Oncology Nursing Society Congress

 
 
 

The Oncology Nursing Society 34th Annual Congress took place April 30 through May 3, 2009, in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Increasing enrollment in a CLL trial

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Published: 05/11/09

Camille Servodidio, RN
Camille Servodidio, RN

Nurses have identified barriers that hinder optimum patient enrollment in cancer clinical trials and tested strategies that might help researchers overcome these obstacles. Camille Servodidio, RN, of Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, and her colleagues investigated issues with clinical trial enrollment as part of the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), a project aimed at improving cancer research and patient outcomes. [Read Article]

Discussing sexuality with cancer patients

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Published: 05/08/09

Mary Hughes, RN
Mary Hughes, RN

Though cancer patients often experience issues with sexuality, it can be difficult for them to communicate the issues to their healthcare providers. Providers may also find themselves at a loss for the proper way to discuss sexuality with patients. But Mary Hughes, RN, of MD Anderson Cancer Center, said there are ways to overcome that. At the Oncology Nursing Society 34th Annual Congress, Hughes delivered a presentation aimed at helping patients and their providers cross the communication barrier. [Read Article]

Medication calendars don’t reduce errors

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Published: 05/07/09

Nicole Mahr, RN
Nicole Mahr, RN

Utilizing medication calendars does not appear to reduce the incidence of errors in treatment administration, according to a study of stem cell transplant patients at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Though the medication calendars were well-received by staff, they did not have any discernible impact on the rate of medication errors. Nicole Mahr, RN, described the process of implementing the calendars at the Oncology Nursing Society 34th Annual Congress. [Read Article]

Using webcasts to educate clinicians about trials

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Published: 05/06/09

Maureen Haugen, RN
Maureen Haugen, RN

Researchers are testing the feasibility of webcasting as a tool to educate healthcare providers about clinical trial protocols, in the hopes of improving patient outcomes. Maureen Haugen, RN, of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, helped develop a webcast explaining CALGB10403, a clinical trial testing a pediatric protocol in adolescents and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Haugen described the tool at the Oncology Nursing Society 34th Annual Congress. [Read Article]

Implementing electronic documentation systems

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Published: 05/05/09

Jeanene Robison, RN
Jeanene Robison, RN

Though electronic documentation systems are intended to improve the healthcare environment, the transitions involved in implementing these systems can make them seem like more trouble than they are worth. However, oncology nursing staff at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati may have discovered a way to make the transition to electronic documentation a little smoother. Jeanene Robison, RN, presented their program at the Oncology Nursing Society 34th Annual Meeting. [Read Article]

Transfusion patients should not be routinely premedicated

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Published: 05/05/09

Suspended blood bags
Suspended blood bags
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Patients undergoing transfusion should not be routinely premedicated against negative reactions, according to new research. Though acetaminophen and diphenhydramine can prevent transfusion reactions, they can also cause side effects. So clinicians’ opinions about premedicating tend to vary. Diane Llerandi, RN, and her colleagues attempted to determine the best practice and create an evidence-based guideline for medicating prior to transfusion. [Read Article]

Nurse training overlooks psychosocial aspects of patient care

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Published: 05/04/09

Traditional training methods fail to prepare nurses for managing patients’ psychosocial issues, according to a presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society 34th Annual Congress. Patricia McLaughlin, RN, of Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, conducted an extensive review of medical literature and found that a majority of nurses feel ill prepared to help patients manage psychosocial issues. And she said there are a few reasons behind this problem. [Read Article]

Nurses find better predictor for stem cell collection outcomes

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Published: 05/04/09

Margaret Lichvar, RN
Margaret Lichvar, RN

Nurses in Arizona say they have discovered a way to predict the optimal time for stem cell collection, a finding that could greatly reduce the burdens of this process on patients and healthcare providers. At the Oncology Nursing Society 34th Annual Congress, Margaret Lichvar, RN, said collecting stem cells for transplantation can be time-consuming and expensive. And patients often undergo the process 3 to 6 times before an adequate number of cells are collected. [Read Article]

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