AYA Cancer Fertility Discussions

Bundling Interventions Bridges Gender Gap in AYA Cancer Fertility Discussions

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In this companion piece to our November column, we discuss the unique challenges to preserving the fertility of female patients with cancer and current options.

The Role of the Oncology Nurse in an Effective Palliative Care Family Meeting

The Role of the Oncology Nurse in an Effective Palliative Care Family Meeting

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A palliative care family meeting is an opportunity for the significant players in a patient's cancer journey to discuss the care plan. The oncology nurse has a pivotal role in ensuring the meeting effectively addresses any potential needs of the patient, caregiver, or family.

Online Learning Modules Improve Exercise Counseling, But Not Participation

Online Learning Modules Improve Exercise Counseling, But Not Participation

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Researchers evaluated the effectiveness of online learning modules on physical activity counseling for oncology nurses. Although the modules improved nurses' counseling practices, they did not resolve the issue of physical activity in survivors.

Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

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Increasing survival rates for AYA patients with cancer have heightened the importance of discussing fertility preservation options. In this column, we review the options for male patients and the significance of including a discussion of them as part of treatment planning.

What SUPPORT Can Do for Families Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

What SUPPORT Can Do for Families Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

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As the holidays approach, offering these SUPPORT tips can help caregivers of patients with cancer make the most of the seasonal activities and the time with their loved ones.

Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factors: Use, Administration, Adverse Effects

Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factors: Use, Administration, Adverse Effects

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A review of granulocyte colony-stimulating factors, dosage and administration, adverse effects, and nurse management steps is presented.

Critical Thinking Key to Effective Management of Adverse Effects in Lymphoma

Critical Thinking Key to Effective Management of Adverse Effects in Lymphoma

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Nurses' critical thinking perspective is key to recognizing and managing adverse effects in patients with lymphoma, and staying ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing clinical setting.

Anxiety Levels High in Diagnosis, Treatment Planning Phases of Cancer Journey

Anxiety Levels High in Diagnosis, Treatment Planning Phases of Cancer Journey

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Questionnaires completed before and after a clinic visit revealed the potential anxiety of patients during the diagnosis and treatment planning phases of their cancer journey.

Using Nutrition-Based Strategies to Manage Adverse Effects of Cancer

Using Nutrition-Based Strategies to Manage Adverse Effects of Cancer

Patients and caregivers are sure to ask for tips and advice on nutrition practices that can improve their cancer journey. This articles reviews recommendations for nurses and patients.

Number of Nurses With Baccalaureate Degrees on the Rise

Number of Nurses With Baccalaureate Degrees on the Rise

By 2020, roughly 64 percent of nurses working in a hospital unit are expected to have a BSN degree.

New Class of Clinical Trial Enhances Research on Cancer Care Delivery

New Class of Clinical Trial Enhances Research on Cancer Care Delivery

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What is a CCDR clinical trial and how does it differ from clinical trials that test new drugs?

Nurse Survey Identifies Adverse Events Related to Handling Chemotherapy

Nurse Survey Identifies Adverse Events Related to Handling Chemotherapy

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Using a 4-question survey, investigators determined oncology nurses' perception of their risks in handling and administering cytotoxic chemotherapy to patients.

You Don't Say: Knowing When to Just Listen to Patients, Families Trying to Cope

You Don't Say: Knowing When to Just Listen to Patients, Families Trying to Cope

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When patients and families are holding on to what you don't say, they may use combativeness and being argumentative to keep you — and your words — from bringing them to accept the unacceptable.

Early Recognition of Checkpoint Inhibitor-Related Pneumonitis Improves Outcomes

Early Recognition of Checkpoint Inhibitor-Related Pneumonitis Improves Outcomes

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As the use of checkpoint inhibitors increases in many types of cancer, oncology nurses need to learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of pneumonitis, a rare but life-threatening adverse effect of these agents.

Digital Recording in Skills Lab Beneficial for Nursing Students

Digital Recording in Skills Lab Beneficial for Nursing Students

The use of digital recording may aid in the transition from theory-based learning to practice.

Bullying Common to Nursing Students

Bullying Common to Nursing Students

Interviews with undergraduate nursing students revealed that many report bullying in both clinical and academic settings.

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