Nursing: Oncology Nursing, 4th Edition

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About the Course

This course presents content for nurses caring for patients with cancer in any setting and provides updated information for certification preparation. The course will empower nurses to optimize patient outcomes, by incorporating into their practice, a solid foundation in their approach to care of patients with cancer. Further specialization in the many aspects of oncology nursing care can also follow this overview. 

The program content has been reviewed by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) and is acceptable for recertification points.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe cancer trends in the United States and worldwide based on epidemiologic statistics.
  • Describe risk factors for cancer development and prevention and screening methods.
  • Discuss methods used to diagnose the presence of malignancy, including imaging tests and biopsies, and staging the tumor based on the extent of disease in the body.
  • Discuss cancer treatment modalities, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and selected targeted and immunologic therapies.
  • Differentiate complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies and their role in the support of cancer patients during their treatments and in their overall well-being.
  • Describe ethical considerations important to conducting clinical research with human subjects and the phases and the role of the nurse in clinical trials.
  • Recognize the most common side effects associated with cancer treatment, signs and symptoms of oncologic emergencies, and appropriate nursing interventions.
  • Describe epidemiologic trends, risk factors, symptoms, detection and treatment methods, and nursing care of solid tumors, including those involving the lung, breast, colon and rectum, prostate, pancreas, esophagus, uterus, and brain, and of skin cancer.
  • Describe epidemiologic trends relating to lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia; diagnosis and treatment methods; and nursing care for these hematologic malignancies.
  • Identify psychosocial stressors and coping and support strategies for patients with cancer and their caregivers, including issues affecting older patients, multicultural populations, and those with differing sexual orientation.
  • Discuss important aspects of survivorship care, palliative care, the hospice model, pain management, and quality-of-life and end-of-life issues.
  • Identify selected professional issues, including the importance of promoting quality care, patient safety, and performance improvement strategies and the use of technologies and innovations that influence the way healthcare information is being gathered and exchanged. 

About the Authors:
  • Marcelle Kaplan, MS, RN, CNS, is an oncology nursing consultant and a 15-year member of the Cancer Institutional Review Board of the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Ms. Kaplan has written chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 17 of this course.
  • Karen Conley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is the senior director for clinical services at Kyruus, Inc.  She is a clinically trained oncology nurse and has served as a nurse executive for 29 years, including Chief Nursing Officer at two organizations before moving into the healthcare software industry.  Dr. Conley has written chapters 11, 18, 20, and 23 of this course.
  • Diane G. Cope, PhD, ARNP, BC, AOCNP, is the Director of Nursing at the Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute in Fort Myers, FL. She has been an oncology nurse for 30+ years.  Dr. Cope has written chapters 7, 13, and 16 of this course. 
  • Catherine Glennon, RN, MHS, NE-BC, OCN, is the director of patient and community education at the University of Kansas Hospital Cancer Center, Kansas City, MO and adjunct faculty at the University of Kansas, School of Nursing.  Ms. Glennon has written chapters 19, 21, and 22 of this course.
  • Suzanne M. Mahon, RN, DNSc, AOCN, AGN-BC, is a clinical nurse specialist with expertise in cancer risk assessment, hereditary cancer syndromes, cancer prevention, and early detection. Ms. Mahon is a clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Cellular Therapy, at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Ms. Mahon has written chapter 12 of this course.
  • Tina M. Mason, MSN, APRN, AOCN, AOCNS, is a nurse researcher at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL and was previously an oncology clinical nurse specialist for nearly 20 years. Ms. Mason has written chapters 5 and 12 in this course. 
  • Anna Liza Rodriguez, MHA, MSN, RN, OCN, is the associate nursing officer at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, TN and has 15+ years of oncology experience and also successfully leads cancer programs in achieving accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Ms. Rodriguez has written chapter 10 of this course.

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