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Nurse-led supportive care management: a 6-month review of the role of a nurse practitioner in a chemotherapy unit


Cox, K and Karikios, D and Roydhouse, J and White, K, Nurse-led supportive care management: a 6-month review of the role of a nurse practitioner in a chemotherapy unit, Australian Health Review, 37, (5) pp. 632-635. ISSN 0156-5788 (2013) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/AH13069


Objectives: This case study evaluates the oncology nurse practitioner (NP) role in a chemotherapy unit.

Background: The NP works in the cancer centre of a major metropolitan public hospital. The NP role was established in the chemotherapy unit in 2007. The NP reviews all patients that have an unscheduled presentation to the unit, with symptoms relating either to their disease or treatment.

Methods: All unscheduled occasions of service provided by the NP in the chemotherapy unit over 6 months were recorded. Data were collected on patient demographic characteristics, medical problems and reason for presentation. Data on duration of care, interventions and outcomes administered by the NP were captured.

Results: There were 87 occasions of service (72 patients) during the study period. Nausea, vomiting or dehydration were the most common presenting problems and most presenting problems were moderate or severe (n = 73, 84%). The median time to review for the NP was 5 min and nearly all consultations (n = 83, 96%) took 30 min or less. Following NP consultation, most occasions of service did not require subsequent hospital admission (n = 52, 60%), medical advice (n = 61, 70%) or medical review (n = 75, 86%).

Conclusions: The NP is a valuable asset to a busy department, increasing access to timely and appropriate healthcare for patients on chemotherapy.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:oncology nurse, chemotherapy, nurse practitioner
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Roydhouse, J (Dr Jessica Roydhouse)
ID Code:137382
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-02-11
Last Modified:2020-02-18

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