Begin Within: Successful Strategies for Educating Oncology Nurses in End-of-Life Care

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164595
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Begin Within: Successful Strategies for Educating Oncology Nurses in End-of-Life Care
Author(s):
Ferrall, Sheila; Marsee, Vicki
Author Details:
Sheila Ferrall, RN, MS, AOCN, Director of Professional Nursing at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, USA, email: Sheila.Ferrall@moffitt.org; Vicki Marsee, RN, MBA, NEA-BC
Abstract:
Education: Despite strides that have been made in cancer treatment, during 2008 more than 500,000 Americans succumbed to their disease. While studies indicate most patients would prefer to die at home, the majority die in health care institutions. Oncology nurses are positioned to profoundly impact the quality of care provided to dying patients and their families, however, education in this arena is lacking. With cost-containment a focus in many healthcare settings, implementation of a wide-spread continuing education program for nurses can be challenging. The purpose of this project is to describe a comprehensive program utilizing existing resources; implemented to educate oncology nurses about caring for patients at the end-of-life. Several nurses at our institution attended an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Train-the-Trainer Program or other ELNEC seminar. Equipped with strategies to educate about end-of-life care, the group planned a program to meet the specific needs of our oncology nurses. Content was initially provided in 8 modules during a full-day program. Experienced nurses or those who attended an ELNEC course presented each module. A clinical nurse specialist served as course coordinator. Each speaker assumed responsibility for the seamless transition from one presenter to the next allowing us to forgo the expense of a proctor. To facilitate discussion and sharing experiences, class size was limited to 16 participants. Participants evaluated the program and modifications were made based upon their input. During the two years the program has been offered, 205 nurses have participated. Additionally, 16 experts have rotated to present content. Response has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees rating the program 4.5 overall on a 5 point Likert scale. Each month participants commented on their appreciation of the interactive exchange format and emphasized the importance of dialogue with their peers. Programs are scheduled throughout 2009 with an assessment for the need of an advanced topics program planned. Through utilization of existing resources (sharing teaching responsibilities) and a commitment to improve care for patients at the end-of-life, we have been able to implement a program that our nurses value and appreciate. Others may use this divide and- conquer approach to implement similar initiatives at their institutions.
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.titleBegin Within: Successful Strategies for Educating Oncology Nurses in End-of-Life Careen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFerrall, Sheilaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMarsee, Vickien_US
dc.author.detailsSheila Ferrall, RN, MS, AOCN, Director of Professional Nursing at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, USA, email: Sheila.Ferrall@moffitt.org; Vicki Marsee, RN, MBA, NEA-BCen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164595-
dc.description.abstractEducation: Despite strides that have been made in cancer treatment, during 2008 more than 500,000 Americans succumbed to their disease. While studies indicate most patients would prefer to die at home, the majority die in health care institutions. Oncology nurses are positioned to profoundly impact the quality of care provided to dying patients and their families, however, education in this arena is lacking. With cost-containment a focus in many healthcare settings, implementation of a wide-spread continuing education program for nurses can be challenging. The purpose of this project is to describe a comprehensive program utilizing existing resources; implemented to educate oncology nurses about caring for patients at the end-of-life. Several nurses at our institution attended an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Train-the-Trainer Program or other ELNEC seminar. Equipped with strategies to educate about end-of-life care, the group planned a program to meet the specific needs of our oncology nurses. Content was initially provided in 8 modules during a full-day program. Experienced nurses or those who attended an ELNEC course presented each module. A clinical nurse specialist served as course coordinator. Each speaker assumed responsibility for the seamless transition from one presenter to the next allowing us to forgo the expense of a proctor. To facilitate discussion and sharing experiences, class size was limited to 16 participants. Participants evaluated the program and modifications were made based upon their input. During the two years the program has been offered, 205 nurses have participated. Additionally, 16 experts have rotated to present content. Response has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees rating the program 4.5 overall on a 5 point Likert scale. Each month participants commented on their appreciation of the interactive exchange format and emphasized the importance of dialogue with their peers. Programs are scheduled throughout 2009 with an assessment for the need of an advanced topics program planned. Through utilization of existing resources (sharing teaching responsibilities) and a commitment to improve care for patients at the end-of-life, we have been able to implement a program that our nurses value and appreciate. Others may use this divide and- conquer approach to implement similar initiatives at their institutions.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:03:31Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:03:31Z-
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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