Roswell Park Nursing Teams Share Research at Oncology Nursing Society 47th Annual Meeting

Several nursing teams from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center have been invited to share their research at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), which is taking place in Anaheim, Calif., and continues through May 1, 2022.

Experts discussing new developments and challenges in nursing practice at the ONS Annual Meeting include Andrew Storer, PhD, DNP, RN, NP-C, FAANP, Vice President and Deputy Director of Nursing at Roswell Park, whose oral presentation on Roswell Park’s unique summer nursing research education program won Best of Oral Abstracts in Leadership/Management/Education.

There is a growing demand for nurses, and data shows that short-term, framed, immersive clinical and research experiences inform nursing student decisions to specialize in clinical oncology. The goal of the Roswell Park Summer Nursing Research Education Program is to orient nursing students toward the cancer care career path, equipping them with the skills and competencies to respond to the approaches emerging interdisciplinary and integrative approaches to cancer research and care.

Dr. Andrew Storer, Vice President and Deputy Director of Nursing, Roswell Park

The competitive eight-week program recruited four of the best undergraduate nursing students and offered them a financial grant so they could devote their time to exploring the role of nursing research in advancing cancer science . Students were mentored as they focused on an original research project and final presentation.

“Research experiences framed at critical career junctures really help create oncology researchers,” adds Dr. Storer. “The goal of the program is to generate interest in nursing research, increase the number of nurses earning their doctorate, and reduce the time to graduation. Less than 1% of all nurses have a doctorate, and those who obtain a graduate degree do so at an average age of 46, 13 years above other disciplines. The ever-growing and diverse cancer patient population contributes to the complexity of cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship, so the demand for nursing scientists studying methods to improve patient experience and outcomes is stronger than ever.”

The following Roswell Park research is presented as posters at the meeting:

Unity-Based Workplace Meetings to Improve Outcomes: Feasibility and Implications

Team huddles traditionally take place before the start of a nurse’s shift, and these quick group meetings have been proven to improve safety by increasing communication and improving overall team performance. A pilot study by Nicole Smith, RN, Nurse Manager, and presented by Katlynn O’Keefe, BSN, RN, of Roswell Park’s 7 East Inpatient Care Unit aimed to assess whether in-unit huddles in the middle of a shift of work were achievable and effective. The workplace caucuses, which focused on assessing the workload and stress levels of staff members, as well as the potential barriers that shift nurses faced, were overwhelmingly supported by the staff. Longer term results are being collected.

Using Therapy Dogs to Reduce Acute Workplace Stress Levels in Oncology Nurses

While there are programs available for patients experiencing acute anxiety or stress during cancer treatment, including certified and highly trained and vetted therapy dogs, these programs may not be available for nurses, who often experience high levels of compassion fatigue and burnout when caring for patients. Madeline Rogowski, BSN, OCN, reviewed the literature to compile evidence supporting the design of a therapy dog ​​program to reduce stress and anxiety among nurses during work hours. This program would recruit nurses through emails and flyers, then ask them to complete the 6-point anxiety inventory before and after a therapy dog ​​visit.

Nurse Anxiety perception Management of hospitalized oncology patients

Cancer patients often experience anxiety and stress related to their treatment, especially those undergoing aggressive therapy or long hospital stays. A team of Roswell Park nurses led by Thomas Ippolito, RN, BSN, MS, and including Julie DeLuca, RN, BSN, Kali Bosinski RN, BSN, and Joseph Stabile RN, BSN, sought to identify how oncology nurses working on a dedicated hematopoietic inpatient stem cell transplantation (HSCT) unit perceives a patient’s anxiety, then determines potential ways to incorporate evidence-based mindfulness practices that reduce levels of distress physiological and anxiety. The team found that all nurses who participated in the study reported that their HSCT patients suffered from increased anxiety during their hospital stay, compounded by isolation and stress related to the COVID pandemic. . Most nurses reported that this anxiety is undertreated during the inpatient stay and that they would like to integrate non-pharmacological nursing interventions such as aromatherapy, meditation and mindfulness to treat inpatient anxiety in their daily practice.

Moral distress in oncology nursing: a cross-sectional study of nurses in a comprehensive cancer center

When caring for cancer patients, nurses often experience moral distress as they seek to balance between administering often aggressive therapies and preserving a patient’s quality of life. To better understand the level of moral distress and its effects in cancer care, Roswell Park nurses Pamela McLaughlin MSN, RN, OCN and Melissa Hiscock, BSN, RN, CWOCN, OCN, CPPS, surveyed 100 nurses from nine inpatient oncology units and found that over 50% of respondents experienced moderate to high levels of distress. Their study suggests that measuring and addressing moral distress among nurses will help an organization focus resources on areas where nurses experience high levels of distress and alleviate costly staffing gaps.

Developing an Oncology Nursing Residency Program

Having an oncology-specific nursing residency program is crucial for new nurses starting or transitioning into cancer care. Roswell Park nurses Jennifer Missland MSN, RN, OCN, CCRN, and Heather Huizinga MSN, RN, OCN evaluated the impact of the 6-month nursing professional development residency program, which enrolls all newly hired with less than one year of experience in oncology, and saw demonstrated improvements in satisfaction and retention of nursing care. New nurses graduating from the program said it eased their transition into practice and increased their comfort in caring for cancer patients.

Nursing Experience with Patients Receiving Sotorasib for KRAS G12C Mutated Solid Tumors: Follow-Up of the Phase 1/2 CodeBreaK 100 Study

Askia Dozier MS, BSN, RN, CCRC and Victoria Fitzpatrick FNP-BC present their experience of managing patients receiving sotorasib, a newly approved new targeted therapy for non-small cell lung cancer. They found that nurses can help prevent serious adverse events from treatment by helping patients identify and manage the effects of treatment, including the use of antidiarrheals, diet and bland liquids for diarrhea. and antiemetics for nausea and vomiting. Their experience has shown that nurses are uniquely positioned to educate and support patients to facilitate continuation of sotorasib therapy for optimal clinical benefit.

Membership Engagement: How does a Local continually rise to meet education and networking challenges during a global pandemic?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when work and training events shifted from face-to-face to virtual, attendance at pharma-sponsored virtual programs was low and there were fears of losing member engagement as networking integral part of nursing. Marianne Jerla, RN, BSN, therapeutic apheresis staff nurse, explored ways to involve members more in virtual programs, including simple strategies such as food delivery, gift cards and raffles for those who attended virtually, and giving nurses a chance to view meeting events while socializing on Zoom.


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