Smoothing the Transition into Practice: A Survival Guide for New Oncology Nurses

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164024
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Smoothing the Transition into Practice: A Survival Guide for New Oncology Nurses
Author(s):
Bush, Amy; Banyas, Rebecca
Author Details:
Amy Bush, RN, OCN, Clinical Nurse II at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, email: amyabush@gmail.com; Rebecca Banyas, RN, Yale-New Haven Hsptl., New Haven, CT
Abstract:
Education: Oncology nursing is a unique practice requiring specific knowledge and competency. New nurses come prepared with knowledge of medical/surgical care, but little knowledge of oncologic care. The complexity of organizational structure with multiple care protocols led us to develop a guide that would assist new nurses to navigate the organizational structure and introduce clinical aspects of oncology nursing. We developed a practical, quick reference guide as a nurse residency program project. As graduate nurses, we believed that a unit specific survival guide would aid new nurses in their transition to autonomous nursing practice more efficiently and effectively. The goal was to develop a unit specific survival guide with concise, relevant and useful information for new oncology nurses. Content was limited to those clinical issues most often encountered on the medical oncology unit. A thirty-one page booklet was compiled including pertinent department phone numbers, instructions regarding emergency protocols, and admission assessment. It comprises care and monitoring protocols for symptom management, oncologic emergencies, neutropenic fever, sickle cell crisis, and readmitted allogeneic transplant patients. Procedural instructions for blood products, central venous access devices, Denver« catheters, and chest tubes are outlined. Guidelines for commonly administered medications are provided. This guide also cites references and refers to more specific instructions in the clinical practice manual. Twelve new nurses, hired between April and September 2008, were surveyed to acquire feedback related to the effectiveness of the survival guide. Results indicated that the survival guide was a useful reference in daily practice. All sections were described as being useful with neutropenia/neutropenic fever, central access devices, and readmitted allogeneic transplant care being most helpful. Nurses receiving the guide prior to orientation, found it beneficial in previewing unit activities. Improvement suggestions included addition of laminated cards with quick reference content. In creating a unit specific survival guide, we have provided new nurses with a valuable tool that will facilitate transition into independent practice. This resource can also be used by existing staff or pool personnel as a quick reference. In the future, the survival guide will be distributed to new nurses prior to their unit orientation with revisions to further streamline content.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSmoothing the Transition into Practice: A Survival Guide for New Oncology Nursesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBush, Amyen_US
dc.contributor.authorBanyas, Rebeccaen_US
dc.author.detailsAmy Bush, RN, OCN, Clinical Nurse II at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, email: amyabush@gmail.com; Rebecca Banyas, RN, Yale-New Haven Hsptl., New Haven, CTen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164024-
dc.description.abstractEducation: Oncology nursing is a unique practice requiring specific knowledge and competency. New nurses come prepared with knowledge of medical/surgical care, but little knowledge of oncologic care. The complexity of organizational structure with multiple care protocols led us to develop a guide that would assist new nurses to navigate the organizational structure and introduce clinical aspects of oncology nursing. We developed a practical, quick reference guide as a nurse residency program project. As graduate nurses, we believed that a unit specific survival guide would aid new nurses in their transition to autonomous nursing practice more efficiently and effectively. The goal was to develop a unit specific survival guide with concise, relevant and useful information for new oncology nurses. Content was limited to those clinical issues most often encountered on the medical oncology unit. A thirty-one page booklet was compiled including pertinent department phone numbers, instructions regarding emergency protocols, and admission assessment. It comprises care and monitoring protocols for symptom management, oncologic emergencies, neutropenic fever, sickle cell crisis, and readmitted allogeneic transplant patients. Procedural instructions for blood products, central venous access devices, Denver« catheters, and chest tubes are outlined. Guidelines for commonly administered medications are provided. This guide also cites references and refers to more specific instructions in the clinical practice manual. Twelve new nurses, hired between April and September 2008, were surveyed to acquire feedback related to the effectiveness of the survival guide. Results indicated that the survival guide was a useful reference in daily practice. All sections were described as being useful with neutropenia/neutropenic fever, central access devices, and readmitted allogeneic transplant care being most helpful. Nurses receiving the guide prior to orientation, found it beneficial in previewing unit activities. Improvement suggestions included addition of laminated cards with quick reference content. In creating a unit specific survival guide, we have provided new nurses with a valuable tool that will facilitate transition into independent practice. This resource can also be used by existing staff or pool personnel as a quick reference. In the future, the survival guide will be distributed to new nurses prior to their unit orientation with revisions to further streamline content.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:03:16Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:03:16Z-
dc.conference.date2009en_US
dc.conference.name34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationSan Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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