Date of Graduation

Fall 12-15-2023

Document Access

Restricted Project/Capstone - USF access only

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


MSN project

First Advisor

Laura Oka, DNP, MSN, RN, CNL


Problem: Breast cancer is the leading cause of death by cancer among women in the United States. It is also the most diagnosed cancer, after skin cancer, among women in this population.

Context: Treatment for breast cancer is transforming quickly, with many patients opting for oral chemotherapy treatment options. However, adherence to oral medications has varied due to a lack of education and monitoring. Healthcare professionals need to provide evidence-based information and education to patients.

Interventions: A quality improvement project enhanced evidence-based patient education materials and created an oral chemotherapy treatment toolkit for nurse coordinators to utilize before educating patients about at-home oral chemotherapy.

Measures: Patient teaching comfortability, knowledge, and toolkit effectiveness data were collected from pre- and post-implementation surveys given to nurse coordinators.

Results: Thirteen Stanford Women's Cancer Center nurse coordinators participated in the project. The survey responses revealed an average increase of 93.9% in nurse coordinators' comfort in teaching, understanding of responsibilities, and ability to provide patients with evidence-based materials related to specific oral chemotherapy medications.

Conclusions: Developing and implementing a standardized toolkit increases the nurse's ability to provide high-quality and accurate patient education regarding self-administered oral chemotherapy medications. This approach empowers nurses to provide patient education to improve adherence and manage potential side effects associated with oral chemotherapy.

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