THE CREATION OF A CAREGIVER'S CLASS: PROVIDING CAREGIVERS WITH THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO SUCCESSFULLY CARE FOR BMT/PSCT PATIENTS AFTER DISCHARGE

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164765
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
THE CREATION OF A CAREGIVER'S CLASS: PROVIDING CAREGIVERS WITH THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO SUCCESSFULLY CARE FOR BMT/PSCT PATIENTS AFTER DISCHARGE
Author(s):
Lyon, Julia; Lichvar, Peggy; Ostrand, Ellen
Author Details:
Julia Lyon RN, OCN, Clinical Consent Nurse, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center/City of Hope, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, email: chefrn1@yahoo.com; Peggy Lichvar, RN; Ellen Ostrand, RD, CSO
Abstract:
Education: Caregivers expressed feelings of unpreparedness and fear when patients were discharged home. Discharge teaching was inconsistent from one family to another, and caregivers were overwhelmed trying to remember all the information and anticipate how they would perform. Patients also needed to feel safe and secure when going home with caregivers to ensure good outcomes. The caregiver role is an extremely important responsibility and plays a key function in a patientÆs recovery following BMT/PSCT. This task can be physically and emotionally demanding causing ambivalent feelings of eagerness along with fear and anxiety. Our program envisioned a structured class taught from a user-friendly manual by BMT nurses and dietitians to provide detailed, essential and consistent information. These tools could better prepare caregivers to successfully perform their roles. A class for caregivers only, specific to autologous or allogeneic transplants and available in Spanish, was developed to meet the identified needs. A comprehensive notebook of ready-reference topic sheets was prepared to address a wide range of concerns such as preparing the home for the patient's return, infection control procedures, managing side effects and medications, bleeding precautions, sexuality, fatigue, indications for immediate medical attention, and nutritional guidelines. Physicians, practitioners, outpatient nurses, case managers, social workers and dietitians provided input. The expectation was that every patient would have a caregiver/s attend the class. The comprehensive manual allows nurses and dietitians to teach caregivers in a consistent method with defined information. Caregivers have a forum for asking questions and voicing their concerns without patients present. They frequently offer friendly support to one another. The expectation that every patient will have a caregiver/s attend the class has been met. The evaluation forms completed by the caregivers reflect their feelings of being better prepared for their role, as well as fostering a sense of support and connection with our BMT staff. By focusing on caregiver needs, we have created a consistent and satisfying approach to preparing patients and caregivers for their return home after transplantation. This class provides safe and supportive tools for caregivers which may have application for use by nurses in other BMT programs.
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.titleTHE CREATION OF A CAREGIVER'S CLASS: PROVIDING CAREGIVERS WITH THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO SUCCESSFULLY CARE FOR BMT/PSCT PATIENTS AFTER DISCHARGEen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLyon, Juliaen_US
dc.contributor.authorLichvar, Peggyen_US
dc.contributor.authorOstrand, Ellenen_US
dc.author.detailsJulia Lyon RN, OCN, Clinical Consent Nurse, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center/City of Hope, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, email: chefrn1@yahoo.com; Peggy Lichvar, RN; Ellen Ostrand, RD, CSOen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164765-
dc.description.abstractEducation: Caregivers expressed feelings of unpreparedness and fear when patients were discharged home. Discharge teaching was inconsistent from one family to another, and caregivers were overwhelmed trying to remember all the information and anticipate how they would perform. Patients also needed to feel safe and secure when going home with caregivers to ensure good outcomes. The caregiver role is an extremely important responsibility and plays a key function in a patientÆs recovery following BMT/PSCT. This task can be physically and emotionally demanding causing ambivalent feelings of eagerness along with fear and anxiety. Our program envisioned a structured class taught from a user-friendly manual by BMT nurses and dietitians to provide detailed, essential and consistent information. These tools could better prepare caregivers to successfully perform their roles. A class for caregivers only, specific to autologous or allogeneic transplants and available in Spanish, was developed to meet the identified needs. A comprehensive notebook of ready-reference topic sheets was prepared to address a wide range of concerns such as preparing the home for the patient's return, infection control procedures, managing side effects and medications, bleeding precautions, sexuality, fatigue, indications for immediate medical attention, and nutritional guidelines. Physicians, practitioners, outpatient nurses, case managers, social workers and dietitians provided input. The expectation was that every patient would have a caregiver/s attend the class. The comprehensive manual allows nurses and dietitians to teach caregivers in a consistent method with defined information. Caregivers have a forum for asking questions and voicing their concerns without patients present. They frequently offer friendly support to one another. The expectation that every patient will have a caregiver/s attend the class has been met. The evaluation forms completed by the caregivers reflect their feelings of being better prepared for their role, as well as fostering a sense of support and connection with our BMT staff. By focusing on caregiver needs, we have created a consistent and satisfying approach to preparing patients and caregivers for their return home after transplantation. This class provides safe and supportive tools for caregivers which may have application for use by nurses in other BMT programs.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:06:35Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:06:35Z-
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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