A Model of Chemotherapy Education for Novice Oncology Nurses That Supports a Culture of Safety

Norma Sheridan-Leos

culture, safety
CJON 2007, 11(4), 545-551. DOI: 10.1188/07.CJON.545-551

Chemotherapy education at a mid-sized community hospital was redesigned to help novice oncology nurses improve patient safety and their own practice by implementing error prevention techniques during chemotherapy administration. Using a proactive approach with multidisciplinary participation and open communication, a systems analysis was conducted to identify potential chemotherapy errors. Then, chemotherapy processes were devised or strengthened to avoid errors. The project required a philosophical shift from error measurement to safety promotion.

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