Rosaleen Bloom, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, AOCNS®

Rosaleen Bloom, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, AOCNS®

Milwaukee, WI

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Position: Director-at-Large

Rosaleen Duggan Bloom, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, AOCNS®
Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center Milwaukee, WI


ONS member: 15 years

Anticipated December of 2017 (currently a doctoral candidate with successful defense of dissertation), PhD, University of Utah
2007, MS, University of Minnesota
2001, BSN, Marquette University

ONS PARTICIPATION (national and local):

2009-2012: Government Relations Committee Member, Metro Minnesota Chapter of ONS
2010: President, Metro Minnesota Chapter of ONS
2009: President-elect, Metro Minnesota Chapter of ONS
2009: Advanced Role Delineation Task Force Member, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation

2017-2018: Clinical Nurse Specialist representative, Aurora St. Luke's Nursing Coordinating Council
2015- present: Quality Coordinator, Aurora St. Luke's Clinical Program for Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)
2012- 2013: Co-Chair, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital's Interdisciplinary Pain Committee
2012- 2013: Co-Chair, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital's Nursing Pain Committee
2012-2013: Co-Chair, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital's Nursing Research Committee
2010-2012: Co-Chair/member, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital's Nursing Clinical Practice Council
2009-2013: Member, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital's Institutional Review Board

2012- present: member/Gamma Rho chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
2009, 2011 & 2013: advocate/American Cancer Society, Minnesota's Day at the Capitol

Position Statement: As an oncology clinical nurse specialist for the past decade I have taken on many opportunities to lead multidisciplinary and collaborative groups in a variety of settings. I have stepped up to these challenges and used them to build my knowledge and skills as a nursing leader. I have led nursing units through a variety of practice changes by providing my clinical expertise, listening and advocating for nursing staff, learning new technologies and skills and collaborating across disciplines. I believe in lifelong learning and recently successfully defended my dissertation at the University of Utah. My previous experiences as an ONS chapter presidentelect and president helped me to identify the needs of a greater community of oncology nurses and work to strategically plan the future of the Metro Minnesota chapter. During my time as president-elect and president we applied for and received the Oncology Nursing Society Chapter Excellence Award, expanded scholarship offerings despite tough economic times and thrived as a chapter due to the active engagement and work of our Metro Minnesota board and committee chairs. I believe these experiences have provided me with unique qualifications to lead as a Director-at-Large.

How have you advanced excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care? As an oncology clinical nurse specialist my entire role has centered on ensuring nursing staff provides the best evidence-based care to cancer patients and their families. This work has included policy revisions, practice changes, quality improvement projects focused on oncology and continuing education of staff. I have worked on and/or chaired multiple committees including: interdisciplinary and nursing pain, nursing research, nursing coordinating and practice councils, and area coordinating/unit based quality teams. I continually use my clinical expertise when weighing in on committee decisions/directions. As a lifelong learner I have continued to advance my oncology knowledge through continuing education offerings and education. I have presented at various local and national conferences on oncology related topics and quality projects. As a PhD candidate, my dissertation focused on caregivers' social support received on social media. My future research will continue to focus on cancer caregivers both formal and informal.

Provide a recent example of how you used innovation in your leadership experiences. One of the areas I have been able to apply innovation is in the development of different electronic health care record (EHR) tools. I have worked hard to understand the different ways to innovatively maximize the EHR. One way I applied these learnings included collaborating with physicians and the EHR builders to create best practice alerts (BPAs) related to safe blood administration practices. This included creating BPAs that addressed oncology related blood product needs like leukoreduced and irradiated products or the need for Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) typed products. Due to my expertise I have consistently used my EHR knowledge to improve documentation for oncology nurses, physicians and pharmacists in the institutions I have worked.

Provide a recent example of how you used advocacy in your leadership experiences. As one of the oncology clinical nurse specialists for my current hospital I asked to become a part of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 800 work group. In this group I worked with the outpatient oncology clinical nurse specialist, nurses and pharmacy to ensure we were providing safe handling for our all of our caregivers. In the discussions regarding policy changes we advocated to ensure we provided more than adequate personal protective equipment recommendations for drugs with less defined requirements. The USP 800 scope is focused on drug administration and disposal but does not focus on body fluid handling. As part of my role I created education on the upcoming United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 800 requirements for safe handling. To ensure we had comprehensive education and addressed all risks of exposure I promoted the inclusion of education on safe handling of bodily fluids despite it being beyond the scope of the USP 800 chapter. I added this to the education to ensure we were protecting caregivers at all potential exposure points. I also created additional training for our inpatient nursing assistants since much of our safe handling of bodily fluids.