Oncology Nursing Society
A nurse-led initiative to discharge patients before noon has paid off at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, according to Kathleen Edmondson-Martin, MA, RN, OCN, Clinical Nurse Manager in the hospital’s bone marrow transplant unit.
An electronic “facility board” situated on a wall in the nurses’ station of a medical/surgical unit led to more clinical interventions for abnormal vital signs, a reduction in falls among high-risk patients, and more ordering of specialty beds, according to nurses from Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Getting patients to the dentist may not seem like an oncology nurse navigator’s duty, but that’s exactly the task assigned to Colleen Palay, BSN, RN, oncology nurse navigator at the Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH.
A hematology unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, succeeded in greatly reducing chemotherapy wait time and increasing satisfaction among inpatients, as described by Elena Lubimov, RN, BSN, OCN, at the Oncology Nursing Society 41st Annual Congress.
At the 2016 Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress, nurses from different practice settings described the various ways in which they have developed and implemented survivorship care plans, which are expected to be needed for more than 18 million individuals within 10 years.
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