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


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.

NOEP Turns 27!

anniversary cakeIn April 1987, the Texas Nurses Foundation received funds from the Texas Cancer Council, and  the Nurse Oncology Education Program (NOEP) was born!

NOEP’s initial goals were to increase the quality and quantity of academic education in oncology, provide CNE on cancer-related topics, propel cancer nursing research, and provide cancer-related resources for Texas nurses.

Twenty-seven years later, much has changed. But our mission remains the same: to educate every nurse in Texas and beyond about cancer prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship. This mission drives our larger goal, which is educating all nurses to create changes in nursing practice that will reduce the burden of cancer.

How can you help NOEP keep growing, to reach its 30th “Pearl” anniversary?

  • NOEP strives for quality nursing education. We value your feedback, as it helps us strengthen future education, so please write a review after completing a course! We have 20 no-cost courses to choose from.
  • NOEP’s most important asset is YOU! Please spread the word to your colleagues about our easy-to-access education.
  • If you live in Texas, please check out NOEP’s Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) Review Courses held throughout the state this year. Sign up, become certified, and wonder what took you so long!

Thank you for your continued support. We are happy to celebrate 27 years with all of YOU!

–Carol Cannon, BSN, RN, OCN

Yee Haw! Cowtown is Comin’ ‘Round in April

Cowtown+LogoTexas Christian University’s Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences is pleased to announce the date for their fourth annual Cowtown Oncology Symposium. Cowtown aims to meet the educational needs of nurses who provide care to oncology patients, and to increase awareness of current trends in the field.

NOEP will present a poster at Cowtown: End of Life Care Nursing Education and Implications for Practice, in which we outline nurses’ response to an online podcast, The Nurse’s Role in End of Life Care.

In addition to posters, Cowtown boasts an all-star line-up of speakers. Two of NOEP’s long-time allies, Mary Beth Kean, DNP, RN-BC, ACNS, CCRN and Joni Watson, MBA, MSN, RN, OCN, will speak about Pain Management/Palliative Care and Survivorship, respectively. If you can get to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area on Saturday, April 26, this all day event should not be missed.

Beyond the Diagnosis: Cancer in LGBT Populations

iStock_000018875964SmallThe code of ethics of the American Nurses Association directs nurses to provide compassionate, culturally sensitive, and competent care to every individual (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2001). Every nurse should develop the knowledge and sensitivity necessary to provide appropriate cancer-related care to people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. Although there are no inherent biological differences between heterosexual and LGBT people, other factors may lead to increased cancer incidence, later-stage diagnosis, and to less positive cancer survivorship. As a minority population, LGBT people are more likely to experience barriers to preventive healthcare. Other differences that may increase cancer risk among LGBT people include health behaviors that increase cancer risk and predisposing health conditions such as sexually transmitted diseases and the use of hormone therapy.

Although the number of LGBT cancer survivors in the United States is unknown, it is clear that differences in this population’s access and utilization of healthcare, primary prevention practices, and other risk factors place some LGBT people at greater risk for cancer. Nurses can help reduce this disparity by using gender neutral language with clients whose sexual orientation is unknown, assessing for risk factors that might impact recommendations for routine cancer screening, and by being aware of survivorship concerns of special importance to LGBT people. Nurses can assist patients who have disclosed their sexual orientation by directing them to LGBT-friendly providers and specialists and encouraging them to share their status with other providers to assure they receive comprehensive care. Another way that nurses can support LGBT cancer survivors is by educating themselves about cancer care, support resources that are accepting of people regardless of their sexual orientation, and programs that exist specifically to serve the LGBT population.

Learn more about this topic and earn 1.1 contact hours with NOEP’s online course, Beyond the Diagnosis: Cancer in LGBT Populations by Doris Coward, PhD, MSN. In reviewing the course, one nurse wrote, “This should be a required course for all Nurses, PA’s, Social Workers, NP’s and Physicians!” and another said, “I found this topic to be very interesting and had not read anything before that so succinctly gave as much information.”

Hurry, this offering expires on February 27, 2014!

Public Art: Drawing the Line Against Cancer

MDACC art wallTwo of NOEP’s favorite partners, Alpheus Media and MD Anderson Cancer Center, teamed up on an exciting new campaign that began Saturday, Jan. 18: “Help Draw the Line Against Cancer“. My son Zac and I were two of approximately 100 Central Texans who joined together on that gorgeous day to assist. On Frank’s public art wall in downtown Austin, we painted a 30-foot red line through the word “Cancer” to symbolize the need to eradicate this disease. We also wrote personal tributes on the wall to mourn losses and celebrate lives.

Among the fantastic people we met there, some shared their stories in interviews. We look forward to what comes next!

–Lisa Kathleen Watson