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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164601
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
OUTCOME MEASURES OF AN ONCOLOGY NURSE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Author(s):
Kelly, Sandra; Austria, Mary Jean; Welch, Annette; Childress, Susan
Author Details:
Sandra Kelly, RN, MSN, OCN, Manager of Staff Education, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, email: tskelly110@comcast.net; Mary Jean Austria, RN, BSN, OCN; Annette Welch, RN, MS, OCN; Susan Childress, RN, MN, OCN
Abstract:
Administration/Leadership Development: The Huntsman Cancer Institute is a 60 bed regional referral center for cancer care in the intermountain west. In 2007, under the effects of a nursing shortage, nursing administration was challenged with providing quality oncology nursing care. The immediate solution was to fill the vacancies with nurse travelers and agency nurses. Recruitment and retention was a continual issue resulting in increased financial costs to the hospital. Staffing with temporary nurses, not committed to oncology nursing, affected the ability to provide continuity and quality care. To provide a long term solution, the Huntsman Cancer Institute developed and implemented an Oncology Nurse Internship Program (ONI) as an ONS LDI project. The program officially started in July of 2007. To date, four classes have been completed. Twenty nine nurse interns have graduated. The purpose of the ONI program is to (a) address recruitment and retention and (2) establish a standard of competence of entry level oncology nurses. The ONI program is a 16 week didactic and clinical education program. To ensure course objectives are being met, didactic and clinical evaluations are conducted at specific milestones during the course of the program. The clinical component includes practicum on the medical, surgical, and Bone Marrow Transplant inpatient units, and outpatient clinics. The curriculum is based on the ONS Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing. Nurses successfully completing the internship commit to two years of employment. Twenty months after the start of the program, an evaluation demonstrates positive administrative outcomes. The outcome measures demonstrated (1) the elimination of nurse travelers and long term agency nurses, and (2) the graduates have documented didactic and clinical competence as nurse generalist in the field of oncology. The implications for oncology nursing administration demonstrate (1) the program positively effects oncology nurse recruitment and retention, and (2) a standard level of competence for entry level oncology nurses has been established. Additional benefits from this program have been increased staff satisfaction, and increased involvement on unit clinical practice councils, committees, and projects. The popularity of the program has provided the opportunity for administration to explore the development a resource pool of oncology nurses.
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.titleOUTCOME MEASURES OF AN ONCOLOGY NURSE INTERNSHIP PROGRAMen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Sandraen_US
dc.contributor.authorAustria, Mary Jeanen_US
dc.contributor.authorWelch, Annetteen_US
dc.contributor.authorChildress, Susanen_US
dc.author.detailsSandra Kelly, RN, MSN, OCN, Manager of Staff Education, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, email: tskelly110@comcast.net; Mary Jean Austria, RN, BSN, OCN; Annette Welch, RN, MS, OCN; Susan Childress, RN, MN, OCNen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164601-
dc.description.abstractAdministration/Leadership Development: The Huntsman Cancer Institute is a 60 bed regional referral center for cancer care in the intermountain west. In 2007, under the effects of a nursing shortage, nursing administration was challenged with providing quality oncology nursing care. The immediate solution was to fill the vacancies with nurse travelers and agency nurses. Recruitment and retention was a continual issue resulting in increased financial costs to the hospital. Staffing with temporary nurses, not committed to oncology nursing, affected the ability to provide continuity and quality care. To provide a long term solution, the Huntsman Cancer Institute developed and implemented an Oncology Nurse Internship Program (ONI) as an ONS LDI project. The program officially started in July of 2007. To date, four classes have been completed. Twenty nine nurse interns have graduated. The purpose of the ONI program is to (a) address recruitment and retention and (2) establish a standard of competence of entry level oncology nurses. The ONI program is a 16 week didactic and clinical education program. To ensure course objectives are being met, didactic and clinical evaluations are conducted at specific milestones during the course of the program. The clinical component includes practicum on the medical, surgical, and Bone Marrow Transplant inpatient units, and outpatient clinics. The curriculum is based on the ONS Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing. Nurses successfully completing the internship commit to two years of employment. Twenty months after the start of the program, an evaluation demonstrates positive administrative outcomes. The outcome measures demonstrated (1) the elimination of nurse travelers and long term agency nurses, and (2) the graduates have documented didactic and clinical competence as nurse generalist in the field of oncology. The implications for oncology nursing administration demonstrate (1) the program positively effects oncology nurse recruitment and retention, and (2) a standard level of competence for entry level oncology nurses has been established. Additional benefits from this program have been increased staff satisfaction, and increased involvement on unit clinical practice councils, committees, and projects. The popularity of the program has provided the opportunity for administration to explore the development a resource pool of oncology nurses.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:03:38Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:03:38Z-
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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