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Cancer and Chemotherapy - 60075
Cancer and Chemotherapy

60075 l 8.30 contact hrs
by Rebecca Crane-Okada, RN, PhD, CNS, AOCN and Vickie K. Fieler, RN, PhD, AOCN and Jennifer Stephens, PhD(c), MA, RN, OCN
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This course has been approved for 6 hours by the Commission on Case Manager Certification for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 1/15/10 through 12/31/10, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and for 8 hours for 2014 and 2015.
The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with an overview of the concepts of cancer and a basic foundation in the nursing care of adult patients receiving chemotherapy. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss three myths about cancer
  • Identify two phases of cancer development
  • List the three major forms of cancer treatment and whether their effects are local or systemic
  • Define adjuvant chemotherapy
  • Describe the rationale for combination chemotherapy and the schedule of administration requiring repeated administration of the drugs
  • Identify three guidelines for the nurse administering chemotherapy IV
  • Describe a patient situation in which combination chemotherapy is being administered and list one point each for patient education specific to mucositis, alopecia and peripheral neurotoxicity
  • Discuss two nursing interventions each for the patient experiencing neutropenia and thrombocytopenia
  • Identify mechanisms of nausea and vomiting related to physiological causes and anticipatory anxiety
Effective 8/1/2014, the Florida Board of Nursing will not accept contact hours offered in tenth hour increments (example: 1.6 contact hours). Course contact hours will be rounded down to the nearest half hour (example: 1.6 contact hours becomes 1.5 contact hours, 1.4 contact hours becomes 1.0 contact hours). This course will be reported to CE Broker for FL RNs, LPNs, ARNPs, and CNSs as 8 hours.

This home study course is an overview of basic concepts of cancer and the nursing care of adult patients receiving chemotherapy. Topics include theories of carcinogenesis, normal and cancer-cell biology, diagnosis and staging of cancer, treatment modalities, mechanisms of drug actions, administration guidelines, adverse effects and preventive and symptomatic psychosocial and physiological patient care.
Nurses who are not specialized in the care of cancer patients will find this course especially valuable. Oncology nurses will find this course to be a good review.

This course will be updated or discontinued on or before 6/7/2016

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