The End of an Era

Lisa Watson, Information Specialist at NOEP, explains why our project is closing and what it means for our nurses. Read our FAQs for details.

Today, I am the bearer of sad news. On September 30, 2015, the Nurse Oncology Education Program (NOEP) will shut its doors.

Over the last 28 years we have worked hard to make NOEP what it is today, and I am enormously proud of what we and our partners have achieved together. Ultimately, though, we simply do not have the funding to continue, although we will honor all existing commitments to our partners and funders.

NOEP was created in response to recommendations by the Legislative Task Force on Cancer in Texas to create a Nurse Education Workgroup. One of the Workgroup’s goals was “to detect, diagnose and treat cancer earlier when cure is more likely”. With funding from the Texas Cancer Council (now the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas or CPRIT), NOEP was established as a nonprofit project of the Texas Nurses Foundation in 1987.

NOEP eventually outgrew its Texas border with its online course offerings and funding from multiple partners such as the LIVESTRONG Foundation. NOEP was recognized by the Institute of Medicine as a national leader in providing continuing nursing oncology education, with over 70,000 registered website users and millions of nurses educated since the program’s inception. That’s aside from the untold number of patients who have benefited as a result of the changes in nursing practice brought about by NOEP’s education.

Despite our success, to-date NOEP has been primarily funded by CPRIT, whose moratorium on NOEP’s $376,087 grant in 2012 caused a delay in awarding funds that is still impacting the project. Our efforts to secure additional government or corporate support have ceased – and the Texas Nurses Association/Foundation Board has elected to phase out the organization. The result, regrettably, is that NOEP will close three months from now.

I want to thank the past and present NOEP team, the wonderful organizations we’re partnered with, the countless nurses who have donated their time as volunteers, our speakers, authors, and program champions – but above all, I want to thank you, the nurses. You have inspired us every day, and made working here a rare privilege for us all.

Many of you will have questions, and hopefully this set of FAQs will address them appropriately.

Finally, if you have any thoughts or memories of NOEP to share, please leave a comment below or email We’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for helping to make positive changes in nursing practice.

Lisa Kathleen Watson, MLA

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Fertility Training for Healthcare Professionals

New: LIVESTRONG offers a series of informational training videos, slideshows and charts to help you be most effective when talking to your patients about their fertility questions and options.

NOEP Prepares Nurses for Oncology Certification

IMG_3333It was a brain-boosting day at the Competence in Cancer Care: What the Nurse Needs to Know conference! Thanks to all who joined us October 4th at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Dallas, TX.

This was the 7th conference in a series of 8 held across the state as part of a three-year grant awarded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Texas Oncology, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, and multiple exhibitors also helped make the event possible. Attendees were able to share experiences and recommendations on best practices in cancer care.

From the valuable information on OCN® test taking strategies to the latest treatment modalities for specific cancers and much more, speakers Elaine DeMeyer MSN, RN, AOCN and Amy Ford BSN, RN, OCN kept the conference interactive and engaging.

For information on the upcoming final conference in Lubbock, TX, submitting ILNA points, or OCN testing centers in your area, visit our OCN Review Resources page.

Help Improve Nursing Education to Impact Patient Care

cashThe fact is, your professional opinions help drive our program. And we need to know what it is YOU need to know! We’ll even sweeten the deal.

Complete our 10-minute nursing survey by December 5, 2014 and be entered into a drawing to win one of five $200 Visa gift card awards.

— All licensed nurses are eligible to complete the survey and enter drawing.

— Your answers are anonymous. We will only contact you upon request.

— Winners notified by December 15, 2014.

Made possible by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.

NOEP Article Published: Learning Needs Data

pdf-preview.axdWe are pleased to announce the publication of an article in the October 2014 issue of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

The article, “Assessing the Learning Needs of Oncology Nurses”, was written by Carol A. Cannon, BSN, RN, OCN®, CHPN, Lisa K. Watson, MLA, Matt T. Roth, BA, and Shirley LaVergne, CMP. To meet the most current educational needs of nurses, NOEP conducts a biannual needs assessment survey to better understand its audience and inform its course development. Survey results revealed several priority areas for educational programs, including management of cancer symptoms and treatment side effects, complementary and alternative or integrative medicine, and screening recommendations. The data can be used by nurse educators and faculty responsible for providing cancer-specific education to nurses.

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.

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