Updates From Capitol Hill

State Governors Lead U.S. Response to COVID-19

State Governors Lead U.S. Response to COVID-19

Although the United States federal government is coordinating the nation’s public health campaign against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the states—and the governors in particular—are coordinating across the country and party lines to implement containment plans using all the public and private tools at their disposal. 

FDA Provides COVID-19 Guidelines for Patients With Cancer and Healthcare Providers

FDA Provides COVID-19 Guidelines for Patients With Cancer and Healthcare Providers

As the United States combats the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, federal agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) are reassuring specific populations, such as those in the cancer community, that the agency is still patient-centered in its mission.  

FDA Requests Withdrawal of All Ranitidine Products

FDA Requests Withdrawal of All Ranitidine Products

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked manufacturers to withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately.

New Nursing Research Sheds Light on Chemotherapy Safety

New Nursing Research Sheds Light on Chemotherapy Safety

(April 2, 2020)—Chemotherapy is one of the most successful forms of cancer treatment available, but it’s frequently thought of as deadly and dangerous because of its hazardous chemical properties and potential for severe side effects in patients. What’s often left out of the chemotherapy conversation is the danger it poses to healthcare workers handling the hazardous medications. In two new articles published in the Oncology Nursing Forum, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) member AnnMarie Walton, PhD, MPH, RN, OCN®, CHES, assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Duke University in Durham, NC, helped healthcare professionals understand the risks and needs for proper safe handling for chemotherapy. 

White House: We Need the American People’s Help to Fight Coronavirus

White House: We Need the American People’s Help to Fight Coronavirus

With almost daily public briefings, the White House is taking a more aggressive approach to communicating updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus to the American population.  

Once a Nurse, Always a Nurse

Once a Nurse, Always a Nurse

“Desperate times breed desperate measures." —William Shakespeare

Today is an unprecedented time in history: the COVID-19 coronavirus has changed the world as we know it. The United States faces a challenge unlike anything we’ve ever experienced, especially on our soil. We will lose many lives. Living in New Rochelle, NY, has made me acutely aware of this, perhaps before many other parts of the country.

CDC Releases Healthcare Professional Preparedness Checklist for COVID-19

CDC Releases Healthcare Professional Preparedness Checklist for COVID-19

Although many federal health agencies are involved in the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, central to every discussion has been the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Charged with the safety of the American public’s health, CDC is spearheading the United States’ epidemiologic approach, including how healthcare workers should recognize, test for, report, and respond to the coronavirus. 

NINR Acting Director Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic

NINR Acting Director Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic

Tara Schwetz, PhD, acting director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), issued a statement acknowledging the role of nurses as more essential than ever to patient care during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. 

Geographic Disparities in Cancer Care

A Zip Code Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

As part of a larger understanding of the social determinants of health, geography—whether it’s rural or metropolitan, urban or suburban—plays a huge part in how patients understand, receive, and access care. Regardless of zip code, community, or travel distance, patients have a right to receive the best possible care for their cancer diagnosis. As staunch patient advocates, oncology nurses are primed to help patients navigate geographic disparities and overcome challenges they face in treatment.