Use of Exemplars: Identification of Best Practices in Cancer Prevention and Screening

Colleen O’Leary

prevention, Screening, early detection, nursing, best practice
CJON 2020, 24(5), 45-48. DOI: 10.1188/20.CJON.S2.45-48

Background: Prevention strategies help to teach what individuals can do to potentially offset cancer risks. Screenings can detect cancer at earlier stages, allowing for earlier treatments and better outcomes.

Objectives: This article seeks to identify best practices in cancer prevention and screening.

Methods: This article presents exemplars in oncology nursing that illustrate implementation of best practices for cancer prevention and screening.

Findings: Oncology nurses are well situated to not only provide education about prevention activities, but also to encourage participation in recommended screenings. Implementation of evidence-based practice, along with the nurses’ clinical knowledge and patient preferences, allows for the best outcomes for patients. The use of exemplars is an ideal way of telling nurses’ stories to share their experiences and how they affected patient outcomes.

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