Best Practices

A pilot project to incorporate nurse navigation for all new patients diagnosed with a hematologic or gynecologic malignancy has met with success, improving access to care for patients at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), as well as increasing patient and provider satisfaction.
A growing number of patients treated at the infusion center, coupled with a fixed number of infusion chairs, helped to create a logjam at the National Cancer Institute–designated New York University Langone Medical Center.
A recent project to implement a chemotherapy discharge class on a mixed medical oncology unit had encouraging results, according to Julianne Brogren, MS, RN, CNL, OCN, Clinical Nurse Leader, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.
Establishing a multidis­ciplinary oral chemotherapy clinic (MOCC) in a community hospital can reduce emergency department visits, increase patient and provider satisfaction, and lead to earlier recognition of adverse events.
When interacting with older adults with cancer, using appropriate communication skills is essential to achieving the intended outcome of a conversation.
Several treatment- and disease-specific factors are associated with near miss or safety incidents (NMSIs) among patients treated with radiotherapy.
Oncology professionals are routinely exposed to patient distress and trauma, and this may lead to a phenomenon called compassion fatigue.
A persistent medi­­cation safety issue is getting the attention it has long deserved. In an effort to save lives related to the accidental intrathecal dosing of vincristine, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has launched a program called “Just Bag It: The NCCN Campaign for Safe Handling of Vincristine."
A persistent medi­­cation safety issue is getting the attention it has long deserved.
Through staff collaboration and the creation of patient narratives in electronic medical records, spiritual care plans encourage caregivers to remember the human spirit of their patients with cancer.
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