Date of Graduation

Summer 8-17-2015

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Capella

Abstract

The purpose of my CNL project is to decrease the chemotherapy administration wait-time for adult oncology patients by increasing the numbers of certified providers. Unfortunately as an oncology unit, about 44% of the providers are not active chemotherapy providers. As a CNL, we must constantly evaluate our microsystems to improve our clinical practice and standards for the benefits of our patients, organization, and our clinical growth. Four barriers for not taking the online course were identified through surveys (course difficulty, low census of oncology patients, lack of knowledge or uncomfortable giving chemotherapy, and the cost of the course if failed). Chemotherapy administration records were audited from April to May 2015. It was noted that the average wait-time was over 5 hours. Fulfilling the role of an Educator, study sessions and study groups will be provided by an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) to the nurses to promote taking the ONS online course. Two groups were formed with one in August 2015 and the other November 2015. Total nurses enrolled are nine. Each group will meet 5 days with paid education leave and tuition reimbursement. Surveys will be distributed to the nurses at the end of the course to evaluate the effectiveness of the study sessions. Another audit will be done to compare the administration wait-times by January. Results will be analyzed and shared with unit and management in January 2016. The goals are to increase the numbers of chemotherapy providers by 25% by November 2016, and decrease chemotherapy administration wait-times by 25% by January 2016.

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