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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165250
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
FILLING THE GAP: CREATING A COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Author(s):
Gillund, Brenda Jo; Heitkamp, Sarah
Author Details:
Brenda Gillund, RN MS OCN, Oncology Resource Nurse/Case Manager, Altru Health System, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA, email: bgillund@altru.org; Sarah Heitkamp, Gap, Inc., Grand Forks, North Dakota
Abstract:
Quality of life for cancer patients is so important, yet often hard to quantify, making it hard to achieve. Working with cancer patients is both rewarding and empowering, as caregivers try to help people enjoy every minute of every day. When the necessity for additional assistance for our cancer patients became apparent, a plan to help solve the problem evolved. Our patients often asked for direction in three major areas of financial burden: transportation, housing and nutritional supplements. Using critical thinking skills, planning, implementation, and evaluation, we have been able to effectively improve our patients' quality of life. The purpose of this presentation is: To assist other nurses to identify patient/family needs in their area of practice; To describe the process of finding grant availability; To describe process of writing a grant; and To identify how to initiate a community assistance program. We identified the patientsÆ needs, explored grants available to facilitate change, wrote a grant, received funding, and implemented the ôFilling the Gapö program. Brenda Jo and Sarah can speak about advocacy for our community, and how a great idea can become a reality. Patients have been utilizing the "Filling the Gap" program since October of 2005. We have assisted over 250 patients with gas cards, housing assistance, and nutritional supplements. Patient surveys are used to review perceived quality of life improvement, as well as tracking nutritional response, including weight gain, loss, or stabilization. Many areas of the USA are comprised of rural areas, some hundreds of miles away from cancer treatment. In our community, services to provide financial assistance with gas money, lodging and nutritional supplements were non-existent. The Filling the Gap program was created to help ease the financial burden while offering support to our cancer patients and families throughout diagnosis & treatment. Nurses and family members are often the ones who hear the patientÆs story of how a disease affects their whole life. We help make a difference in their lives every day, and sometimes a simple plan can snowball into an amazing journey... helping our patients every step of the way.
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 FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFILLING THE GAP: CREATING A COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGillund, Brenda Joen_US
dc.contributor.authorHeitkamp, Sarahen_US
dc.author.detailsBrenda Gillund, RN MS OCN, Oncology Resource Nurse/Case Manager, Altru Health System, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA, email: bgillund@altru.org; Sarah Heitkamp, Gap, Inc., Grand Forks, North Dakotaen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165250-
dc.description.abstractQuality of life for cancer patients is so important, yet often hard to quantify, making it hard to achieve. Working with cancer patients is both rewarding and empowering, as caregivers try to help people enjoy every minute of every day. When the necessity for additional assistance for our cancer patients became apparent, a plan to help solve the problem evolved. Our patients often asked for direction in three major areas of financial burden: transportation, housing and nutritional supplements. Using critical thinking skills, planning, implementation, and evaluation, we have been able to effectively improve our patients' quality of life. The purpose of this presentation is: To assist other nurses to identify patient/family needs in their area of practice; To describe the process of finding grant availability; To describe process of writing a grant; and To identify how to initiate a community assistance program. We identified the patientsÆ needs, explored grants available to facilitate change, wrote a grant, received funding, and implemented the ôFilling the Gapö program. Brenda Jo and Sarah can speak about advocacy for our community, and how a great idea can become a reality. Patients have been utilizing the "Filling the Gap" program since October of 2005. We have assisted over 250 patients with gas cards, housing assistance, and nutritional supplements. Patient surveys are used to review perceived quality of life improvement, as well as tracking nutritional response, including weight gain, loss, or stabilization. Many areas of the USA are comprised of rural areas, some hundreds of miles away from cancer treatment. In our community, services to provide financial assistance with gas money, lodging and nutritional supplements were non-existent. The Filling the Gap program was created to help ease the financial burden while offering support to our cancer patients and families throughout diagnosis & treatment. Nurses and family members are often the ones who hear the patientÆs story of how a disease affects their whole life. We help make a difference in their lives every day, and sometimes a simple plan can snowball into an amazing journey... helping our patients every step of the way.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:15:11Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:15:11Z-
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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