What Is ONS’s Stance on Handling Chemotherapy While Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Trying to Conceive?
One of the questions that ONS commonly receives in the clinical inbox is whether nurses who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive can safely administer or handle chemotherapy and other hazardous drugs.
January 03, 2017
ASCO Annual Meeting
Incorporating Advanced Practitioners Into Team-Based Oncology Care
During a session presented at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting that discussed team-based oncology care, ONS member Wendy H. Vogel, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®, an oncology nurse practitioner at Wellmont Cancer Institute in Kingsport, TN, discussed how advanced practice providers can be involved in the care team process.
June 06, 2016
Transparency Makes a Difference When Creating a Culture of Safety
Have you ever made a mistake in nursing? Well, I have and want to share my experience, feelings, and outcome. When this happened, all that I kept thinking was, “Did I harm my patient?” Maybe that sounds familiar to you. I think we can all say that we went into nursing to help others, not harm them.
June 06, 2016
Respecting Hazardous Drugs Protects Nurses, Patients and Eliminates Fear
A recent article on the Scrubs website, “Chemotherapy Drugs are Killing Nurses” shared important facts and concerns regarding the handling of hazardous drugs. It also highlighted the need for comprehensive education and collaboration to establish a culture of safety around the use of these drugs by building respect, not fear, for hazardous drugs in the workplace.
April 18, 2016
Policies and procedures
New Hazardous Drug Safe Handling Guidelines May Require Changes for Your Practice
Healthcare workers who prepare and administer hazardous drugs have further incentive to follow the recommended precautions with the February 1, 2016, release of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention Chapter 800. Find out more about these recommended precautions.
March 01, 2016
No Ordinary Pill
Oral agents are changing oncology treatment, and along with it, who’s responsible for the safety of those treatments. “With oral agents, the onus is now primarily on patients and their caregivers,” says ONS member Kathy Leifeste. This is quite a shift from the nurse-administered IV chemotherapy and biotherapy we’ve grown accustomed to.
March 01, 2014
The Case of the Hyperthermic Hypodermic
Erin arrives in your injection clinic for her monthly injection of fulvestrant. She tells you that her regular nurse always warms the drug before the injection by wrapping it in a warm pack because it lessens the discomfort during the injection. She says her nurse also told her it makes the medication easier to administer. What would you do?
August 20, 2013