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Nursing Research and Education

The Division of Nursing Research and Education is nationally renowned for its collaborative, multidisciplinary scientific studies on oncology care. The research program is organized around two major themes: quality of life and symptom management. Studies range from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship and end-of-life care, providing valuable insights in cancer control and population science. Research conducted by this division has improved the care delivered to patients throughout the nation. The Division also holds several professional educational programs each year. Please click on the "Upcoming Conferences" tab for information and a listing of current educational opportunities.
 
Research Objectives
 
  • Conducting collaborative research studies on quality of life and/or symptom management in City of Hope’s targeted areas: prostate, colorectal,pancreatic, ovarian,breast and lung cancers; leukemia, lymphoma and other hematologic disorders.
  • Providing nursing research presence and expertise at all Cancer Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee and Institutional Review Board meetings.
  • Exploring strategies for nurse retention, with an emphasis on decreasing the stress of working with a cancer patient population.
  • Expanding research participation and evidence-based practice activities toward achieving Magnet Status criteria.
  • Disseminating findings of research studies, including information available on palliative/end-of-life care and survivorship, to those at City of Hope and throughout the United States.
 
 
City of Hope’s Division of Nursing Research and Education conducts interdisciplinary research organized around the quality of life and symptom management of oncology patients. Multiple courses are offered throughout the year to health professionals from across the country.
 

Current Research

Goal 1
Describe the effects of cancer and cancer treatment on quality of life and symptoms in cancer patients throughout the trajectory of disease.
 
Ongoing studies include:
  • Describing quality of life in colorectal cancer survivors with stomas
  • Describing illness perception, pain and symptom distress in gastrointestinal cancers

Goal 2
Test interventions to improve quality of life and symptom management for cancer patients from diagnosis and throughout treatment, survivorship and end of life care.
 
Ongoing studies include:
  • Palliative care for patients with all stages of lung cancer
  • Support for family caregivers
  • Palliative care for patients in Phase 1 clinical trials
  • Use of technology to deliver communication training
  • Survivorship care planning in gastrointestinal and lung cancers
  • Comprehensive program to support recovery for patients and informal caregivers after thoracic surgery

Goal 3
Develop and disseminate curricula on palliative/end-of-life care and survivorship for health professions involved in cancer patient care.
 
Ongoing studies include:
  • Disseminating the end-of-life curriculum for nursing faculty and clinical nurses
  • Disseminating and evaluating survivorship education for multidisciplinary teams caring from cancer patients
  • Disseminating and evaluating transdisciplinary palliative care education for psycho-oncology professionals
  • Communication skills for oncology nurses and other professionals
  • Interprofessional team training for palliative-care communication
 
City of Hope's Breakthroughs blog has featured articles on the study of palliative care for lung cancer patients, our caregiver study and an most recently an Institute of Medicine Report  and video about delivering high quality cancer care for patients and their families.
 

Upcoming Nursing Research and Education Conferences, 2014-2015

Educational Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals
 
Applications are now closed for the January 28-29, 2015 course. Please visit the course webpage , the Pallitaive Care Communication institute website: www.pccinstitute.com and/or contact Lisa Kilburn: pallcarecomm@coh.org for future training information and to be added to our mailing list.
 
 
Using the evidence-based COMFORTTM SM Communication Curriculum, this interactive 2-day course will include communication skills-building sessions and provide participants with a communication toolkit that includes a copy of the curriculum, books, USB of video examples with teaching guide, and additional resources. Using a goal-directed method of teaching, faculty will help teams develop three goals for implementing process improvement related to communication. Competitively selected oncology nurse teams from (2 participants per team) will be selected and the curriculum is appropriate for any level of learner (CEUs will be offered).
 
 
Clinical Trials Training For Nurses and Program Administrators
Contact Liz Gourdine: mgourdine@coh.org Phone: 626-256-4673, ext. 63488
 
  • May 28-29, 2015: Anaheim, CA
  • October 1-2, 2015: Orlando, FL
 
City of Hope's Division of Nursing Research and Education is celebrating its 24th Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) Course in 2015. This innovative course commemorates 24 years of commitment and leadership in the education of nurses in best practices for pain relief. Since the first PRN course over 2,300 nurses have attended to gain knowledge and resources to improve their own care of patients in pain and to develop the role of the pain resource nurse for their institutions.
This comprehensive two-day program includes pain assessment, pharmacologic management, equianalgesic calculations, integrative approaches, communication for better pain management, psycho-spiritual aspects, managing pain in special populations, workshops on cancer pain, interventional pain, meditation, music therapy and preparing for the pain management certification exam. Participants also receive an extensive syllabus, which includes presentations, pain references, and resources to support improved pain management practice. Breakfast and lunch are included with registration. Please visit the course webpage for more information.
 
National ELNEC Courses 2015

 
ELNEC - Asian Pre-Conference
August 18, 2015-Kona, HI
 
ELNEC- Core 2015
November 5 - 6, 2015-Washington, DC
 
 
 
November 5 - 6, 2015-Washington, DC (Adult Track Only)
 
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
 
All courses offer CE and/or CME units. For more information about ELNEC & registration, please visit:  www.aacn.nche.edu/elnec
 
 

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Nursing Research and Education

Nursing Research and Education

The Division of Nursing Research and Education is nationally renowned for its collaborative, multidisciplinary scientific studies on oncology care. The research program is organized around two major themes: quality of life and symptom management. Studies range from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship and end-of-life care, providing valuable insights in cancer control and population science. Research conducted by this division has improved the care delivered to patients throughout the nation. The Division also holds several professional educational programs each year. Please click on the "Upcoming Conferences" tab for information and a listing of current educational opportunities.
 
Research Objectives
 
  • Conducting collaborative research studies on quality of life and/or symptom management in City of Hope’s targeted areas: prostate, colorectal,pancreatic, ovarian,breast and lung cancers; leukemia, lymphoma and other hematologic disorders.
  • Providing nursing research presence and expertise at all Cancer Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee and Institutional Review Board meetings.
  • Exploring strategies for nurse retention, with an emphasis on decreasing the stress of working with a cancer patient population.
  • Expanding research participation and evidence-based practice activities toward achieving Magnet Status criteria.
  • Disseminating findings of research studies, including information available on palliative/end-of-life care and survivorship, to those at City of Hope and throughout the United States.
 
 
City of Hope’s Division of Nursing Research and Education conducts interdisciplinary research organized around the quality of life and symptom management of oncology patients. Multiple courses are offered throughout the year to health professionals from across the country.
 

Current Research

Current Research

Goal 1
Describe the effects of cancer and cancer treatment on quality of life and symptoms in cancer patients throughout the trajectory of disease.
 
Ongoing studies include:
  • Describing quality of life in colorectal cancer survivors with stomas
  • Describing illness perception, pain and symptom distress in gastrointestinal cancers

Goal 2
Test interventions to improve quality of life and symptom management for cancer patients from diagnosis and throughout treatment, survivorship and end of life care.
 
Ongoing studies include:
  • Palliative care for patients with all stages of lung cancer
  • Support for family caregivers
  • Palliative care for patients in Phase 1 clinical trials
  • Use of technology to deliver communication training
  • Survivorship care planning in gastrointestinal and lung cancers
  • Comprehensive program to support recovery for patients and informal caregivers after thoracic surgery

Goal 3
Develop and disseminate curricula on palliative/end-of-life care and survivorship for health professions involved in cancer patient care.
 
Ongoing studies include:
  • Disseminating the end-of-life curriculum for nursing faculty and clinical nurses
  • Disseminating and evaluating survivorship education for multidisciplinary teams caring from cancer patients
  • Disseminating and evaluating transdisciplinary palliative care education for psycho-oncology professionals
  • Communication skills for oncology nurses and other professionals
  • Interprofessional team training for palliative-care communication
 
City of Hope's Breakthroughs blog has featured articles on the study of palliative care for lung cancer patients, our caregiver study and an most recently an Institute of Medicine Report  and video about delivering high quality cancer care for patients and their families.
 

Upcoming Conferences

Upcoming Nursing Research and Education Conferences, 2014-2015

Educational Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals
 
Applications are now closed for the January 28-29, 2015 course. Please visit the course webpage , the Pallitaive Care Communication institute website: www.pccinstitute.com and/or contact Lisa Kilburn: pallcarecomm@coh.org for future training information and to be added to our mailing list.
 
 
Using the evidence-based COMFORTTM SM Communication Curriculum, this interactive 2-day course will include communication skills-building sessions and provide participants with a communication toolkit that includes a copy of the curriculum, books, USB of video examples with teaching guide, and additional resources. Using a goal-directed method of teaching, faculty will help teams develop three goals for implementing process improvement related to communication. Competitively selected oncology nurse teams from (2 participants per team) will be selected and the curriculum is appropriate for any level of learner (CEUs will be offered).
 
 
Clinical Trials Training For Nurses and Program Administrators
Contact Liz Gourdine: mgourdine@coh.org Phone: 626-256-4673, ext. 63488
 
  • May 28-29, 2015: Anaheim, CA
  • October 1-2, 2015: Orlando, FL
 
City of Hope's Division of Nursing Research and Education is celebrating its 24th Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) Course in 2015. This innovative course commemorates 24 years of commitment and leadership in the education of nurses in best practices for pain relief. Since the first PRN course over 2,300 nurses have attended to gain knowledge and resources to improve their own care of patients in pain and to develop the role of the pain resource nurse for their institutions.
This comprehensive two-day program includes pain assessment, pharmacologic management, equianalgesic calculations, integrative approaches, communication for better pain management, psycho-spiritual aspects, managing pain in special populations, workshops on cancer pain, interventional pain, meditation, music therapy and preparing for the pain management certification exam. Participants also receive an extensive syllabus, which includes presentations, pain references, and resources to support improved pain management practice. Breakfast and lunch are included with registration. Please visit the course webpage for more information.
 
National ELNEC Courses 2015

 
ELNEC - Asian Pre-Conference
August 18, 2015-Kona, HI
 
ELNEC- Core 2015
November 5 - 6, 2015-Washington, DC
 
 
 
November 5 - 6, 2015-Washington, DC (Adult Track Only)
 
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
 
All courses offer CE and/or CME units. For more information about ELNEC & registration, please visit:  www.aacn.nche.edu/elnec
 
 

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Recognized nationwide for its innovative biomedical research, City of Hope's Beckman Research Institute is home to some of the most tenacious and creative minds in science.
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City of Hope is one of only 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, the highest designation awarded by the National Cancer Institute to institutions that lead the way in cancer research, treatment, prevention and professional education.
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