Nursing in the Cancer Care Network
High Quality Oncology Nursing in the Community
Most cancer care occurs in community health systems, yet academic health systems (which care for 20 percent of cancer patients) have robust comprehensive programs and expertise. Many small or rural community-based oncology practices and inpatient units have limited access to resources for quality improvement and professional development.
Creating a bridge between a community health system and an academic health system provides access to expert oncology nursing, advanced technology, education, and resources. By implementing standards, providing resources to independent institutions, and requiring a multi-dimensional approach, local practices improve upon their quality of care.
The Cancer Care Network (CCN) offers education opportunities and ensures best practices with the guidance of professional organizations such as Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN®), Infusion Nursing Society (INS), and more.
Provider and Nursing Education
A wide variety of educational options are available to maintain and enhance best practices for providers, nurses, and other key personnel. Educational opportunities are provided on both virtual and in-person platforms. An ongoing review of needs assessments provides a framework for programs. Nursing education and professional development include but are not limited to:
Inpatient Oncology Care
- Preparation of inpatient nurses for oncology admissions, assessment, and symptom management for patients undergoing treatment
- Recognition, assessment, and nursing management of oncologic emergencies
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Review Courses
- Review classes in preparation for ONS chemotherapy, biotherapy, and oncology nursing certifications
Quarterly Educational Video Conferences
- Developed by the nurse educator, in partnership with UCDH nursing departments such as the Center for Nursing Science, Center for Professional Practice of Nursing (CPPN), to promote Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
- Departmental training on safe handling of chemotherapy drug waste, excreta, chemotherapy spill management, and appropriate personal protective equipment
- Annual didactic and simulation oncology sessions at the UC Davis Center for Simulation and Education Enhancement
- Provides hands-on training in the recognition, response, and management of oncologic emergencies and hypersensitivity reactions
Transition to Oncology
- Two-day inter-professional course featuring an overview of cancer basics, treatment, symptom management, and oncology nursing standards of care
- Care and management of Vascular Access Devices (VAD) to include prevention strategies and management of VAD complications
Virtual Tumor Boards
- Using state-of-the-art technology, teams of specialists meet in video conferences to share medical information and collaborate on treatment options
For more information, contact Celia Pena, Oncology Clinical Nurse Educator, via email or (916) 734-0462.