Oncology Nursing: A Comprehensive Review

About the Course
Cancer affects everyone – the recipient of the diagnosis, the caregivers, and the concerned and frightened friends and loved ones. However, patients remain the focus of nursing care. This comprehensive course covers many complexities of state-of-the-art cancer care. Cancer has in some ways become a chronic illness, with many phases, signposts, and trajectories. Survivorship care is an integral part of cancer care. It begins at diagnosis and continues through long-term follow-up care, with a focus on disease surveillance and quality-of-life issues. Precision medicine is a growing field of cancer therapy that aims to deliver individualized treatments tailored against specific molecular or genetic alterations that promote the development of cancer. The information provided in this course has been mapped to the Oncology Nurses Certification examination and is appropriate for nurses caring for patients with cancer in any setting. The purpose of the course is to empower nurses to optimize patient outcomes by incorporating into their practice a solid foundation in their approach to care of patients with cancer. Further specialization in the many aspects of oncology nursing care can follow this overview.  

The course consists of 30 self-paced video lessons as well as resource materials and references.  The course content has been reviewed by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) and is acceptable for up to 30 recertification points. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to 
  • Describe cancer trends in the United States and worldwide.  
  • Describe risk factors for cancer development and prevention and screening methods.  
  • Analyze methods used to diagnose the presence of malignancy, including imaging and biopsies, and to stage tumors based on the extent of disease in the body.  
  • Review cancer treatment modalities, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy including the safe handling of drugs, vascular access, and selected targeted and immunologic therapies. 
  • Evaluate complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies and their role in the support of cancer patients. 
  • Describe ethical considerations important to conducting clinical research with human subjects, the phases of clinical trial studies, and the role of the nurse. 
  • Recognize the most common side effects associated with cancer treatment, signs and symptoms of oncologic emergencies, and appropriate clinical interventions.  
  • Describe epidemiologic trends, risk factors, symptoms, detection, and treatment methods and nursing care of solid tumors involving, the lungs, colorectal cancer, breast and prostate, ovarian and endometrial cancers, the kidney and/or bladder, the central nervous system and pancreas, and the skin.  
  • Describe epidemiologic trends relating to lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia; diagnosis and treatment methods; and nursing care for each of these hematologic malignancies.  
  • Identify psychosocial, financial, and structural stressors and coping and support strategies for patients and their families including older patients, multicultural populations, and those of other sexual orientations.  
  • Discuss the important aspects of survivorship care, palliative care, the hospice model, pain management, and quality-of-life and end-of-life issues.  
  • Identify select professional issues, including the importance of promoting quality care, patient safety, and performance improvement strategies and the use of technology and innovations.  
About the Authors
Amanda Brink, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AOCNP
Anna Liza Rodriguez, MHA, MSN, RN, OCN
Catherine Glennon, RN, MHS, NE-BC, OCN 
Chris Rimkus, MSN, APRN, AOCN
Diane G. Cope, PhD, ARNP, BC, AOCNP 
Gabriele Urschel, DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP 
Joanne Dalusung, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, VA-BC 
Lori Parke, MSN, DNP, FNP
Marcelle Kaplan, MS, RN, AOCN-Emeritus, CBCN Emeritus 
Megan Leary, MS, RN, AGCNS, OCN 
Suzanne M. Mahon, RN, DNSc, AOCN, AGN-BC 
Terry Argent, MSN, RN, OCN 

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 30-hour commitment of time.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity. 
  • A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Provide required personal and payment information. 
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation. 
  • Print your Certificate of Completion. 
Resolution of Conflict of Interest 
Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement 
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners. 

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.? 

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 Accreditations and Approvals 
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider?of nursing continuing?professional development?by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.?