Date of Graduation

Spring 5-21-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Population Health Leadership

First Advisor

Juli Maxworthy

Second Advisor

Elena Capella



Problem: According to The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) 2020 World Cancer Report, cancer has contributed to 9.6 million deaths in 2018 and is now globally considered the second most common cause of death (IARC, 2020).

Context: As a cancer patient moves beyond diagnosis, there becomes a need to introduce the plan of care and education related to evidence-based treatments with an intent to cure. As the delivery of these treatments continues to move toward outpatient care, herein lies the challenge of sharing important information with the patient to improve health outcomes.

Intervention: This DNP change of practice project used an evidence-based educational training toolkit and educational endeavor targeting oncology nurse coordinators.

Measures: The author developed Nurse-Led Pre-Treatment Education Experience Survey that was used to collect baseline data pre-and post-training to measure project outcomes.

Results: Thirteen Nurse Coordinators participated in this educational change of practice. It was anticipated that through education and a toolkit, nurse knowledge would increase by 20 %. The data analyzed after the intervention showed an increase in nurse knowledge of 35%.

Conclusion: The value of providing an educational toolkit for use by oncology nurses

has shown to improve knowledge and comfort levels for these providers and enable the patient to self-manage potential treatment-related side effects.

Keywords: nurse, nurse coordinator, patient education, navigator, chemotherapy teaching

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