A Collaborative Approach for Developing an Oncology Certification Priority at a Community Hospital

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165523
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Collaborative Approach for Developing an Oncology Certification Priority at a Community Hospital
Author(s):
Grant, Joanne
Author Details:
Joanne Grant, Potomac Hospital, Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
Abstract:
The environment today in health care does not always allow education benefits for the nurse as in previous years. Hospitals are struggling with the nursing shortage and must augment staffing with expensive outside agency nursing. This significantly impacts upon how oncology patients may receive care from nurses not well trained in oncology. The value of oncology certified nurses is well known. Gaining administrative approval for a certification program is essential to improve patient care. At a community hospital in Virginia, a collaborative plan between administration and nursing was developed to make oncology certification a priority in the cancer program. In preparing for our certification for our cancer program with the ACOS, a plan for oncology certification was inserted into the strategic plan of the oncology business plan. The nursing director began mentoring staff, developing an interest in certification, and developing an incentive plan for staff interested in certification. Implementation: Administration agreed to budget funds for the certification exam, allow staff to have a paid day to take the exam, and to purchase the ONS Core Curriculum for the director to teach the course. Creative scheduling was important so as not to compromise patient care. Staff received education hours for attendance. Staff successful in passing the exam were reimbursed 100%. A salary increase was granted provided the certification was maintained. Marketing provided stories about our nurses in the in-house staff and MD letters and community mailings. Outcomes: Our success (eight OCN and seven more taking the exam) allows patients to benefit from the expertise of the certified nurse at the bedside. Improved leadership has developed on the unit, which is critical during a time of limited nursing resources. Being creative, diligent, and collaborative in developing cancer nursing leadership and expertise is essential for the well being of all cancer patients. Nursing directors have an opportunity to take a key leadership role in developing their staff to be ready for the diverse changes in cancer nursing which awaits all of us today.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., 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.titleA Collaborative Approach for Developing an Oncology Certification Priority at a Community Hospitalen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGrant, Joanneen_US
dc.author.detailsJoanne Grant, Potomac Hospital, Woodbridge, Virginia, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165523-
dc.description.abstractThe environment today in health care does not always allow education benefits for the nurse as in previous years. Hospitals are struggling with the nursing shortage and must augment staffing with expensive outside agency nursing. This significantly impacts upon how oncology patients may receive care from nurses not well trained in oncology. The value of oncology certified nurses is well known. Gaining administrative approval for a certification program is essential to improve patient care. At a community hospital in Virginia, a collaborative plan between administration and nursing was developed to make oncology certification a priority in the cancer program. In preparing for our certification for our cancer program with the ACOS, a plan for oncology certification was inserted into the strategic plan of the oncology business plan. The nursing director began mentoring staff, developing an interest in certification, and developing an incentive plan for staff interested in certification. Implementation: Administration agreed to budget funds for the certification exam, allow staff to have a paid day to take the exam, and to purchase the ONS Core Curriculum for the director to teach the course. Creative scheduling was important so as not to compromise patient care. Staff received education hours for attendance. Staff successful in passing the exam were reimbursed 100%. A salary increase was granted provided the certification was maintained. Marketing provided stories about our nurses in the in-house staff and MD letters and community mailings. Outcomes: Our success (eight OCN and seven more taking the exam) allows patients to benefit from the expertise of the certified nurse at the bedside. Improved leadership has developed on the unit, which is critical during a time of limited nursing resources. Being creative, diligent, and collaborative in developing cancer nursing leadership and expertise is essential for the well being of all cancer patients. Nursing directors have an opportunity to take a key leadership role in developing their staff to be ready for the diverse changes in cancer nursing which awaits all of us today.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:20:11Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:20:11Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., 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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