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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164807
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Nursing Specialization in Radiation Oncology
Author(s):
Sixta, Jeanne; Haas, Marilyn
Author Details:
Jeanne Sixta, RN, BSN, OCN, Radiation Oncology Research Nurse, Northern Illinois Institute for Neutron Therapy at Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois, USA, email: jsixta@niu.edu; Marilyn Haas, PhD, ANP, Mountain Radiation Oncology, Ashville, North Carolina
Abstract:
Education: The field of radiation oncology (RO) is changing rapidly because of advancing technology in computer software and equipment. While the underlying principles of radiobiology have not changed, different RO modalities are giving patients different treatment options. RO nurses are finding themselves subspecializing in RO modalities. RO nursing roles are developing in areas such as proton beam clinics and stereotactic radiosurgery departments. The purpose of this poster is to explore the emerging RO nursing roles and responsibilities within these specialized areas. RO nurses have significant freedom in determining priorities and work methods. Besides providing direct patient care, these nurses interface with managed care and other insurance companies, subspeciality offices (pulmonlogists, thoracic surgeons, neurosurgeons, general surgeons), operating personnel and other members of the healthcare team. Most importantly, nurses in specialized areas need to be able to educate inquiring oncology patients and their families on the purpose and processes of these various treatment options. At present, there is no practical method of identifying RO nurses roles in these specialty areas except by networking. From those who could be identified, RO nursing job descriptions were collected and reviewed. Essential job functions are similar to other RO nurses who participate in external beam irradiation: assesses, evaluates, and intervenes in care of patients in treatment or follow-up. Additional responsibilities were in quality control, pre-certifications, telephone follow-up for symptom management, and surgical techniques. RO nurses also play an important role in research as the new technologies and the existing technologies need to be compared to determine the best nursing and medical clinical outcomes. While certifications are not available for RO nurses in these subspecialties, it is important to begin sharing roles, responsibilities, and evidentially standards for these areas.
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 FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNursing Specialization in Radiation Oncologyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSixta, Jeanneen_US
dc.contributor.authorHaas, Marilynen_US
dc.author.detailsJeanne Sixta, RN, BSN, OCN, Radiation Oncology Research Nurse, Northern Illinois Institute for Neutron Therapy at Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois, USA, email: jsixta@niu.edu; Marilyn Haas, PhD, ANP, Mountain Radiation Oncology, Ashville, North Carolinaen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164807-
dc.description.abstractEducation: The field of radiation oncology (RO) is changing rapidly because of advancing technology in computer software and equipment. While the underlying principles of radiobiology have not changed, different RO modalities are giving patients different treatment options. RO nurses are finding themselves subspecializing in RO modalities. RO nursing roles are developing in areas such as proton beam clinics and stereotactic radiosurgery departments. The purpose of this poster is to explore the emerging RO nursing roles and responsibilities within these specialized areas. RO nurses have significant freedom in determining priorities and work methods. Besides providing direct patient care, these nurses interface with managed care and other insurance companies, subspeciality offices (pulmonlogists, thoracic surgeons, neurosurgeons, general surgeons), operating personnel and other members of the healthcare team. Most importantly, nurses in specialized areas need to be able to educate inquiring oncology patients and their families on the purpose and processes of these various treatment options. At present, there is no practical method of identifying RO nurses roles in these specialty areas except by networking. From those who could be identified, RO nursing job descriptions were collected and reviewed. Essential job functions are similar to other RO nurses who participate in external beam irradiation: assesses, evaluates, and intervenes in care of patients in treatment or follow-up. Additional responsibilities were in quality control, pre-certifications, telephone follow-up for symptom management, and surgical techniques. RO nurses also play an important role in research as the new technologies and the existing technologies need to be compared to determine the best nursing and medical clinical outcomes. While certifications are not available for RO nurses in these subspecialties, it is important to begin sharing roles, responsibilities, and evidentially standards for these areas.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:07:22Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:07:22Z-
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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