City of Hope’s Alpha Clinic Plots ‘the Future of Nursing’
November 3, 2017 | by Wayne Lewis
We are moving away from task-based practice to what we see as the global future of nursing,” said Mary Perrin, B.S.N., R.N. O.C.N., B.M.T.C.N, director of ambulatory services and co-primary author of the paper, which was published Oct. 30. “You’re familiar with the research study and all the implications. You’re familiar with the treatment and symptom management and the theory behind it. The science is as important as your ability to administer care.”
The Alpha Clinic landed as a research entity within a very active nursing unit, the Day Hospital, not in the City of Hope Clinical Research Unit. The reason for this was to accelerate the stem cell trials into practice by testing therapies in an actual outpatient setting. The successful integration of this innovative research clinic into a modern outpatient, nursing unit is proven by its tremendous growth — from two clinical studies in April 2015 to 20 studies in October 2017. Key to this achievement is the clinic’s focus on the nursing element, highlighted in this publication. The other clinics in the CIRM network have taken notice.
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