Utilizing an Oncology Nursing Council as a Strategic Approach to Advancing Oncology Nursing Practice

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165752
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Utilizing an Oncology Nursing Council as a Strategic Approach to Advancing Oncology Nursing Practice
Author(s):
Donovan, Constance
Author Details:
Constance Donovan, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Abstract:
Administrative structures for oncology nursing at academic medical centers associated with cancer centers differ from free-standing centers where oncology nursing is organizationally cohesive. In response to an identified need for a more comprehensive and collective effort for oncology nursing at Yale New Haven Medical Center, an oncology nursing council was formed in December 2000. The council is a joint effort among oncology nurses at Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale Cancer Center, and Yale University School of Nursing. The purpose of the council is to advance the nursing care of patients with cancer and to develop nurse practices which effectively contribute to the overall interdisciplinary care of various cancer populations. Members represent various nursing roles, departments, and specialties. The council's first year goals were to increase nurses access to oncology nursing expertise, create educational forums for oncology nurses, promote national certification in oncology nursing, assist the hospital's recruitment and retention of oncology nurses, and develop evidence-based oncology care protocols/standards. After eight months, progress toward these goals is clearly evident. The council created and disseminated, throughout the institution, an oncology nursing resource directory which identifies adult and pediatric oncology nurses and their specific areas of expertise; initiated an annual educational program, the first of which was presented by a nationally recognized nurse expert in pain and palliative care; held a ceremony which honored and acknowledged all nurses who had achieved national certification in oncology nursing; established a study series for nurses preparing for national certification; developed a 12-week clinical internship in oncology nursing (medical, gynecologic, pediatric specialties) for new graduates and a brochure to describe the internship program; began development of a web site to describe oncology nursing at Yale; and initiated planning for the development of an evidence-based febrile neutropenic protocol to standardize care of pediatric and adult patients in ambulatory oncology clinics. These initial collective efforts are viewed as the first steps toward advancing oncology nursing practice in our setting. The council members envision future collective work to include supporting and conducting clinical nursing research.
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:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleUtilizing an Oncology Nursing Council as a Strategic Approach to Advancing Oncology Nursing Practiceen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDonovan, Constanceen_US
dc.author.detailsConstance Donovan, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165752-
dc.description.abstractAdministrative structures for oncology nursing at academic medical centers associated with cancer centers differ from free-standing centers where oncology nursing is organizationally cohesive. In response to an identified need for a more comprehensive and collective effort for oncology nursing at Yale New Haven Medical Center, an oncology nursing council was formed in December 2000. The council is a joint effort among oncology nurses at Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale Cancer Center, and Yale University School of Nursing. The purpose of the council is to advance the nursing care of patients with cancer and to develop nurse practices which effectively contribute to the overall interdisciplinary care of various cancer populations. Members represent various nursing roles, departments, and specialties. The council's first year goals were to increase nurses access to oncology nursing expertise, create educational forums for oncology nurses, promote national certification in oncology nursing, assist the hospital's recruitment and retention of oncology nurses, and develop evidence-based oncology care protocols/standards. After eight months, progress toward these goals is clearly evident. The council created and disseminated, throughout the institution, an oncology nursing resource directory which identifies adult and pediatric oncology nurses and their specific areas of expertise; initiated an annual educational program, the first of which was presented by a nationally recognized nurse expert in pain and palliative care; held a ceremony which honored and acknowledged all nurses who had achieved national certification in oncology nursing; established a study series for nurses preparing for national certification; developed a 12-week clinical internship in oncology nursing (medical, gynecologic, pediatric specialties) for new graduates and a brochure to describe the internship program; began development of a web site to describe oncology nursing at Yale; and initiated planning for the development of an evidence-based febrile neutropenic protocol to standardize care of pediatric and adult patients in ambulatory oncology clinics. These initial collective efforts are viewed as the first steps toward advancing oncology nursing practice in our setting. The council members envision future collective work to include supporting and conducting clinical nursing research.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:24:16Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:24:16Z-
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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