Ellen Rice Tichich, MFA, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

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Featured Publications

Caring for the Geriatric Patient: What Oncology Nurses Need to Know

Older age is a significant risk factor for many types of cancer. It is estimated that by 2030, 70% of patients with new cancer diagnoses will be 65 and older.1 It is imperative that nurses caring for geriatric patients understand the unique challenges their patients face to ensure that the care provided meets those needs. In a recent interview with Oncology Nursing News®, Leana Cabrera Chien, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, and Jeanine Moreno, MS, APRN, AGNP-C, shared their insights on geriatric oncology nurs

Adolescent and Young Adult Patients Face Unique Needs, Challenges

The National Cancer Institute estimated that in 2020, 89,500 adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients (aged 15 to 39 years) would be diagnosed with cancer.1 Receiving a cancer diagnosis at any age is troubling, but for the AYA population, the impact of cancer differs from that of pediatric and elderly patients. Oncology nurses can help meet the needs of their AYA patients by learning about their concerns and answering questions that may otherwise go unasked. Donna Bell, MSN, RN, FNP-C, is a n

Global Oncology Nursing Improves Cancer Care Worldwide

In November 2011, Annette Galassi, MA, BSN, OCN, traveled to Ethiopia with the organization Health Volunteers Overseas to help start a new project. She had long wanted to volunteer and had a growing interest in oncology nursing in low-resource settings. When she ran across an advertisement in an oncology publication looking for nurses and doctors to volunteer, Galassi was in the right place in life and ready to commit. She followed the pull and applied.

Improving Compassion Satisfaction Amid a Nursing Shortage

A nationwide nursing shortage is not only reducing the amount of time oncology nurses have to spend with their patients, but also increasing the risk for burnout and compassion fatigue.1 With the need for cancer care projected to outpace the supply of practitioners by 2025, nurses should use their time efficiently and take measures to avoid burnout.2 Nurses at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, California took on this problem when they tackled staff inefficiencies in the infusion center by

Providing Essential Education and Support for Parents of Pediatric Patients

Parents often become distressed or overwhelmed when their child receives a cancer diagnosis, especially if the prognosis is poor. Nurses must be sensitive to parents’ emotional needs when providing important information about the disease and safely caring for the child at home, and a number of strategies can help guide their interactions with parents.In 2019, more than 11,000 children will be given a cancer diagnosis, and almost 1200 children are expected to die from the disease.Behind accidents

Novel Technology Helps Patient Manage Symptoms

Technology has revolutionized healthcare, making it safer and more accessible than ever. Smart pumps deliver intravenous medications. Electronic health records influence decision support. Remote pharmacists and video conferencing services connect clinicians with resources and information from professionals across the globe. Researchers partner with artificial intelligence programs for developing new drugs, predicting tumor evolution, and distinguishing types of cancer cells. Technology has become an indispensable component of modern healthcare.