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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 three major themes: quality of life, symptom management and communication. 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 visit the "Upcoming Conferences" web page for information and a listing of current educational opportunities. Please email any questions to NRE@coh.org and consider "Liking" us on Facebook!
 
Research Objectives
 
  • Conducting collaborative research studies on quality of life, symptom management and communication 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 more effective communication between patients, family caregivers and healthcare professionals.
  • 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, survivorship and communication 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 quality of life, symptom management of oncology and palliative care patients and communication. Multiple courses are offered throughout the year to health professionals from across the country. Visit our upcoming conferences page for current course offerings.
 

Current Research

Goal 1: Palliative Care
Test interventions to improve quality of life and symptom management for cancer patients from diagnosis, throughout treatment, survivorship and end of life.
 
Ongoing studies include:
  • Support for family caregivers
  • Palliative care for patients in Phase 1 clinical trials
  • Dissemination of a palliative care intervention for lung cancer in community hospitals
Goal 2: Communication
Develop and test interventions to support communication between patients, family caregivers and healthcare professionals.
  • Communication skills training for oncology nurses and other healthcare professionals
  • Interprofessional palliative care team communication training
  • Resource development and assessment for family caregivers
 
Goal 3: Survivorship Care
Develop and disseminate curricula on survivorship for health professions involved in cancer patient care.
 
Ongoing studies include:
  • Educating oncology nurses in survivorship care
  • Testing interventions for lung cancer survivors
  • Supporting long-term survivors with disease recurrence
 
 
City of Hope's Breakthroughs blog has featured articles on the study of palliative care for lung cancer patients, our previous 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
 
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. Visit course page for more details).
 
  • October 15-16, 2015: Washington, DC

     
 
 
 
 
  • Application Deadline: August 1, 2015
  • 2016 Dates/Locations Coming Soon!
 
Clinical Trials Training For Nurses and Program Administrators
Contact Liz Gourdine: mgourdine@coh.org Phone: 626-256-4673, ext. 63488
 
  • 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
 
All courses offer CE and/or CME units. For more information about ELNEC & registration, please visit:  www.aacn.nche.edu/elnec
 
 

NRE Resources

In addition to our educational course offerings, below you will find a sample of resources created and provided by the Division of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope.
 
The purpose of the City of Hope Pain and Palliative Care Resource Center (PRC) is to serve as a clearinghouse to disseminate information and resources to assist others in improving the quality of pain management and end of life care. This resource was established in 1995, is updated monthly and has been a central source for collecting a variety of materials including pain assessment tools, patient education materials, quality assurance materials, end of life resources, research instruments and other resources. Most items can be found using this website, PubMed, or Google Scholar. For questions, contact Celeste Radell: prc@coh.org
 
 
Mission: Under the direction of Dr. Elaine Wittenberg, Dr. Joy Goldsmith and an advisory board, PCC Institute provides information on communication training based on the COMFORTTM SM communication curriculum and offers provider, patient and family resources developed through rigorous research. PCC Institute provides a community to facilitate collaboration, create content for communication interventions, innovate communication approaches and tools, and research outcomes associated with communication in palliative care settings. For any questions regarding PCC Institute, contact Lisa Vallecorsa: pallcarecomm@coh.org
 
Here are a few resources located on the PCC Institute website:
 

Nursing Research and Education Research Staff

Nursing Research and Education Administrative Staff

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 three major themes: quality of life, symptom management and communication. 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 visit the "Upcoming Conferences" web page for information and a listing of current educational opportunities. Please email any questions to NRE@coh.org and consider "Liking" us on Facebook!
 
Research Objectives
 
  • Conducting collaborative research studies on quality of life, symptom management and communication 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 more effective communication between patients, family caregivers and healthcare professionals.
  • 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, survivorship and communication 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 quality of life, symptom management of oncology and palliative care patients and communication. Multiple courses are offered throughout the year to health professionals from across the country. Visit our upcoming conferences page for current course offerings.
 

Current Research

Current Research

Goal 1: Palliative Care
Test interventions to improve quality of life and symptom management for cancer patients from diagnosis, throughout treatment, survivorship and end of life.
 
Ongoing studies include:
  • Support for family caregivers
  • Palliative care for patients in Phase 1 clinical trials
  • Dissemination of a palliative care intervention for lung cancer in community hospitals
Goal 2: Communication
Develop and test interventions to support communication between patients, family caregivers and healthcare professionals.
  • Communication skills training for oncology nurses and other healthcare professionals
  • Interprofessional palliative care team communication training
  • Resource development and assessment for family caregivers
 
Goal 3: Survivorship Care
Develop and disseminate curricula on survivorship for health professions involved in cancer patient care.
 
Ongoing studies include:
  • Educating oncology nurses in survivorship care
  • Testing interventions for lung cancer survivors
  • Supporting long-term survivors with disease recurrence
 
 
City of Hope's Breakthroughs blog has featured articles on the study of palliative care for lung cancer patients, our previous 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
 
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. Visit course page for more details).
 
  • October 15-16, 2015: Washington, DC

     
 
 
 
 
  • Application Deadline: August 1, 2015
  • 2016 Dates/Locations Coming Soon!
 
Clinical Trials Training For Nurses and Program Administrators
Contact Liz Gourdine: mgourdine@coh.org Phone: 626-256-4673, ext. 63488
 
  • 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
 
All courses offer CE and/or CME units. For more information about ELNEC & registration, please visit:  www.aacn.nche.edu/elnec
 
 

NRE Resources

NRE Resources

In addition to our educational course offerings, below you will find a sample of resources created and provided by the Division of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope.
 
The purpose of the City of Hope Pain and Palliative Care Resource Center (PRC) is to serve as a clearinghouse to disseminate information and resources to assist others in improving the quality of pain management and end of life care. This resource was established in 1995, is updated monthly and has been a central source for collecting a variety of materials including pain assessment tools, patient education materials, quality assurance materials, end of life resources, research instruments and other resources. Most items can be found using this website, PubMed, or Google Scholar. For questions, contact Celeste Radell: prc@coh.org
 
 
Mission: Under the direction of Dr. Elaine Wittenberg, Dr. Joy Goldsmith and an advisory board, PCC Institute provides information on communication training based on the COMFORTTM SM communication curriculum and offers provider, patient and family resources developed through rigorous research. PCC Institute provides a community to facilitate collaboration, create content for communication interventions, innovate communication approaches and tools, and research outcomes associated with communication in palliative care settings. For any questions regarding PCC Institute, contact Lisa Vallecorsa: pallcarecomm@coh.org
 
Here are a few resources located on the PCC Institute website:
 

Research Staff

Nursing Research and Education Research Staff

Administrative Staff

Nursing Research and Education Administrative Staff

Current NRE Programs for Health Professionals

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