Open Access Articles

Sarah Garcia
CJON 2014, 18(5), 516-521 DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.18-05AP
Anxiety is one of the most common symptoms experienced by patients receiving their first chemotherapy treatment. Improper prevention and management of anxiety can lead to poor psychosocial outcomes, dissatisfaction with care, and decreased adherence to treatment. A review of the literature was...
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Tina M. Mason
Sheila M. Ferrall
Alice R. Boyington
Richard R. Reich
CJON 2014, 18(4), 421-425 DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.421-425
Experienced oncology nurses use different troubleshooting techniques for clearing occluded central venous access devices (CVADs) with varying degrees of success. The purpose of this study was to explore troubleshooting techniques used for clearing occluded CVADs by experienced oncology RNs and...
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Saul N. Weingart
Candace Hsieh
Sharon Lane
Angela M. Cleary
CJON 2014, 18(3), 321-326 DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.321-326
To understand the vulnerability of patients with cancer to central line-associated bloodstream infections related to tunneled central venous catheters (CVCs), patients were asked to describe their line care at home and in clinic and to characterize their knowledge and experience managing CVCs...
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Karen Kane McDonnell
Linda F. C. Bullock
Patricia J. Hollen
Janie Heath
Benjamin D. Kozower
CJON 2014, 18(2), 171-181 DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.18-02AP
Compelling evidence exists that continued smoking after a diagnosis of lung cancer adversely affects treatment effectiveness, survival, risk of recurrence, second malignancy, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). The importance of HRQOL to patients with cancer and their families has been well...
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Leah A. Scaramuzzo
Yuk Wong
Kira Lynn Voitle
Janet Gordils-Perez
CJON 2014, 18(1), 61-64 DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.61-64
Ambulatory and outpatient centers constantly are challenged with administrating cancer treatments in an efficient and safe way. With the advent of numerous novel cancer medications known to cause hypersensitivity reactions, nurses have become experts in managing these emergencies. However, patients...
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M. Encarlita Tee
Gayle Z. Balmaceda
Myra A. Granada
Clara S. Fowler
Judith K. Payne
CJON 2013, 17(6), 640-646 DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.640-646
Discussions about futile treatment options for patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) can be difficult for healthcare providers. These discussions often are not initiated before transplantation, but only after a patient's healthcare status deteriorates. Nurses are in a key...
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Amy E. McKeever
Joan Rosen Bloch
Andrea Bratic
CJON 2013, 17(5), 490-495 DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.490-495
Pharmaceutical drug shortages are multifaceted and complex problems that affect all aspects of health care, including patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, third-party payers, the pharmaceutical industry, and regulators. Drug shortages have increased significantly since 2000, which cause...
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Tracy A. Ruegg
CJON 2013, 17(4), E52-E57 DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.E52-E57
Providing comprehensive care for patients with cancer is complex with regard to severe treatment-related side effects. Hundreds of thousands of patients with cancer visit the emergency department (ED) each year, and more than half report multiple visits. In the United States, few of the National...
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Linda Baer
Elizabeth Weinstein
CJON 2013, 17(3), E45-E51 DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.E45-E51
When oncology nurses have strong communication skills, they play a pivotal role in influencing patient satisfaction, adherence to plans of care, and overall clinical outcomes. However, research studies indicate that nurses tend to keep communication with patients and families at a superficial,...
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Rebecca Penrose
Lisa Beatty
Julie Mattiske
Bogda Koczwara
CJON 2013, 17(2), 188-193 DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.188-193
The objective of the current article was to assess the psychosocial impact of treatment-related infertility or the possibility of infertility on young women with cancer in contrast to the general population. Literature on the subject of female infertility among the general population and treatment-...
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