I Survived Cancer & Now I'm Bankrupt
Nicole Haines, RN 7/21/2014 1
As if the long haul back to good health weren't difficult enough, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from June reported the costs for cancer survivors don't stop when ...
Cathy Cole, RNC, NP, MPH, CHES, CBPN-IC 7/18/2014 1
When I was recently asked to mentor several nurses who were interested in becoming certified breast care nurses, I will be honest in saying that I was not eager to take on another ...
Deborah A. Boyle
The Nature of Worry
Deborah A. Boyle, RN, MSN, AOCNS, FAAN 7/16/2014 5
Variables that patients consider in making decisions about cancer therapy was the focus of a recent article in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer. Data on more than 5,000 ...
Linda M. Gorman
Understanding Home Palliative Care
Linda M. Gorman, RN, MN, PMHCNS-BC, CHPN, FPCN, OCN 7/14/2014 3
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) reports that close to 80% of US hospitals with more than 50 beds have a palliative care program.1 The growth of inpatient palliative ...
Skipping the Stirrups: The Debate Continues Over Yearly Pelvic Exams
Michelle Bragazzi, BS, RN 7/11/2014 12
First it was the age of initial mammogram screenings. Now it's how often women should be getting pelvic examinations. Are we increasing the cancer risk by decreasing the frequency ...
Rethinking Metastatic Colon Cancer
Katherine Mitchell, APRN, AOCNP 7/10/2014 3
I once thought patients diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer were terminal, without any possible chance for cure. That was until I met my first patient with a solitary liver ...
OCN Test Preparation: A Collaborative Effort
Dishon Kamwesa, BSN, RN 7/7/2014 10
Recently, I joined the ranks of oncology certified nurses. This is a certification that I had been meaning to obtain, but for various reasons, I had not applied to take the exam. ...
Measles & Pertussis Are on the Rise: Are Oncology Patients at Greater Risk?
Julianna Paradisi, RN, OCN 7/3/2014 9
Recently, I've adapted the information I provide cancer patients about their risk of infection. Now I ask about their exposure to children, and whether or not the children in their ...
How the Affordable Care Act Affects Nursing
AnnMarie Walton, MPH, RN, OCN, CHES 7/1/2014 7
At the November 2013 ONS Connections Conference in Dallas, I had the opportunity to hear a presentation by Alec Stone, MA, MPA, Health Policy Director of the Oncology Nursing ...