Nursing

In the United States, the 3.1 million registered nurses (RNs) account for the largest health profession, and this is projected to grow by 33% by 2025 (from 2012).

Oncology nurses are portrayed as the compassionate, dedicated heroes they truly are in a short documentary-style film, Heroic Hearts: To Be an Oncology Nurse, the Movie, which premiered at the Oncology Nursing Society 41st Annual Congress.

A call came from a nurse attending to 3 patients in the infusion clinic. One patient had received a full dose of doxorubicin (60 mg/m2) via the vein in the dorsum of her hand. Afterward, the nurse detected a trace of blood in the infusion tube. While administering post-dose hydration, she noticed that the patient’s hand was completely swollen.

Every year, the demand for healthcare services grows in the United States and more responsibilities for providing that care are shifted to nurses. While NursingSchool.org reports that the country has at least 5.5 million nurses and nursing aides, this number is not nearly high enough to keep pace with the rising number of patients. The resulting shortage leaves many nurses feeling overworked and underpaid.

If you are attending the 2011 Oncology Nursing Society Annual Con gress in Boston, we would like to hear from you. Email editorial@greenhillhc.com and share your experiences at the conference in 500 words or fewer. We will select the best emails to published in an up coming issue of The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA and on our Website.

ORLANDO—A study of physicians from five countries found that nurses and hematologists counseling patients with chronic myeloid leukemia about the importance of adherence to prescribed tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) or having an established adherence protocol, such as medication diaries, pill organizers, or informational calendars, was associated with im proved adherence, and those patients who took the drugs as prescribed had significantly better therapeutic milestones.

A master’s level oncology specialization program prepares nurses with the clinical, cultural sensitivity, and research skills they will need to deal with issues impacting underrepresented minorities.

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