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Exploring the work of nurses who administer chemotherapy to children and young people.

Gibson, F, Shipway, L, Aldiss, S, Hawkins, J, King, W, Parr, M, Ridout, D, Verity, R and Taylor, RM (2013) Exploring the work of nurses who administer chemotherapy to children and young people. Eur J Oncol Nurs, 17 (1). pp. 59-69.

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PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH: To explore the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of nurses who administer chemotherapy to children and young people. METHODS AND SAMPLE: A national postal survey of nurses working within the 21 cancer centres in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The questionnaire included 25-items addressing the attitudes, beliefs and concerns regarding nurses' roles, support mechanisms and educational preparation related to administration of chemotherapy. RESULTS: In total 286/507 (56%) questionnaires were returned. The majority of nurses worked in inpatient +/-outpatient (78%) settings and most gave chemotherapy on a daily basis (61%). The median time working in oncology was 10 [range 0.5-32] years and time administering chemotherapy was 8 [0.1-32] years. Aspects of administration that caused the most worry included treatment side-effects, extravasation, dealing with allergic/anaphylactic reactions and knowledge deficits in colleagues. There was no significant difference in worry according to level of nurse education but those with an oncology qualification had less Knowledge-related worry (p = 0.05). There was no difference in attitude according to level of education or having an oncology qualification. There were significant correlations between time qualified, time working in oncology and the number of years administering chemotherapy and the worry domains (ranging from r = -0.14 to r = -0.24, p < 0.05); and attitude to chemotherapy (ranging from r = 0.12 to r = 0.26, p < 0.001). CONCLUSION: As anticipated nurses new to chemotherapy administration were initially anxious about the role and they worried about making a drug error. Education and support from colleagues appears to have a positive effect on reducing worry and increasing competence.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Biosciences
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Biosciences and Medicine
Authors :
Gibson, F
Shipway, L
Aldiss, S
Hawkins, J
King, W
Parr, M
Ridout, D
Verity, R
Taylor, RM
Date : February 2013
DOI : 10.1016/j.ejon.2012.01.006
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2013. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Uncontrolled Keywords : Adolescent, Adult, Child, Clinical Competence, Female, Great Britain, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Ireland, Male, Neoplasms, Nurse's Role, Nursing Staff, Hospital, Oncology Nursing, Self Efficacy, Stress, Psychological, Surveys and Questionnaires
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Jun 2016 13:20
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:22

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