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Like a few have said I think that having a foundational knowledge to care for the Hem/Onc/SCT patients is essential, especially for new graduate nurses. They need repetition and the foundation courses build up to being able to give chemo I think; parents/caregivers have a lot of questions always so good to have the background info; and then each disease can have complications etc. so such a good foundation to have overall
For me new grads I do the foundations at week 5 and chemo at week 7
Mary Lynn Rae, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CPHON, BMTCN
Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Practitioner/Clinical Educator Hem/Onc/SCT (LC17/LC18)
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
The upper management at my Children’s Hospital is talking about cutting our APHON Fundamentals Course and only providing the Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Course. I’m wondering what other hospitals do for educating their new Heme/Onc nurses. The Fundamentals Course has so much information in it that I feel it’s necessary but per our hospital policy only the Chemo/Bio course is required. Also, how do you orient your new nurses to give chemotherapy/biotherapy? Do you team them up with an experienced nurse for a few shifts or does your clinical preceptors check them all off? Thanks so much!
—————————— Shannon Weller, BSN-RN, CPN, CPHON Clinical Preceptor – Inpatient Pediatrics WVU Medicine Children’s Morgantown, WV United States ——————————