THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING EDUCATION TO INPATIENT MEDICAL ONCOLOGY NURSES CARING FOR PATIENTS WITH SEALED AND UNSEALED RADIATION SOURCES

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164711
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING EDUCATION TO INPATIENT MEDICAL ONCOLOGY NURSES CARING FOR PATIENTS WITH SEALED AND UNSEALED RADIATION SOURCES
Author(s):
Graff, Jennifer
Author Details:
Jennifer Graff, RN BSN OCN CHPN, Clinical Coordinator, The Thomas Johns Cancer Center, Richmond, Virginia, USA, email: jennifer.graff@hcahealthcare.com
Abstract:
Approximately 50% of oncology patients will receive radiation as a component in their treatment. This includes either external beam or brachytherapy with a sealed or unsealed radiation source. Knowledge of radiation safety precautions are of utmost importance for the oncology nurse caring for a patient with an internal source. The purpose of this program was to increase awareness of radiation, radiation sources, types of cancer treated with internal radioactive sources, and safety precautions for the nursing staff caring for this patient population. Education on radiation safety was provided to the inpatient medical oncology nurses, with a pre and post test method utilized to evaluate knowledge, as well as an emotional assessment utilizing a Likert-type scale. The cognitive component of the test included multiple choice questions, a number of which were taken from the ONS Radiation Oncology Manual. The emotional component assessed the participantÆs feelings on their ability to care for patients receiving internal radiation sources, the ability to explain radiation safety precautions, and maintaining safety from exposure. This program was taught by an interdisciplinary team, including a dosemetrist, a radiology technologist, oncology clinical nurse specialist, and oncology certified nurse. In the cognitive test, the mean score from the pre-test to the post- test (after the educational intervention) rose almost 20%. Equally as important, nurses rated their comfort level with caring for these patients much higher as well as their ability to provide education to patients and other staff members as well. The emotional component also showed an improvement in the level of safety staff felt regarding the risk of radiation exposure following the education program. Radiation safety is of paramount significance to nurses caring for patients receiving internal radioactive sources. Ensuring that the nursing staff is well educated and very comfortable with this patient population is vital. Therefore, just as recertification for all nurses who administer chemotherapy occurs yearly as most institutions, renewal of radiation safety knowledge should also occur. This will serve to not only update the staffÆs knowledge, but also to increase their comfort level with radiation safety measures.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTHE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING EDUCATION TO INPATIENT MEDICAL ONCOLOGY NURSES CARING FOR PATIENTS WITH SEALED AND UNSEALED RADIATION SOURCESen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGraff, Jenniferen_US
dc.author.detailsJennifer Graff, RN BSN OCN CHPN, Clinical Coordinator, The Thomas Johns Cancer Center, Richmond, Virginia, USA, email: jennifer.graff@hcahealthcare.comen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164711-
dc.description.abstractApproximately 50% of oncology patients will receive radiation as a component in their treatment. This includes either external beam or brachytherapy with a sealed or unsealed radiation source. Knowledge of radiation safety precautions are of utmost importance for the oncology nurse caring for a patient with an internal source. The purpose of this program was to increase awareness of radiation, radiation sources, types of cancer treated with internal radioactive sources, and safety precautions for the nursing staff caring for this patient population. Education on radiation safety was provided to the inpatient medical oncology nurses, with a pre and post test method utilized to evaluate knowledge, as well as an emotional assessment utilizing a Likert-type scale. The cognitive component of the test included multiple choice questions, a number of which were taken from the ONS Radiation Oncology Manual. The emotional component assessed the participantÆs feelings on their ability to care for patients receiving internal radiation sources, the ability to explain radiation safety precautions, and maintaining safety from exposure. This program was taught by an interdisciplinary team, including a dosemetrist, a radiology technologist, oncology clinical nurse specialist, and oncology certified nurse. In the cognitive test, the mean score from the pre-test to the post- test (after the educational intervention) rose almost 20%. Equally as important, nurses rated their comfort level with caring for these patients much higher as well as their ability to provide education to patients and other staff members as well. The emotional component also showed an improvement in the level of safety staff felt regarding the risk of radiation exposure following the education program. Radiation safety is of paramount significance to nurses caring for patients receiving internal radioactive sources. Ensuring that the nursing staff is well educated and very comfortable with this patient population is vital. Therefore, just as recertification for all nurses who administer chemotherapy occurs yearly as most institutions, renewal of radiation safety knowledge should also occur. This will serve to not only update the staffÆs knowledge, but also to increase their comfort level with radiation safety measures.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:05:35Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:05:35Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, 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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