Psychosocial Care in Oncology

Psychosocial Care in Oncology

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Cancer is a traumatic experience—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Patients, families, and other caregivers experience extreme distress, which can have a serious impact on their overall well-being. Explore strategies for helping your patients and their support network cope with cancer-related anxiety, depression, sexual alterations, cognitive dysfunction, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. You’ll also discuss the importance of nurses serving as leaders on the healthcare team, advocating for the provision of psychosocial care.

This course is offered on demand. Instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register. You will enjoy continuous access for six months.

Psychosocial Care in Oncology Course Topics

  • Background of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Distress
  • Cultural and Spiritual Issues
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Sleep-Wake Disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive Deficits
  • Sexual Alterations
  • Substance Abuse and Pre-Existing Psychiatric Disorders
  • Caregiver Issues
  • Survivorship
  • Psychosocial Resources

You may also be interested in the ONS book Psychosocial Dimensions of Oncology Nursing Care.

Expected Outcome

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of skills and tools for assessment and collaborative management of psychosocial distress by achieving a post test score of ≥ 80%.

Target Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of oncology nurses in all clinical settings and those interested in identifying advanced concepts to enhance assessment and management skills associated with psychosocial distress.

ILNA Breakdown

9.19 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 2.3 points: Psychosocial
  • 2.3 points: Survivorship or Psychosocial
  • 4.59 points: Professional

9.19 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 4.6 points: Survivorship
  • 4.59 points: Professional
Learning Objectives
  • Describe the prevalence of psychosocial issues in oncology.
  • Identify skills and tools for assessing emotional distress in oncology patients with cancer.
  • Discuss strategies for collaborative management of psychosocial issues in oncology nursing care.
  • Describe the impact of cultural and spiritual practices on living with cancer.

The Oncology Nursing Society is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

ONS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #2850.

Individual Pricing Options


Group purchases are available

 Registering for 10 or more people? Group discounts are available for this course.

To find out more, contact ONS customer service at or 866-257-4667, option 2. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am–5 pm EST.

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