ADDRESSING THE INVISIBILITY OF NURSING: IMPLICATIONS FROM AN ANALYSIS OF NCI-DESIGNATED COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER WEBSITES

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165187
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
ADDRESSING THE INVISIBILITY OF NURSING: IMPLICATIONS FROM AN ANALYSIS OF NCI-DESIGNATED COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER WEBSITES
Author(s):
Boyle, Deborah
Author Details:
Deborah Boyle, RN, MSN, AOCN, FAAN, Practice Outcomes Nurse Specialist/Magnet Coordina, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, email: Deborah.boyle@bannerhealth.com
Abstract:
Conventional wisdom upholds that 'the reason for the existence of the modern hospital is to provide nursing care' and that 'physicians are an episodic presence in the lives of patients while nurses control the environment of healing.' Yet in public and professional communication venues, details concerning medical expertise predominate while corollaries of nursing competency remain inabsentia. Is the specialty of cancer nursing invisible? This project's goal was to evaluate the degree of nursing presence in the 39 Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) websites. Each website was accessed from NCI home page linkages. In the absence of nursing recognition on the CCC home page, at least 5 links were broached to pursue citations about nursing practice. The 'Search' option was also utilized with the term 'Nursing'. Each site was evaluated for the presence of the following data: citation of the CNO in leadership directories, listing of nursing personnel and resources within phone listings, mention of nurses within interdisciplinary teams, integration of nurse investigators in research rosters, inventories of nursing education programs, and integration of nurse- specific innovations in annual reports and media selections. Results revealed a paucity of information describing the scope, nature and competencies of cancer nursing in the 39 CCCs. No CCC listed nursing on its home page and only two identified the CNO in their leadership directory. Fourteen of the 39 sites had no listing of nursing anywhere in its website. Despite the fact that cancer care could not exist without experienced, knowledgeable, empathic and proficient oncology nurses, their contributions were only marginally recognized in the targeted formal communication venue of analysis. A proposal for changing this current reality will be delineated. These recommendations have implications for the 39 CCCs, the 20 NCI-designated Cancer Centers, and community cancer programs nationwide. For those who practice in a clinical research environment, oncology nursing skills are manifested in oversight of novel therapies, intensive and ongoing supportive care of patients and families, effective interdisciplinary communication, and continued high-level critical thinking. A concerted effort to market cancer nursing is required to change this current paradigm that fosters nursing.
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:
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.titleADDRESSING THE INVISIBILITY OF NURSING: IMPLICATIONS FROM AN ANALYSIS OF NCI-DESIGNATED COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER WEBSITESen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBoyle, Deborahen_US
dc.author.detailsDeborah Boyle, RN, MSN, AOCN, FAAN, Practice Outcomes Nurse Specialist/Magnet Coordina, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, email: Deborah.boyle@bannerhealth.comen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165187-
dc.description.abstractConventional wisdom upholds that 'the reason for the existence of the modern hospital is to provide nursing care' and that 'physicians are an episodic presence in the lives of patients while nurses control the environment of healing.' Yet in public and professional communication venues, details concerning medical expertise predominate while corollaries of nursing competency remain inabsentia. Is the specialty of cancer nursing invisible? This project's goal was to evaluate the degree of nursing presence in the 39 Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) websites. Each website was accessed from NCI home page linkages. In the absence of nursing recognition on the CCC home page, at least 5 links were broached to pursue citations about nursing practice. The 'Search' option was also utilized with the term 'Nursing'. Each site was evaluated for the presence of the following data: citation of the CNO in leadership directories, listing of nursing personnel and resources within phone listings, mention of nurses within interdisciplinary teams, integration of nurse investigators in research rosters, inventories of nursing education programs, and integration of nurse- specific innovations in annual reports and media selections. Results revealed a paucity of information describing the scope, nature and competencies of cancer nursing in the 39 CCCs. No CCC listed nursing on its home page and only two identified the CNO in their leadership directory. Fourteen of the 39 sites had no listing of nursing anywhere in its website. Despite the fact that cancer care could not exist without experienced, knowledgeable, empathic and proficient oncology nurses, their contributions were only marginally recognized in the targeted formal communication venue of analysis. A proposal for changing this current reality will be delineated. These recommendations have implications for the 39 CCCs, the 20 NCI-designated Cancer Centers, and community cancer programs nationwide. For those who practice in a clinical research environment, oncology nursing skills are manifested in oversight of novel therapies, intensive and ongoing supportive care of patients and families, effective interdisciplinary communication, and continued high-level critical thinking. A concerted effort to market cancer nursing is required to change this current paradigm that fosters nursing.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:14:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:14:04Z-
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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