Pilot our New Course and Earn CE!

checkered racing flagCalling all registered nurses! We need a few more piloters to review our latest online CE course, Every Nurse’s Guide to Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship. The course will be ready to review around Oct. 1, and you will earn CE credit for participating. It will take you between 30-45 minutes to complete the course, test, and evaluation. If you’re interested and available, contact us! Thank you so much.

Do we give you satisfaction?

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Go to http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/texas-nurses-foundation-noep to get started!

Apply for Training: Reproductive Issues in Cancer Healthcare

EnrichEducating Nurses about Reproductive Issues in Cancer Healthcare (ENRICH) is a web-based training program for oncology nurses. It includes psychosocial, biological, clinical and skill building modules to help oncology nurses communicate timely and relevant information about reproductive health to their adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients. This program and 11 CEUs are available at no cost to participants. To be eligible you must:

  • Be a registered nurse in the United States
  • Provide oncology care for at least 5 adolescent/ young adult cancer patients (ages 15-45) per year
  • Commit to 1-2 hours for 8 weeks for web- based learning and activities

The program is particularly interested in candidates who work with patient populations of racial and ethnic minorities, and those with lower socio-economic status.  Please visit www.rhoinstitute.org  to apply.

#whentostop

When do you stop fighting? Join this ONS Connect tweet chat at noon EST on prolonged cancer treatment and palliative care with former NOEP staffer Carol Cannon, BSN, RN, OCN!

World No Tobacco Day: Nurses to Set an Example

wntd-top-storyYou may have heard about the study that came out recently reporting the decline in number of registered nurses who smoke. Apparently, RNs who smoke fell by more than a third between 2003 and 2011. This group outpaces the general population; 70% of RNs, compared to 53% of the general population, report having quit within this time frame. That is a statistic to be proud of!

Whether we want to admit it or not, as nurses we act as a role models when it comes  to healthy living. As World No Tobacco Day approaches, it is important to keep this in mind.

To equip your patients with as many tools and resources as possible to help them quit tobacco, you must first address the problem, and help them implement a quit plan. Watch NOEP’s animated video Helping My Patient Quit Tobacco: A Nurse’s Guide, which offers evidence-based strategies to counsel your patient on quitting. Additionally, Every Nurse’s Guide to Tobacco Cessation offers a comprehensive overview of the health and financial costs of tobacco, and interventions that can be used in the quitting process. And finally, this World No Tobacco Day site boasts “the largest collection of free quitting tools anywhere.”

As a nurse, YOU are responsible for helping your patient understand the importance of quitting tobacco, and for providing the necessary resources to make a successful quit attempt!

Words of Wisdom from ONS Congress

wisdomI am a huge fan of quotes. In fact, throughout high school and college, I used to keep journals packed with inspirational quotes, images, or dialogue from books I read, movies or TV shows I watched, or magazine clippings. I would occasionally go through these journals when I needed some life guidance.

I was fortunate enough to attend this years Oncology Nursing Society’s 39th Annual Congress in Anaheim, Ca, which was packed full of journal-worthy quotes. They spanned a wide range of topics, from nursing leadership to overcoming a cancer diagnosis and treatment, to the latest cancer nursing research. Below is just a taste. And if you attended Congress or not, keep the positive oncology nursing energy going. Increase your knowledge to improve your patient care or become certified with the help of NOEP’s Competence in Cancer Care free online CE series.

“I don’t know if we can have algorithms for cancer screening and treatment in older adults. It needs to be personalized.” – Diane Cope, during the Pre-Congress session, Controversial Issues in the Care of the Older Adult with Cancer: Implications for Education, Practice, and Research

“Palliative care nurses show lower levels of stress and burnout compared to oncology nurses.” -Penny Demaskos, during the Pre-Congress session Compassion Fatigue: Building Resilience in Oncology Nurses

“Individuals develop resilience by experiencing and processing stress, rather than through avoidance.” -Penny Demaskos

“My life is my work.” -ONS Outgoing President Mary Gullatte quoted Gandhi as she reflected on her 2 years with ONS

“Someone on the bottom of the totem pole can still be a leader. Leadership is the process of positively influencing others.” -Devon Harris, keynote speaker, 3-time Captain of the Jamaican bobsled team and inspiration for the Disney movie Cool Runnings

“You are either green and growing, or ripe and rotting.” -Devon Harris

“True power is the art of making other people powerful.” -Devon Harris

“Guided imagery used preoperatively saves money and reduces morbidity and mortality.” -Lourdes Lorenz, Holistic Nursing Modalities: Merging Research into Everyday Clinical Practice

“Vulva is my favorite word and every chance I get I manage to get it in somewhere.” -Dr. Anne Katz on discussing sexuality with her adolescent patients, Sexuality and Cancer for the Frontline Nurse

“The bar can never be set high enough when it comes to patient care.” -Chuck Wilson at the CURE Extraordinary Healer Award Dinner

“Be the nurse that does one more thing, one more time.” -Josh Sundquist, paralympian and survivor of osteosarcoma, speaking at the ONCC Recognition Breakfast

“Research shows that 88% of older adults would rather die than take therapy that causes cognitive impairment.” -Dr. Arti Hurria, Using Geriatric Metrics to Improve Care of the Older Adult with Cancer

–By Carol Cannon, BSN, RN, OCN

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Test your Knowledge: Cancer Care Disparities

5'thumbnailCultural competence is a key component of preparing nurses to meet the needs of our changing society. Commemorate National Minority Health Month by checking your knowledge of cancer care disparities among the Hispanic/Latino population. Please take this quick 2-question survey.

After the survey, earn 1.0 contact hours free with NOEP’s Advancing Care: Cancer in Hispanic/Latino Populations course, while viewing an emotional portrayal of a cancer diagnosis through the eyes of several Hispanic/Latino patients. Every nurse can benefit from watching this short video.