NURS-404 Fundamentals of Adult Oncology Nursing
Spring for 2017-2018
This 2-credit nursing elective provides an introduction to the specialty of oncology nursing based on the principles presented in the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Statement on the Scope and Standards of Oncology Nursing Practice (Brant & Wickham, 2013). Evidence-based content relevant to oncology nursing practice will be presented including: health promotion and disease prevention; screening; early detection, and diagnosis; basis for practice from oncology nursing and clinical oncology research; cancer treatment modalities; symptom management; sexuality; survivorship; and supportive, palliative, and end-of-life care; professional performance issues in oncology nursing; and collaborative practice models, including collaborative partnerships with oncology nurse researchers to identify patient needs and generate new knowledge for practice (Jacobs and Mayer, 2016). The current evidence-based pathophysiology of the cancer disease process will be presented to provide rationale for cancer treatment and understanding of treatment-related side effects. Oncology nursing care delivered within the interdisciplinary oncology team necessary to provide optimal patient care for all phases of the cancer care continuum including prevention, detection, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care in a variety of settings will be reviewed. Appropriate documents to guide professional oncology nursing practice including the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (2015), the ONS Statement on the Scope and Standards of Oncology Nursing Practice (Brant & Wickham, 2013) and the ONS Leadership Competencies (ONS, 2012) will be used as the basis for discussion of professional oncology nursing practice, as well as, the ethical and legal implications of this practice (Jacobs and Mayer, 2016). The values of the School of Nursing & Health Studies inform the didactic component. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking to promote understanding of and applying the evidence base for the delivery of optimal oncology nursing care.
Prerequisites: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Genomics
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