Alixis Van Horn, RN, CHPN, and Cynthia Harrison, MSN, NP, presented at the 2012 ONS Annual Congress titled "Neurological Complications of Cancer and Cancer Therapy."
Session description Experience step-by-step instructions in the formalized neurological exam, as well as tips and tricks in performing a generalized assessment of a patientís neurological function based on cognitive ability and language. A brief review of neuro-anatomy will precede a demonstration of techniques.
Many patients experience cancer-related neurological complications, whether itís the primary diagnosis or associated symptoms related to treatment and/or metastasis. Regardless, it is important for the oncology nurse to be able to assess patients for signs and symptoms of neurological deficits.
The speakers at this particular ONS session demonstrated valuable assessment techniques that are obviously better to visualize than to read about. But before you perform a neurological examination, it is important to understand basic neuro-anatomy so you are able to identify normal vs. abnormal.
Ashley Leak, PhD, RN, geriatric oncology nurse, Cancer Care Quality Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing at UNC Chapel Hill, explains the reasons she enjoyed attending the ONS Annual Congress meeting.
Joni Watson, oncology clinical nurse manager at the University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, Texas, discusses the importance of the ONS Annual Congress meetings and why she finds them to be exciting from a professional and personal standpoint.
The 2013 Nurse Compensation Survey Results Are In Michelle Bragazzi, BS, RN, 5/3/2013 32 In February, TheONC surveyed more than 600 oncology nurses to find out more about their careers. We wanted to know if they felt adequately compensated and satisfied within their ...
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