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Evolving your practice and refining your education is part of being a great oncology nurse. Through continuing education opportunities, our members are always pushing themselves to provide better care for their patients.
Mistakes happen. Unfortunately, there’s no avoiding it, no one is above it, and I'm sure we can all think of a time that we made a mistake in our nursing practice. The events following a mistake in patient care can be chaotic and emotional. But after the dust settles, what’s most important is learning how to avoid the same mistakes from occurring again, and doing all you can to prevent your fellow nurses from making mistakes in a similar situation. Think of it as primary prevention.
When we think of a culture of safety, we often think of a patient’s physical needs. In the process of performing our everyday tasks, a patient’s psychosocial needs can often be overlooked. While prioritizing physical elements of safety is critical to our patient’s wellbeing, it’s also important to remember to view healthcare in a multidisciplinary approach. As something where all patient concerns are addressed to the best of our ability.
Fatigue often impacts a patient’s quality of life, and it’s common to experience it during cancer. Up to one-third of patients with cancer experience fatigue for years following their treatment. Cancer impacts nearly 14.5 million people a year and is expected to affect almost 19 million by 2024. Patients are not alone in their fight against cancer or the accompanying fatigue. Continue reading to learn ways you can help your patients overcome this debilitating symptom.
Have you ever made a mistake in nursing? Well, I have and want to share my experience, feelings, and outcome. When this happened, all that I kept thinking was, “Did I harm my patient?” Maybe that sounds familiar to you. I think we can all say that we went into nursing to help others, not harm them.

Cancer survivorship is filled with many challenges, hopes, and expectations. June 5 marks National Survivorship Day, and survivorship is being celebrated throughout the month. Survivors are often not sure where they're going once their cancer journey commences. In my practice, I care for people with a genetic risk for cancer, and I work with survivors on a regular basis.

“Would you look at what I just discovered”, my coworker exclaimed. “ONS is offering a free trial of continuing education credits (CE) matching the Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) program requirements.” This was a welcome discovery given the challenges she'd faced when working toward renewal of her OCN. Here is her story.

When President Obama announced the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative during his State of the Union address in January 2016, he set lofty goals for oncology professionals. One of those goals called for increased access to and participation in clinical trials. Clinical trial data are integral in getting cutting-edge treatments to market, where they can help improve cancer care. However, many patients aren’t fully educated about the efficacy of these new forms of treatment and what these trials entail.

Cancer prehabilitation is a whole-person approach to quality cancer care. Along with potential physical gains, patients who participate in cancer prehabilitation (interventions started prior to cancer therapies) may also benefit emotionally and socially. The Case of the Deconditioned Patient focused on the physical benefits Frank experienced as a result of attending prehabilitation before he had surgery for lung cancer. Frank’s psychological gains were no less impressive.

I was more than a bit nervous to make the call. After all, she was a biology professor and knew more about life on a cellular level than I could possibly fathom. She had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. And I was calling to educate her?


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