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I Am A Nurse

At every step of the cancer continuum, oncology nurses are integral to the delivery of quality, patient-centered care. From clinics to clinical trials, from the C-suite to the infusion suite, from navigating patients through treatments to outreach and education, oncology nurses are integral to multidisciplinary, coordinated care. ACCC is pleased to share some select resources for the many roles filled by today's oncology nurses. 

From Oncology Issues

  •  An Inpatient and Outpatient Nursing Collaborative Improves the Patient Experience
    By Christine Shike, RN, BSN
    When SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center found itself unable to quantify performance in inpatient oncology, it saw an opportunity to break down barriers in communication and education between the inpatient and outpatient setting.
  •  Views: The Trauma of Cancer
    By Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD
    I have worked with oncology patients in some capacity for 25 years, but hearing “posttraumatic stress disorder” (PTSD) and “cancer” in the same sentence is a relatively new concept for most.
  •  A Perfect Fit: Mentoring Experienced RNs to Meet Oncology Clinic Demand
    By Lexine Thall, MN, RN-BC, AOCN, and Kristina Chase, BSN, RN, OCN
    The ongoing balancing act of staffing and retention is one of the most challenging issues in healthcare today. In specialty areas such as oncology, staffing presents an even more difficult challenge. Finding qualified individuals with the right experience to fill open positions can be a taxing, time-consuming task.
  •  The Embedded Nurse Navigator Model
    Darcy Burbage, RN, MSN, AOCN, CBCN, and Scott Siegel, PhD
    Find out how Christiana Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center implemented a novel approach to providing survivorship services, embedding a full-time survivorship nurse navigator within the Radiation Oncology Department, helping to empower patients and improve coordination with primary care providers.
  •  A Model Symptom Management Clinic
    Catherine Brady-Copertino, BSN, MS, OCN; Madelaine Binner, MBA, CRNP, DNP; Susanne Tameris; Barry Meisenberg, MD; and Lynn Graze, RN, MSN, OCN
    Research has demonstrated the importance of symptom management and the optimization of the health and comfort of patients undergoing cancer therapy, resulting in improved function and quality of life (QOL).
  •  Oral Chemotherapy: What Your Patients Need to Know
    Elizabeth Bettencourt, RN, MSN, OCN
    Storage, handling, and disposal of oral agents; possible drug-drug and drug-food interactions; dosing requirements, a plan for missed doses, a refill process; and more on what your patients need to know about oral agents.
  •  The NP and CNS: Advanced Practice Nurse Roles
    Susanne Colligon, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, OCN; Esther Muscari Desimini, RN, MSN, BC, APRN; Kimberly E. Gardner, RN, ACNP-BC; Heather A. Hannon, MSN, RN, CBCN; Meg Helsley, MSN, RN, AOCNS; Karen Roesser, RN, MSN, AOCNS; and Tracey Tatum, RN, MS, FNP, AOCNP
    The nurse practitioner (NP) and clinical nurse specialist (CNS) are the advanced practice nurses (APNs) primarily working in the field of oncology.
  •  The Role of the Oral Oncology Nurse Navigator
    Mary K. Anderson, BSN, RN, OCN; Michael J. Reff, RPH, MBA; Rebecca S. McMahon, MHA, BSN, RN, OCN; and Deborah R. Walters, RN, OCN
    While oncology programs and practices must take into account numerous considerations when ramping up their oral chemotherapy services, this article focuses on one unique and very important role to facilitate this transition: the oral oncology nurse navigator.
  •  Normalizing Feelings of Grief & Loss in Oncology Nurses
    Jennifer Collins, MDIV, MS, BCC, and Sandra Tan, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW
    In 2010, the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital started to explore how to best serve the emotional and spiritual needs of its oncology nursing staff.
  •  The Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program
    Sandy Balentine, MSN, RN, OCN, MBA, and Valerie Quigley, BSN, RN, OCN
    Productivity and staffing in an ambulatory oncology infusion center can be challenging. A shortage of skilled applicants to fill staffing needs adds further challenges. Such was the case at The Valley Hospital in northeast New Jersey.