In order to achieve the goals made possible by recent technology advances in oncology nursing practice, nurses will have to endure the growing pains of in-services and devote the necessary time to build expertise and master the new technologies before they can implement them into daily oncology nursing practice.
Every day, an oncology nurse has a conversation with a patient that goes something like this: The patient asks, How much longer do you think I can live with this aggressive tumor?
Research has shown that individuals are more inclined to participate in additional clinical trials if they have a positive experience and are treated with respect by the researchers.
Dean Heller, MD, President of VideoMD—an online library of physician-created, patient education videos—explains the benefits to both patients and physicians of www.videomd.com.
Harriet Berman, PhD, executive vice president of clinical programs, The Wellness Community – Greater Boston, Newton, MA, explains the pros and cons of cancer patient blogging, as well as what oncologists need to know about the topic.