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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. 

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From Oncology Issues

  • 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.

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