Paper Presentations

3:35 – 3:55 pm Friday, September 14

Paper Presentations: Professional Practice Issues — Nurse-Patient Connectedness and Nurses’ Professional Quality of Life: Experiences Volunteering at a Pediatric Oncology Camp (222-2)

1CNE  Nurses working in pediatric oncology can experience unique stressors that are both professionally and personally demanding. Many pediatric oncology nurses volunteer with their local oncology camp, where there are unique opportunities for shared experiences between nurses and cancer patients/survivors outside of the clinical setting. In this session, we present findings from a mixed methods study exploring the impact of volunteering at an oncology camp on pediatric oncology nurses’ professional quality of life.

Disclaimer: [1 CH] will be awarded for attending all three paper presentations presented during this timeslot. Partial credit is not available.

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3:55 –4:15 pm Friday, September 14

Paper Presentations: Professional Practice Issues — Evidence-Based Interprofessional Palliative Care Education: Lessons for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians (222-3)

1CNE  Basis of inquiry: Clinician education and expertise in palliative care varies widely across pediatric oncology programs, creating disparities in accessing and delivering much needed services to children and their families. Providing interprofessional, onsite team training, as well as institution-wide support for ongoing palliative care education is critical to improving quality of life for pediatric oncology care recipients.

Purpose/Objectives: To describe an evidence-based practice approach for delivering comprehensive interprofessional palliative care education for pediatric oncology clinicians.

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11:30 am – 11:50 am Saturday, September 15

Paper Presentations: Clinical Care Issues — Use of a Clinical Care Pathway for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children with Acute Chest Syndrome (228-1)

1CNE Acute chest syndrome is the leading cause of death and hospitalization among patients with sickle cell disease. Nurses have an important role in providing prompt evaluation and treatment of the child with acute chest syndrome. Evidence-based clinical care pathways are recommended to improve quality of care and to help reduce the length of hospitalization. This presentation will review the development of a standardized clinical care pathway which includes recommendations for management, diagnostic work up, and treatment strategies.

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11:50 am – 12:10 pm Saturday, September 15

Paper Presentations: Clinical Care Issues — Implementation of an Inpatient Oncology Resource Nurse to Standardize and Improve Chemotherapy Admission Workflow (228-2)

1CNE  Basis of inquiry: Our 32-bed inpatient oncology unit identified delays in initiating chemotherapy for scheduled patients. With an increased census and tightened staffing ratios, the chemotherapy admission process became increasingly inefficient. These delays resulted in frustration for both patients and healthcare providers.

Purpose/Objectives: The aim of this project was to devise and evaluate a more efficient and consistent admission process through the use of a resource nurse. We sought to develop a workflow to deliver “on time” chemotherapy, defined as prior to shift change at 7 pm. This would reduce delays and increase satisfaction of patients, families, and providers.

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12:10 – 12:30 pm Saturday, September 15

Paper Presentations: Clinical Care Issues — Improving Patient Identification Practices in a Central American Pediatric Cancer Hospital (228-3)

1CNE  Participants will identify the nurse’s unique role in promoting a culture of safety and continuous quality improvement through the implementation of a correct patient identification quality improvement project in a Central American pediatric cancer hospital.

Disclaimer: [1 CH] will be awarded for attending all three paper presentations presented during this timeslot. Partial credit is not available.

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